Rail operator Eurostar has launched facial recognition testing for travelers from London St Pancras International Station to mainland Europe.
iProov and @Eurostar have today launched a trial of contactless fast-track service, SmartCheck. Passengers choosing to use SmartCheck will be able to complete secure ticket verification and UK exit check on their mobile devices prior to travel. Read more: pic.twitter.com/28FuBTBDJl
– iProov (@iProov) December 6, 2021
Passengers will be able to pre-check tickets and pass passport control using the SmartCheck biometric system. Those choosing this option will be allowed to board the train bypassing standard identity verification procedures.
The system includes two stages of face scanning, one at the entrance to the ticket office to validate the ticket, and the other at the UK checkpoint to confirm the validity of passport information.
According to Eurostar, the goal of the project is to eliminate queues and speed up the landing process, not only increasing customer satisfaction, but also minimizing the chance of transmission of the virus.
The system will be tested on a limited number of invited passengers. It will not include UK or Schengen entry controls.
Eurostar has announced its intention to implement a biometric passenger identification system to replace physical tickets and passport checks in 2020. The project partner was iProov, a company that develops relevant technologies.
Recall that in December, the UK fined Clearview AI $ 22.6 million for the illegal collection of photographs of citizens.
In late October, Scottish schools abandoned the facial recognition system under pressure from the authorities.
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