The iconic Moscow Metro has begun the testing of a contactless fare fee system utilizing facial recognition tech that might enable residents of Russia’s capital to make use of public transport with out the necessity to carry a card or money.
That’s in accordance with Anna Lapushkina, the top of the press service of the Moscow transport division, who famous that the fee innovation needs to be the subsequent step in dashing up passenger visitors via the busy transport community.
Earlier this yr, Metro safety head Andrey Kichigin revealed that passengers would be capable to pay for rides with their faces earlier than the top of 2021.
Now, in accordance with Lapushkina, testing for the service has sampled up, with one line of the Metro now accepting facial funds.
“A person just looks into the camera and passes. The camera then recognizes him, and the passenger can go through the barriers,” she defined. “It really doesn’t take any time. You stop, it reads you, and lets you through right away. I think it’s super.”
She additionally famous that the service has already been examined by greater than 60,000 Moscow Metro workers.
“The Moscow Metro is number one by the number of payment methods in the world,” she defined.
To use the FacePay system, passengers should hyperlink a Russian checking account to their biometric knowledge, and the fare will mechanically be debited.
Last yr, Moscow Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov defined that the FacePay system works even when passengers are carrying face coverings.
In March, on-line freedom advocate group Roskomsvoboda revealed considerations that the system might violate the privateness of its customers, with authorized division head Sarkis Darbinyan calling it a “dual-use technology.”
“Law enforcement officials, who no one controls, will have access to these [facial recognition] video cameras, so naturally there will be cases of abuse, tracking and some kind of political repression,” Darbinyan mentioned.
The newest expertise will not be distinctive on the earth, nevertheless. Similar methods are already in place in some Chinese cities, together with the mega-metropolis Zhengzhou, home to over 10 million folks. In 2019, the South China Morning Post revealed that nearly 200,000 commuters opted to make use of the expertise in only a couple months.
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