Macau (MNA) – The Director of Gaming Teaching and Research Centre in the Macau Polytechnic Institute (MPI), Wang Changbin, told MNA in an interview that facial recognition technology can be implemented into the latest version of surveillance technologies used by casinos, which may be used to fulfil the requirements of the new casino entry bans that were passed in a law on December 18, 2018.
Wang claimed that casino operators are currently combining cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) in order to track data such as the flow of people throughout the resorts, how much money had been put on the gaming table and the value of cards held by players.
Melco Resorts and Entertainment has recently announced in its sustainability and corporate social responsibility report that the company will implement a biometric intelligence system known as Melguard to limit entry of casino staff onto the gaming floor.
Melco noted that while the company has used facial recognition systems since 2016, the latest generation of systems will be installed in its Macau and Manila properties in 2019.
Melguard will also be used in conjunction with a card known as a ‘MyNumber’ for the firm’s potential operations in Japan.