Could train tickets be replaced by facial recognition?

Could train tickets be replaced by facial recognition

New technology is in development that could replace train tickets, by using facial recognition to charge passengers for a journey.

This innovative technology could be the end to train ticket queues and make life much simpler for travellers by simply walking on the platform to pay for their ticket.

The developments are being carried out by Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Funding has been invested by the Railway Safety and Standards board.

Could train tickets be replaced by facial recognition

Facial recognition technology will introduce new fast track barriers

It is reported that the technology could be up and running as soon as 2020, starting out with specialist barriers for passengers using the technology to go through.

To use the system, passengers register their face with a camera image then they can simply walk along the platform for their ticket to be registered, and then charged to an online account that has been set up with details and payment. Passengers will effectively become the tickets.

Using two invisible, rear-infrared lights that flash at a high speed capture a 3D image of a face. Using 80 unique nodal points to distinguish one person from another, details down to wrinkles and spots will be recognised to identify a passenger.

Facial recognition is an upcoming technology that is becoming increasingly popular. Samsung already trialled the technology to unlock the new smartphone model Samsung S8. Although users found some difficulties, it eventually worked.

Unlike Samsung, the rail technology facial recognition will use 3D images to identify a user. This means that only a passengers physical face can be used to identify them and a photograph wouldn’t pick up the features and register who they are.

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As well as being used for railways and smartphones, facial recognition technology is expected to be used in other industries such as banking; facial recognition used at ATM’s to withdraw cash without a card and pin number and another rumoured development is for the technology to be used to allow people to check-in to hotels.

The technology has never been easier with camera quality and technology available today; it makes the user experience much quicker and more efficient saving time and money.