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WEST VALLEY, UTAH POLICE INSTALLS FACIAL RECOGNITION IN VENUE

BULINGTON, Ontario, Canada and NEWTOWN, Penn.

The ‘E’ Center hockey venue in West Valley City, Utah, will soon be equipped with a combination of FaceTrace™ technologies by AcSys Biometrics Corp. and Graphco Technologies Inc. The system will help secure the 8,400-seat capacity venue’s access points for men’s and women’s hockey beginning this month.

The West Valley City Police Department is responsible for securing the ‘E’ Center during the upcoming winter Olympic games. West Valley is a suburb of Salt Lake City. With AcSys FRS as the face-recognition system, the issue of privacy is addressed. According to the company, it does not retain images of people it does not find on a watch list. It can, however, track up to four faces simultaneously. It is an open system that can facilitate the use of any facial recognition engine, enabling Graphco to build customized solutions for any application.

The system surrounds the entire application in a secure network. “The tenor has now changed,” says West Valley City Police Chief Alan Kerstein. “People want to be comfortable that we are doing everything we can to protect them. A database of known convicts will be built for the face-recognition system in West Valley based on files from both local and federal agencies.”

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