South Wales Police is piloting facial recognition at one of Europe’s biggest sporting events. According to Motherboard, British police will be scanning the faces of people that day at Cardiff’s main train station, as well as in and around the stadium ahead of European soccer’s biggest match.
According to a government tender issued by South Wales Police, the captured images will be compared in real time to the 500,000 images stored in police records to alert authorities of any “persons of interest.”
Not surprisingly, authorities are taking extra precautions due to recent matchday violence around the world, most recently citing the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus ahead of the Champions League match against AS Monaco earlier this month. In that incident, three explosions shattered the bus windows and injured defender Marc Bartra.
The use of automated facial recognition software isn’t new in the United Kingdom. London’s Metropolitan Police utilised the technology during the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival.
Taking precautionary measures to prevent possible terrorist attacks or incidents is a welcomed sight and will only increase in the future.