Will Biometric Tech Change Casino Games?

The most simple form of Biometric technology is fingerprint recognition.  Biometrics analyse and measure the unique physical characteristics of an individual in order to authenticate his or her identity.  Common measurements tapped into by biometric technology includes fingerprints, hand and palm geometry, voice waves and retina measurements.

Biometric Identification In Casinos

When considering the fact that Biometric technology is fairly recent and very much still toddling about in its scientific baby shoes, it’s easy to assume that it will only influence the casino industry in the distant future.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Advanced tracking technology has already been employed by many of the major casino groups in the battle against fraud.  This applies to everything from keeping track of Blackjack card counters to those who try and do underhanded deals with their fellow patrons on the casino floor.

This is mainly done by means of facial recognition.  Facial recognition does not require any physical contact with the subject in question, which makes it ideal for covert operations.  Everyone’s facial features are completely unique – this ranges from the depth of eye sockets to the width of a person’s nose to the distance between the eyes.

Comfort That Is Cash-Less

Biometric systems have already been developed that allows players to play completely cash-free.  The desired credit amount is simply loaded onto the player’s thumb, and that’s a wrap: no need for any physical money or credit cards to be changing hands.

The technology isn’t altogether strange or new, especially not to iPhone users.  Apple has had a partnership with PayPal for quite some time now that allows the user to authenticate mobile payments from their PayPal account.  Users can authenticate transactions on iTunes as well as other general applications with the use of the fingerprint reader on their iPhones.  In fact, Mastercard and Visa are in on the action too, making it possible to link most bank accounts and cards to the payment system.

Now imagine a casino setting where players are able to authenticate hundreds of micro-transactions when playing slot machines, to name but a simple example.  No more loading money onto visitors’ cards or making use of credit cards to top up one’s credit.  It’s all about taking the fuss out of every single motion of interaction between the player and the casino.

The answer to the question then is a decided yes, and what’s more, it already has.