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Andre Cohen

Facial recognition cameras and surveillance drones will be used for crowd security purposes at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, according to AFP. Qatari organizers will use more than 15,000 cameras to monitor fan activity at the eight World Cup stadiums and on the streets of Doha.

CCTV cameras in the streets of the city of Doha are said to use facial recognition while researchers from Qatar University have developed drone surveillance systems capable of estimating the number of passers-by in the streets of the city. The data and images will be transmitted to the Aspire Control Center, which Qatari officials have developed as a headquarters to monitor gate security, transport systems and maintenance issues at World Cup stadiums and the streets of the city. town.

“We have our eyes on the pitch, we can see the 15,000 cameras spread across the eight stadiums,” Strive CTO Nias Abdulrahiman told AFP. He added, “What you see here is a new normal, a new trend in venue operations, it’s our contribution from Qatar to the world of sport. What you see here is the future of stadium operations.”

All local and international supporters attending World Cup matches must complete a Map of Hayaaa Qatari government digital ID app that asks fans to upload a photo of their face and scan their passport.

The AFP report did not specify the developer of the facial recognition technology that will be used in Qatar. Russian technology company NtechLab previously deployed its facial recognition system at the 2018 world cup in Moscow, which local authorities used to identify and arrest more than 40 suspects at events related to the soccer tournament. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil presented facial recognition stadium security from a Japanese company NECwho also provided her facial acknowledgement cameras at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Neal T. Doss