Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel Deploys Bioscrypt Biometric Solutions

Oct. 31, 2007
Fingerprint and 3D face recognition solutions used to authenticate employees accessing the resort and its restricted areas

Toronto, ON (October 25, 2007) – Bioscrypt Inc., a leading provider of enterprise access control technology, today announced that The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel is using Bioscrypt’s VisionAccess 3D Face Readers to authenticate 12,000 employees and Bioscrypt’s V-Smart fingerprint readers to control access to restricted areas.

Because of the speed at which the 3D face readers authenticate employees even at peak hours, The Venetian Macao, the world’s largest casino, has deployed 13 VisionAccess 3D Face Readers in order to authenticate 12,000 employees at the front entrance when a new shift starts.

Bioscrypt’s 3D face reader is a hands-free biometric solution that authenticates users in under a second by matching the structure of the person’s face against their enrolled template. The VisionAccess readers function by shining an invisible near infrared light grid pattern on users face. A camera then takes a picture of the resulting distortions in the grid pattern and makes a match against a template. Turnstiles ensure that only one employee enters at a time, eliminating tailgating.

The Venetian has also deployed 50 V-Smart fingerprint readers at secure areas of the casino. Employees authenticate themselves at entrances to the restricted area by presenting their fingerprint, which is checked against a template stored on their smart card. The V-Smart readers use Bioscrypt’s patented Core pattern-matching algorithm, which was developed specifically for commercial applications. The award-winning algorithm uses a part of the whole fingerprint pattern and can make accurate matches even with worn or scratched fingerprints in under a second.

Solution Expert Technology, the system integrator for the face recognition and access control system for the Venetian Macao employee’s entrance, developed access control software for both Chinese and English users that interfaces seamlessly with Bioscrypt’s face readers. Solution Expert’s customized solutions are used by more than 10 different industries in Hong Kong, Macao and China.

The casino has avoided illegal and unauthorized workers by using the face reader. The two-way turnstiles allow the same turnstile to be used by workers both entering and exiting a casino site. A contactless smart card, typically kept in a hip pocket, calls up a stored biometric template, which is then immediately validated as users pause in front of the reader. Timekeeping information for the employee is instantly transmitted to a central office. Everyone entering their back office, from employees to outside vendors, is required to use the face readers for access.

“Bioscrypt is pleased to provide The Venetian Macao with two biometric solutions in order to meet the casino’s various access control needs,” said Robert M. Douglas, Bioscrypt’s President & CEO. “The size of The Venetian deployment demonstrates Bioscrypt’s ability to scale up and accommodate a large number of users without creating bottlenecks.”

The Venetian Macao is the largest building in Asia and the second largest in the world. It has a stadium that seats 15,000, 350 retail shops and 3,000 rooms.