Australia’s second biggest casino is going to start using facial recognition technology


The Star Casino in Sydney is going to deploy facial recognition technology as part of a $10 million security upgrade, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The move to embrace the technology comes after a croupier was caught trying to steal a $5,000 chip by hiding it in his sock. He was caught by CCTV cameras directly above his head.

Located in Sydney, The Star is Australia’s second-biggest casino after Melbourne’s Crown Casino and it already contains hundreds of surveillance cameras.

The facial recognition cameras will be deployed in high-risk areas over the coming months, according to The Daily Telegraph. They will be able to match peoples’ faces to those held in a database of known offenders.

The Star’s surveillance chief Catherine Clark said: “It will also be incorporated into our customer service where we can recognise customers and welcome them back personally, telling them their favourite drink is waiting at the bar.”

As part of the surveillance upgrade, The Star is also getting new door alarms, ID scanners, infra-red night vision cameras and motion sensors, according to The Daily Telegraph.

“Surveillance here is a 24 hour, seven day a week operation. On a Saturday night we have 150 people working in our surveillance and security teams,” Clark added, saying that she gets her best ideas from “watching movies like Oceans 11.”