Scannet puts unruly and underage patrons in the picture

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ROYAL Hotel licensee Tony McClure hopes one day all venues will install an ID scanner like this one to combat alcohol-fueled violence.

But he knows it will be unlikely in the foreseeable future because the scanner must be manned and it comes at a cost of about $5,000.

The scanner takes a photo of a patron, the patron then scans their ID and the machine will match the person to the ID.

It had already picked up a few people trying to sneak in underage in the two months since it was installed, Mr McClure said.

“It tells me where the person has come from, their age demographic, male or female,” he said.

The scanner was designed to act as a deterrent because it forced people to take responsibility for their own actions, he said.

Patrons going into the pub know their details are recorded but Mr McClure said there were no privacy issues.

“The database stays with me, it doesn’t go anywhere,” he said.

Mr McClure said the scanner took the onus off individual staff to remember the names and faces of troublemakers.

“If a staff member who recognizes a particular patron has a weekend off then it doesn’t matter because the machine will remember them,” Mr McClure said.

The scanner can detect fake IDs and will scan any form of legitimate identification from passports to licences to proof of age cards.

Mr McClure believes it is the way of the future and does not think it is too far-fetched to think they might be made compulsory one day.

He said it would make the job of staff easier if all hotels had the scanners because once someone was kicked out of a venue, the machine would alert staff if they tried to enter another.

It also provides Mr McClure with a quick sample study of who is frequenting the bar and when, which enables him to target audiences and advertise to particular demographics.

“It isn’t just young ones who go out late at night,” he said.

“Our oldest patron was a 75-year-old bloke after midnight.”

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nicole.kuter@fairfaxmedia.com.au