Man City using facial recognition for fans so they can beat queues on matchday

MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly trialling a system of technology which uses facial recognition to allow fans access to the Etihad Stadium.

The Premier League champions are due to set up a single super-fast lane for supporters to enter their ground in a pilot scheme, according to The Sunday Times.

Man City using facial recognition for fans so they can beat queues on matchday1 Man City are setting up a pilot scheme to introduce facial recognition for fans to enter the Eithad StadiumCredit: Getty – Contributor

It is being installed by a Texas-based company called Blink Identity.

The technology, which designers say can scan up to 50 people per minute, will reveal whether a fan has a ticket to the ground or not.

A traffic light system will show whether a supporter is allowed entry.

There will be no turnstile, the report says, but a green light will allow access while a yellow will tell the fan to stop.

Fans will have to take a selfie on their mobile phones in order to sign up and register.

It is intended to stop the process of ticket swapping and passing on season tickets.

City are known for their willingness to trial new technology, having brought in Artificial Intelligence (AI) last season.

The table Pep Guardiola uses pitch-side holds SAP Challenger Insights which provides data and technology on his while team.

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City have those Matrix-style 360-degree cameras, Intel’s True View, installed at the Etihad.

Outside the stadium, City have installed the ‘CityPulse Wall’, an interactive big screen that gives fans the opportunity to analyse stats and data.

They were the first Prem club to broadcast in Virtual Reality, while they used Augmented Reality to flood the home dressing room in an advert for water technology firm Xylem.

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