High Tech Disney Security

I have long suspected that Disney likes to stay on the forefront of technology. Not just in their rollercoasters and theme park rides (have you seen the new audio animatronics of Jack Sparrow at Pirates of the Caribbean?), but with everything they do, both “on stage” and off.

print-crime2.jpgA few years ago, Disney installed fingerprint machines that recorded the geometery and shape of people fingersprints so as to twart the ticket resale market that had grown so prolific. But it seems that very soon they are going to take it a step further with even newer, more sophisticiated machines that scan one finger and identify a series of points, measure the distance between those points, and turns it into a numerical value. Again… all in the name of ticket fraud.

Ok Disney…whatever floats your boat. Truly. But here is the interesting part about this… at least to me. After the Sept. 11 attacks, the federal government sought out Disney’s advice in intelligence, security and biometrics, a tool that teaches computers to recognize and identify individuals based on their unique characteristics. Apparently Walt Disney World has the nation’s largest single commercial application of biometrics. Who knew??

One article I read said Disney has expressed interest in an even more advanced form of biometric technology – automated face recognition. It has been touted as a way to pick criminals and terrorists out of a crowd.

While I’m not sure terrorists are going to hide out in our local theme parks, I’m just struck at how odd it is that an entertainment company can be the one who helps our government keep up safe from future terrorist attacks. Does anyone besides me find this (pardon me, but I just have to do it)….. GOOFY!?!?!

2 Comments so far

  1. William (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

    Maybe the almighty dollar makes Disney worry about terrorism more than the U.S. government does.

  2. Terry Howard (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 8:07 am

    Or the fact that any given park is hugely populated on pretty much every day of the year, and the entertainment value and sheer wealth of the place is pretty much an icon of the type of stuff their twisted caveman mentality hopes to destroy. I wouldn’t be suprised one bit to find Disney parks on a list somewhere in an Al Queda cave.

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