Visimetrics launches facial recognition system for casinos at IFSEC 2011

Visimetrics Playerbook
Visimetrics Playerbook

New dedicated facial recognition system has been developed specifically to meet the subject identity needs of casino operators

Leading CCTV storage systems manufacturer, Visimetrics (UK) Ltd, will be launching their new Playerbook facial recognition system at IFSEC 2011. Playerbook has been developed to operate reliably in the lighting conditions normally found in casino environments. Powered by Omniperception’s facial recognition engine, the new application is the result of a 2 year development process between the companies.

Gary James, Business Development Director of Visimetrics says, “The background to the development of Playerbook originated from many of our casino clients who indicated that a form of non-intrusive, reliable subject identification would be of significant benefit to them in dealing with the public. Casinos have a vested interest, for compliance and commercial reasons, in identifying certain types of visitors on entry to the venue. We knew from our experience of digital CCTV systems that the various forms of lighting within casinos create shadowing, reflection and glare. These effects have a significant impact on the reliability of facial recognition. We knew we needed to find another approach to solving the problem and identified the unique facial recognition process Omniperception developed as the core engine most likely to meet the consistency and reliability needed in casinos.”

Gary continues “At the heart of the system is a subject watchlist that allows security and surveillance staff to automatically detect self-excluders, barred/crime & disorder subjects, advise on entry subjects, VIP’s and more. Playerbook operates in real time, providing reliable and consistent identification. The critical challenge was to develop a system which reliably detects faces in the low or zero light conditions you find in casinos. We believe we have achieved this successfully. Playerbook works by locating the 500-600 unique facial identifiers of individuals as they pass the IR sensor. Using a unique illumination and polarisation filter system, Playerbook is able to consistently compare the detected facial identifiers with subjects already stored within the watchlist regardless of shadows, glare or reflection. The watchlist search is completed instantly. When there’s a match between a subject entering the venue and the watchlist, Playerbook alerts staff immediately via the GUI, SMS or email. Playerbook has been successfully proven using ground-truth validation testing within one of the largest casinos in the UK. The invaluable input from the management and staff was critical to the development and refining process to achieve a reliable solution within such a difficult operating environment.”

Playerbook @ a glance:

•             Light immune – uses a unique lighting solution designed to work in dark environments

•             Fast – captures facial identifiers and compares these against a ‘watchlist’ in real time

•             Accurate – Playerbook is powered by Omniperception’s facial recognition engine

•             Convenient – Playerbook’s non-intrusive IR sensor identifies subjects to a range of 5 metres

•             Easy to use – simple workflow using browser based app to add individuals to watchlist

Playerbook will be demonstrated at the Intelligent Integration Zone on Stand E140 in Hall 4

If you would like to arrange an appointment for a demonstration in advance of the show please contact Gary James on e-mail: or on tel: 01292 673 770.

About Visimetrics
Visimetrics specialises in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance, digital video recording, storage and management systems for dedicated CCTV and video surveillance applications. Visimetrics solutions are deployed within critical CCTV applications such as casinos, prisons, police, ports, banks, education, transportation, city centre, government and military sites. Visimetrics work in partnership with consultants, integrators and technical partners to deliver CCTV solutions without compromise. More information on

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