Passenger Faces to be used as tickets on Underground

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Passenger Faces to be used as tickets on Underground

Alfred Gilbert
September 26th, 2017
agilbert@challenge.org

From the makers of the Oyster card comes their next revolutionary technology – face-scanning ticketing systems built on face recognition technology!

 

In some sort of sci-fi film scenario, you could soon be using your face to get through invisible tube ticket gates.

 

Facial Recognition for the Tube

Cubic Transportation Systems, the team behind London’s Oyster cards, are working on developing a new tube-ticketing system. This is based on a combination of technologies, including facial recognition software and gate-less gates.

 

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As our global population grows, major cities need to prepare themselves for increasing footfall. Whether its tourists or locals, there will be more people squeezing themselves onto the tube.

 

The company hopes that this new system will help cut down current and projected tube-queue times. It will help in removing the bottle-necks caused by people fiddling around in their pockets and bags to rescue their tickets (we’ve all been there, and we’ve all panicked as the queue behind gets less impressed!)

 

When will we be using it?

An initial prototype of the system, named ‘FasTrak’, has been demonstrated in London. A combination of Bluetooth, palm-vein scanners and facial recognition technologies will be used to identify passengers. By connecting your personal and physical details to a payment account, the company envisages passengers then paying for their tickets with a flick of the hand or quick-glance.

 

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“The point being you could use your hand rather than your oyster card as a token to access the system”, says Dave Roat, strategy manager at Cubic.

 

It is an interesting concept, and one we want to keep engaged with as the technology keeps progressing. There are of course concerns with regards to passengers walking straight through these gateless gates without paying, but the company says it is considering ways of avoiding this.

 

What are your thoughts? Are you excited about the prospect of paying for your morning commute with your face?

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