African sports stadiums eye biometric turnstiles
10 December 2014 10:56 GMT

Stadium planners say the technology will ‘revolutionise’ security management.

Major stadium projects in African countries are mulling the introduction of  biometric turnstiles and ticketing system to counter hooliganism, ticket touting and other security issues.

A project manager building the Francistown Stadium in Botswana said that new additions to the plans for the 27,000-capacity stadium included a biometric ticketing system.

James Tasethab said the plan would make the stadium will the first in the country use a biometric ticket purchasing system.

Those plans follow the news that a biometric system will likely installed at Malawi’s Silver Stadium as part of a 500 million kwacha (US$1 million) expansion.

“The installation of the equipment is part of measures that are needed to prevent violence and hooliganism in the stadium”, Silver Strikers treasurer Fred Kalonga told The Nation.

“In case of violence, we will pin point the people who caused it. It is a complete revolution of security management at matches,” he added.

Earlier this year, Hungarian champions Ferencvaros’ installed palm vein scanners at their ground in Budapest, with the aim of stamping out hooliganism.

The firm who developed the solution, Biosec, said it is fast enough to let 22 000 people in within 60 minutes at 36 gates.However, fans have since formed a group protesting the technology.

At ADO Den Haag's ground in the Hague, facial recognition at the entrance and in the stadium are linked to microphone detection of aggressive or otherwise undesirable speech. The latter system can allocate a person that starts a discriminating football chant and detect who is following.

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