License PlateRecognition Technology Canadian Gaming Summit April 19, 2011
Background Information• In April 2009, BCLC amended the Voluntary Self Exclusion form and included license plate/vehicle information to be collected.• Beginning in June 2009, License Plate Recognition technology (LPR) was launched at two properties - River Rock (Richmond) and Grand Villa (Burnaby) Casinos• By September 2009, LPR was rolled out to three additional properties• Total Recorded violations in first fiscal year with LPR active at 5 locations out of 33 = 1,272. This translates into 16% of all self exclusion violations recorded.• BCLC is the first gaming jurisdiction within Canada to use LPR technology
License Plate Recognition Technology (LPR)How Does it Work?• LPR Technology in principal is very basic however provides a very reliable tool which is used by gaming service providers in order to identify patrons which are not permitted entry into gaming facilities.• Cameras set up at parkade entry points. Larger properties have 2 – 3 cameras in order to ensure coverage.
Pop Up Alert• Vehicle drives by camera and a photo of the license plate is captured.• If the license plate matches one of the plates stored in the database, an alert pops up on the screen.• Accuracy of license plate “reads” is 99% 955gse
Current Information• LPR is currently installed in 12 gaming facilities throughout the Province of BC• Total Self Excluded patrons captured through LPR for current fiscal year – 1,883 (April 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011)• Represents 24% of total self excluded patrons detected• 177 BCLC Provincially prohibited patrons captured• 184 Site barred patrons captured• Major benefit of LPR technology is unwanted patron is captured prior to gaining access to gaming facility
Statistics 5 Largest Casino Properties in the Vancouver Area Total LPR Casino Violations Violations %Grand Villa 1,449 274 19%River Rock 1,640 366 22%Boulevard 967 369 38%Cascades 369 161 44%(as of Sept 16/10)Starlight 796 437 55%
Other Facts About LPR• In a future upgrade, an audible alert with be added to the LPR alert pop up• LPR Technology is also useful in assisting local law enforcement. License plate reads are kept for 7 days prior to being purged from the system• LPR system can also be used to track other types of patrons, as an example when a VIP patron enters the property QUESTIONS?
Disentitlement Rule and RegulationVoluntary Self-Exclusion Participantsand Statutorily Prohibited Individuals
Rule and RegulationBritish Columbia Lottery Corporation (“BCLC”) is authorized by and as agent for the Government of British Columbia to conduct,manage and operate lottery schemes pursuant to the Gaming Control Act of the Province of British Columbia (the “Act”).INTERPRETATION1. In these Rules and Regulations: a. “VSE Individual” means a participant in BCLC’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion program which enables individuals to voluntarily self-exclude from BC gaming facilities for a set period of time; b. “Prohibited Individual” means a person whom BCLC has prohibited from entering a BC gaming facility in accordance with the Act; c. “Jackpot Prize” means any gaming facility prize for which identification is requested in order to claim the prize. d. “Gaming Facility” has the same meaning as it has in s.1 of the Act.ENTITLEMENT1. No VSE Individual shall be eligible to receive a Jackpot Prize.2. No Prohibited Individual shall be eligible to receive a Jackpot Prize.3. BCLC shall not pay or deliver any Jackpot Prize to a VSE Individual, even if a VSE individual would otherwise qualify as a winner of a Jackpot Prize.4. BCLC shall not pay or deliver any Jackpot Prize to a Prohibited Individual, even if a Prohibited Individual would otherwise qualify as a winner of a Jackpot Prize.5. BCLC incurs no liability to the extent that it pays or delivers a prize, including a Jackpot Prize, to a VSE Individual or a Prohibited Individual in error. •
Rule = Regulation = LawGaming Control Act (BC)Rules of the lottery corporation8 (1) The lottery corporation may make rules for the purposes of this Part, including but not limited to rules … (d) imposing conditions and establishing qualifications for entitlement to prizes in a lottery scheme or any class of lottery schemes conducted and managed by the lottery corporation,Interpretation Act (BC)Definitions1 In this Act, or in an enactment:… "regulation" means a regulation, order, rule, form, tariff of costs or fees, proclamation, letters patent, commission, warrant, bylaw or other instrument enacted (a) in execution of a power conferred under an Act, …
Why not make a policy?• A gambling transaction is a contract• Consideration is exchanged – a bet for a chance to win a prize• Contract law applies to this transaction• A policy cannot supersede contract law principles• A regulation can• Comprehensive legal risk analysis confirmed that policy is not sufficient
Gaming Control Act amended July 2010 to coincide with the Rule92 If the lottery corporation or a person acting on its behalf has reason to believe that the presence of a person on the premises of a gaming facility is undesirable or that the person on the premises is a participant in a voluntary self-exclusion program, the lottery corporation or person acting on its behalf may … (b) by written notice delivered to the person, forbid him or her to enter the premises of the gaming facility at any time during a period specified in the notice.93 (3) A person is not entitled to any prize or winnings as a result of the persons participation in gaming at a gaming facility if written notice referred to in section 92 (b) has been delivered to the person in accordance with section 92 (b).