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

From: John Marlow (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 03:31:20 MST

Makes you afraid to show your face in public--criminal or no.
Next the thing will trap suspected criminals as they pass through a

Welcome to the future.


On 1 Feb 2001, at 4:32, Matthew Gaylor wrote:

> Press Releases | News About Viisage
> 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
> 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
> 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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