Taking festival security to a whole new level.

Music festivals have evolved and so has the security along with. Gone are the days when you received a simple pat down at the gate. And just when we though it couldn’t get stricter, UK festivals have now started using facial recognition in a bid to make festival security a little smoother.

Already being used at Download Festival, Leicester this year, this tech is being hailed as the next level of insuring festival discipline. The app used for this tech is known as NeoFace. Here is a video explaining how it works.

The NEC Corp., the brains behind the app had this to say about the developments,

‘Unlike other biometric systems, facial recognition requires no physical or active interaction with the subject, making it one of the least intrusive yet highly accurate biometric modes. It enables faces to be recorded and archived at a distance, act as a crime deterrent, and help identify a person in real-time.’

This also raises some concerns about the safety and privacy of festival goers as well. How far are we ready to go in the name of safety after all?

How would you feel if this tech was used at a festival you were attending? Let us know in the comments!