Published Thursday, 24 October 2013
Paul Langsford, El Divino, Paul Kelly, Eivissa with Constable John Guinness. (© PSNI)
Working in partnership with PSNI, the system is being operated at El Divino and Eivissa and Thompson's Garage.
Commenting on the system, Superintendent Nigel Goddard, who is responsible for operations within South and East Belfast said: "This system assists the licensee while also supporting a safer night-time economy throughout the city."
He explained the system will help identify anyone who is underage trying to gain entrance to premises as well as reducing violent incidents.
"If an incident does occur within the premises such as an altercation or a fight and a premises opts to ban a customer for a period of time, they can attach this piece of information to the identification," Superintendent Goddard said.
"If the person then attempts to gain entry during the ban, the door staff are aware and entry can be refused. Where a number of licensed premises are operating the system this information can be viewed by all parties, which means that door staff can be made aware of any potential issues".
Paul Langsford, Director of El Divino Belfast and Paul Kelly, Manager Eivissa said the system has been a positive addition to the running of their business.
"Since we've been piloting the system there have been a number of examples of where it has added value," they said.
"Both premises have been able to detect multiple individuals attempting to gain entry using one person's identification.
"We've also had an instance where it has shown that a customer at the premises had a ban imposed at licensed premises in England, due to the fact that the system is UK-wide".
Police say there were 1,045 recorded violent incidents in the area in the April- October period, a decrease of nearly 2% on the previous year.
More visibility of police officers at night and other initiatives including a 'traffic light' categorisation system linked to reported violent crime in pubs and clubs have been implemented by PSNI to improve safety.
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