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iTag system under development to keep Gloucester's bars trouble-free

By citizennick  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

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NEW technology is being developed at The Registry nightclub to help identify under-age drinkers and troublemakers.

Staff at the Bruton Way club hope to roll out the iTag system across Gloucester's nightspots and the police.

It is the next stage of the city pub-watch scheme and will allow clubs and bars to notify each other of people banned from city premises.

A smart phone app and key fob will show identification details to door-staff on entry, including a photo and the person's age using Quick Response technology. The QR codes are similar to bar codes, invented by Toyota in Japan to help track vehicles.

An individual pin number will also allow staff to access a drinker's details.

Information stored on the system could also show any medical conditions of drinkers such as epilepsy or asthma, so staff can respond with adequate first aid should a medical emergency arise.

Developers at the club hope the service will be free to use and could be tested-out in venues next year.

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  • tishwash  |  November 20 2012, 5:57PM

    so what happens if I don't have a tag ? how do you know if I've been thrown out another venue ? You need to do what the Reading (Berkshire) pub schemes did, they installed ID readers at the door, no ID no entry and the ID was scanned, the name pulled and checked against a list of banned or 'thrown out' people in the evening.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 20 2012, 4:09PM

    Is this the same system "invented" in Cheltenham, this system will NOT be free as you will be paying for it in your drink prices! I also wonder how long it will take someone to find the location of the servers and start a DOS on a Saturday night meaning they can't check ANY of this type of ID and if by their plans they have a large take-up will they turn everyone away at the door or just give up on checking ID. This will not help the bar people either unless they are all issued with a "readers" It's not the door staff that will get the fixed penalty it's the bar staff. Lastly the database would make rich pickings for anyone involved in identity theft, I would explain how to achieve this but I'm not going to offer too much help ;)

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