Copa América stadiums will have cameras with facial recognition

The six stadiums that will host the Copa América matches that Brazil will organize in June and July will have cameras equipped with the facial recognition system to identify people wanted by the police, organizers said Thursday.

The precincts that will house the Copa América matches will have a system that helps identify people wanted by the police. Image: screenshot
The precincts that will house the Copa América matches will have a system that helps identify people wanted by the police. Image: screenshot

This is the main legacy in terms of security that the Copa America will leave for Brazil, explained the Local Organizing Committee in a seminar organized by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in Rio de Janeiro.

"The first event in Brazil where the facial recognition will be used is the Copa América, we will leave a data bank that will be supplied with information from around the world. We will work in partnership with the public security bodies and Interpol to prevent an unwanted person, who has already caused or may cause disturbances, from entering the stadiums and disturbing the fans," explained the Local Organizing Committee's Security Manager, Hilario Medeiros.

The database will contain photographs of people wanted by different police forces and violent fans around the world who can not return to the stadiums. Security in the Copa América will be guaranteed by nearly 10,000 private guards hired by the Organizing Committee to provide the service within the stadiums. Some Brazilian cities have already installed facial identification systems by cameras but as part of pilot projects that have been shown to be quite effective.

This year the Police of the city of Salvador, with the help of this technology, managed to arrest a homicide suspect who had gone out into the streets disguised as a woman to enjoy the carnival parties. The cameras of facial recognition were installed this year in the three areas of Salvador that most concentrated attendees to the carnival and allowed the identification of 460,000 people per day. Rio de Janeiro also implanted during the carnival a pilot project of this system, which allowed police to arrest four criminals and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

The Copa América will be contested in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Fonte Nova in Salvador and Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, which hosted matches in the 2014 Brazil World Cup, as well as in the Morumbi of Sao Paulo and the Arena do Guild of Porto Alegre.

The 46th edition of the Copa América will be contested by the ten members of the Conmebol (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela) and by Japan and Qatar as invited countries.

By Agencies

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