A new Biometric system is being trialled in a UK town in the hope of expanding it throughout the country.
It is the first of it's kind being a networked system supported by the police in the community and incorporating a biometric ID system.
Customers will be required to register full personal details including Name, Address, Date of Birth, a Photograph and a fingerprint scan of their
index finger. This will allow a networked database to be created allowing pub and club owners to collaborate on who is allowed into their premises and
who is excluded.
Anyone in breach of decent behaviour will be flagged on the system, immediately transferring the information throughout the network before they have
time to travel to the next venue.
WITH 45 pubs and half a dozen clubs, the centre of Yeovil in Somerset can seem like the Wild South West on a Saturday night.
Groups of young people make their way from Globetrotters to The Beach or the Chicago Rock Café. If they are refused entry to one they can always try
Not any longer. Yeovil is to become the first town in Britain to install “biometric” fingerprint scanners in pubs and clubs that will instantly
identify potential troublemakers. If it is successful, the government-backed scheme could be extended to other towns.
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While I think this is a good idea in many ways, so I do indeed look forward to it arriving to my home town in some respects, I can see various means
of misuse depending on how the system is administered.
If there is open access on the system allowing people to look up personal details, this could be problematic due to Dick behind the bar having a
grudge on someone and getting all their personal information..
Also, even though they say the scheme is voluntary at present, one can see that it would be useless if this was always the case - as anyone who has
bad intentions would obivously 'choose' not to register.
This scheme will abviously become compulsary, individuals with 'nothing to hide' will have little reason not to join up and will be coaxed into
doing so. This will leave the few that do have something to hide, who will have little choice other than face accusations of 'having something to
hide' and having to comply - or be excluded.
These people will basically have three choices:
1) Either refuse to comply and be excluded
2) Comply and have to behave
3) Comply and misbehave - ending up excluded
Hence a win-win-win situation.
However, if the system is controlled well then the benefits do outweigh the losses, this could make a big, positive, difference in the growing trend
of disruption endured in many British towns and cities in th 21st Century.
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