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15,000 facial-recognition cameras to monitor Qatar World Cup

All sixty-four matches in the FIFA 2022 World Cup tournament starting on November 20 in Qatar will be monitored with nothing less than 15,000 cameras equipped with facial-recognition technology, AFP reports.

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Command and Control Centre for FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Niyas Abdulrahiman made this known on Friday as the preparations are in top gear for the biggest football event.

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Abdulrahiman said the Middle Eastern nation is mounting surveillance cameras to check security threats in a way to prevent terrorism and violence during the competition.

He also revealed that the hosting country has invested $300 billion to build new infrastructure which includes seven new stadiums to accommodate the influx of football tourists across the globe.

“Basically we can open a door or all the doors in a stadium right from here,” Abdulrahiman said.

He further said the control centre will monitor all nearby trains and buses.

“What you see here is a new standard, a new trend in venue operations, this is our contribution from Qatar to the world of sport. What you see here is the future of stadium operations,” said Abdulrahiman.

The security monitors will enable officials to map out access to rooms and equipment in case of emergency, per AFP.

“Whatever happens, there is a response in place,” said Hamad Al-Mohannadi, the director of the command centre said. “As long as there is no property damage and no one is injured, we will just be watching.”

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