Sep 1, 2005 12:00 PM

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The Venetian Macau, set to be the anchor of a Las Vegas-style strip in Asia, needed to secure its construction site, where nearly 12,000 workers are building the mammoth facility. Venetian Macau officials have chosen 90 biometric hand readers from IR Recognition Systems, Campbell, Calif., to secure multiple entrances to the construction site. The readers were installed by Solution Expert Technology of Hong Kong.

“Protecting projects from theft and keeping people from getting hurt on construction sites are always a top concern,” says Tony Yuen, COO of Solution Expert Technology. “In Macau, strict labor and safety laws prevent illegal workers and those without safety training from entering construction sites. General contractors who violate these laws receive heavy penalties.”

The Venetian Macau will include 3,000 luxury suites, a one-million-square-foot convention center, 15 fine dining restaurants, a 15,000-seat arena, a 2,000-seat showroom and a 600,000-square-foot shopping mall with several additional restaurants.

With the hand readers — which automatically take a three-dimensional reading of the size and shape of a hand and verify the user's identity — a worker's permit and safety training records, along with expiration dates, can be entered into a database that not only verifies an employee's identity, but instantly checks to see if that employee is authorized to be there.

At the Venetian Macau, the data is sent wirelessly, using an 802.11 wireless router. The readers are also used for time-and-attendance.

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