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15 Jan 2011

Casino heist

The robbery of a Vegas casino reminds us not to over-rely on high-tech security controls (such as automatic face recognition systems) if that means neglecting basic physical security.

It's also a puzzle that the casinos still use chips.  I wonder why they haven't migrated to electronic cash systems, using smartcards?  A well-engineered and properly-implemented smartcard system would avoid the need to have cash or chips in the casino.

Ah, hang on, I see the problem: 'well-engineered and properly-implemented' is a stretch even for the banks.

Gary (Gary@isect.com)

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