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FC: Cameras at Super Bowl scanned faces looking for criminals
From: Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 11:37:09 -0500


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Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 04:42:12 -0600 (CST)
From: William Knowles <wk () c4i org>
To: Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Subject: Cameras scanned fans for criminals

Declan,

Thought you might find this interesting.

William Knowles
wk () c4i org


http://www.sptimes.com/News/013101/TampaBay/Cameras_scanned_fans_.shtml

January 31, 2001
By ROBERT TRIGAUX

TAMPA -- Were you one of the 100,000 fans and workers to pass through
the stadium turnstiles at Sunday's Super Bowl? Did you smile for the
camera?

Each and every face that entered Raymond James Stadium for the big
game was captured by a video camera connected to a law enforcement
control room inside the stadium.

In milliseconds, each facial image was digitized and checked
electronically against the computer files of known criminals,
terrorists and con artists of the Tampa Police Department, the FBI and
other state and local law enforcement agencies.

Sunday's Super Bowl was the first major sporting event to adopt the
face-matching surveillance system. But the designers of the system
expect other security-sensitive sporting events, ranging from the
upcoming 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City to the
hooligan-plagued soccer leagues in parts of Europe, to express great
interest.

[...]

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http://www.viisage.com/january_29_2001.htm

Press Releases

GRAPHCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Provides Surveillance for Raymond James Stadium to Identify Known Suspects, Deter Crime

On January 28th, Criminals No Longer Another Face in the Tampa Stadium Crowd

Tampa, Florida, January 29, 2001 -Graphco Technologies, Inc. (G-TEC), a leading developer of technology and solutions for biometric authentication, secure access, and expert information-sharing systems, announced today that they provided a surveillance and facial recognition system at both the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and at Ybor City, Florida. The system was in place from January 21 - January 28, 2001 to monitor potential criminal activities during the sporting events and related activities at the two locations.

In cooperation with the Tampa Sports Authority, Graphco Technologies partnered with Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTNA, RTNB) Linthicum, Maryland office, Viisage Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: VISG), and VelTek International, Inc., to provide its FaceTrac facial recognition system to the Tampa Police Department and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

"Not everyone comes to sporting events with good intentions," says David Watkins, G-TEC's Managing Director, "The multiple distractions at the nation's premier athletic events provide criminals with opportunities to engage in a variety of illegal activities. G-TEC's facial recognition system provided the Raymond James Stadium with a superior surveillance system that not only captures images of individuals but also compares their facial features against a database of known felons."

The FaceTrac core facial recognition technology provides the ability to locate faces, to build 'face print' templates and to recognize matches to images stored in a database. When integrated with G-TEC's law enforcement database, FaceTrac allows rapid search, comparison and identification of suspect facial photos within the database. FaceTrac may be used for surveillance with multiple locations networked to a high capacity site, for analysis and system-search results. G-TEC installed FaceTrac at the Raymond James Stadium as a single site system, integrated with a custom designed database and search result notifications for tracking faces in a crowd and monitoring access to secure areas.

Tom Colatosti, Viisage President and CEO said, "Places where large crowds are present, such as sporting events, are tempting targets for all types mischief, criminal behavior and larger threats. Using patented Viisage technology, G-TEC has introduced a new generation of tools for law enforcement officials to more effectively and non-intrusively provide for public safety. As an integral partner in the project, Viisage Technology provided G-TEC with the industry's leading and most robust face-recognition technology."

Viisage Technology's FaceFINDER software drives the FaceTrac surveillance and identification process. Viisage's industry-leading face-recognition technology has the world's largest image database deployment in surveillance and investigative applications. Viisage also provided the project with image acquisition and integration technology and services.

During the week of January 21st, G-TEC deployed the FaceTrac system throughout the Raymond James Stadium to detect and identify individuals who are wanted or suspect, and may present a danger to the public. Using standard cameras to recognize human faces during entry to the sporting event, FaceTrac continuously compared faces in the incoming crowd to an extensive, customized database of known felons, terrorists, and con artists provided by multiple local, state and federal agencies. A law enforcement task force of local, state and federal agency personnel monitored the system. Once individuals were matched with photo files in the database, officers of the joint task force, circulating throughout the complex, could be dispatched immediately to make possible arrests, quickly and discreetly.

In addition to installing cameras supplied by VelTek International at the Raymond James Stadium, G-TEC adapted its FaceTrac capability to cameras in Ybor City, Florida to oversee the celebrations before and after the athletic events. Raytheon Company, a global developer and supplier of high-tech products and services, and a G-TEC partner, provided sophisticated cameras and expertise to provide police with exceptional night vision capabilities for poorly lit or darkened areas in Ybor City.

G-TEC, headquartered in Newtown, PA, develops, manufactures, and markets secure database and secure communications systems worldwide. G-TEC combines information sharing, biometric authentication, secure access, and secure data facility technologies to provide technical infrastructure and applications in support of public and private law enforcement, corporate security, manufacturing, and secure web-enabled virtual communities. G-TEC's Intrapol Analysis Center offers secure-access data storage, sharing, and secure virtual community systems to corporate and law enforcement entities at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels. Graphco Technologies is located on the World Wide Web at www.graphcotech.com.

Viisage Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: VISG), Littleton, Massachusetts, is a world leader in biometric face-recognition technology and in digital identification solutions. Viisage's face-recognition technology is widely recognized as the most convenient, non-intrusive and cost-effective biometric available. Viisage's patented face-recognition technology, originally developed at MIT, and its systems integration and software design capabilities, improve personal convenience, privacy and security while deterring identity theft and fraud.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTNA, RTNB), based in Lexington, Mass., is a global technology leader that provides products and services in the areas of commercial and defense electronics, business and special mission aircraft. The company is now successfully expanding its defense technologies into non-defense sectors such as air traffic control, data, image and information management, transportation and communications. Raytheon's Linthicum, Maryland office has expertise in network security and large system development and deployment for both national intelligence and commercial customers, and is the primary Raytheon branch that supported G-TEC's surveillance efforts at the Raymond James Stadium. Additional information is available at www.raytheon.com

Veltek International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Closed Circuit Television and security related equipment. Veltek currently offers over 250 different CCTV products through worldwide distribution including standard and specialty video cameras, housings, video signal, remote transmission, digital video streaming and digital storage equipment.

FaceTrac is a trademark of Graphco Technologies, Inc. FaceFINDER is a trade mark of Viisage, Inc,

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