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ClubsACT proposes trial of self-exclusion facial recognition technology for problem gamblers

Problem gamblers could soon "opt-in" to having their faces scanned by facial recognition software, in order to keep them out of some Canberra clubs.
The proposal from ClubsACT would see several venues trial a system, developed by New Zealand-based company COMS Systems Limited.

The technology alerts staff to patrons who have registered themselves for a database if they enter the poker machine or gambling area of a venue.

According to COMS Systems, the technology has already been rolled out in some pubs and clubs in South Australia, and about 170 venues in New Zealand.

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