A Broome nightclub has introduced what is believed to be the Kimberley’s first identification scanner to weed out troublemakers and underage drinkers.
The Scantek device – complete with in-built camera – has been leased for use at the Bungalow Bar in Chinatown, which is owned and managed by the Roebuck Bay Hotel just metres away.
Now the Broome Liquor Accord wants more of them introduced across the town and throughout the region.
“I would like to see these machines introduced across Broome in bottle shops and all licensed premises,” Liquor Accord chair Graeme Campbell said.
“The factor of safety and identification of people and underage drinking are all covered by this machine at not a great cost.”
Once a driving licence, proof of age card or passport is scanned, the machine will photograph the customer. A green light allows entry, an amber light warns of potential problems and a red light means the person will not be allowed inside the venue.
Mr Campbell said he was satisfied that potential issues regarding personal information have been addressed.
“The information collected is only available to licencees and cannot be used for commercial purposes,” he said.
“The machines record the identification number of the document that has been put forward, the name and a date of birth.
“They do take a photograph and the data that is collected is stored securely by Scantek, which is not empowered to release that information, other than the statutory authorities.”
Roebuck Bay Hotel consultant and liquor accord member Mike Windle described the hi-tech scanners as “a great innovation to the hotel game” that would “certainly remove any doubt about the age of people and underage drinking”.
“We had a problem a couple of years ago when an underage girl got into a wet T-shirt competition,” he said.
“She looked 30, had a false ID and fooled everyone but there is no way people will be able to fool this machine.
“I think it would go well throughout the Kimberley – the more the better.”
Roebuck Bay Hotel manager Mike Vestey said he was seriously considering introducing the machines at his own pub, which draws huge weekend crowds to see live music and shows.
“We are looking at our options towards introducing them at the Roebuck and will monitor how the machine goes over coming months,” he said.
Mr Vestey said the information collected can be shared with other establishments that use the same machines.
“It identifies underage drinkers and alerts to people who have been barred from licensed premises elsewhere and those have been subject to prohibition orders through the courts,” he said.Tell us what you think. Email email@example.com or send us a letter.