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ID scanners in the night time economy

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posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Darren Palmer, Ian WarrenIan Warren, Peter MillerPeter Miller
ID scanners are quickly emerging as a new technological fix to long-standing problems of security and safety within licensed venues. Yet at this point in time detailed research of this rapidly expanding security technology is remarkably limited. To address this analytical deficit we are currently examining the uptake of ID scanners in licensed venues operating in the night-time economy. We have found significant interest in the implementation of ID scanners in other Australian cities. However, the introduction of ID scanners in late-night licensed venues has occurred with little public awareness, no policy consideration and questionable claims concerning their effectiveness in enhancing safety and reducing crime. This article explores the factors shaping the introduction of ID scanners and the underlying beliefs concerning their utility as a crime prevention technology. The article then considers some broader implications to be explored in future analyses.



IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (2010 : Wollongong, N.S.W.)


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Wollongong, N.S.W.

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2010, IEEE


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ISTAS 2010 : Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society : Social Implications of Emerging Technologies