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Eurostar tests face recognition system at London Railway Station

Eurostar is testing a new biometric face recognition technology on passengers traveling from St Pancras International Station in London to mainland Europe.


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Passengers will be able to complete ticket and passport checks before departure via the new biometric system, called the "SmartCheck" lane.

Those who make this choice will be allowed to board the train without having to go through the tedious process of authentication.

The system will include two face scans, one at the ticket gate to verify ticket control and one at the UK exit checkpoint, to confirm that passport information is valid.

The goal, according to Eurostar, is to eliminate queues and speed up the boarding process, not only improving customer satisfaction but also minimizing the chances of transmission. COVID-19.

The system will be tested with a limited number of passengers and will not include UK or Schengen entry controls.

Eurostar announced its intention to introduce a face recognition system to replace physical tickets and passport checks last year, and face recognition company iProov helped them build it.

IProov advocates what they call "passive authentication," which is face recognition without the user having to do anything.

The user consents to the platform by visiting a web portal to register with his data and takes a picture of his face with his smartphone or webcam.

When they reach a physical checkpoint, they simply look at the camera and their system verifies effortlessly.

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Inevitably, Whenever biometric surveillance systems are installed in busy public places, such as train stations, privacy advocates express their concerns..

These technologies can have a significant impact on people's privacy through the possibility of leaking facial scans, possible misuse by governments to track citizens or agencies, and even private entities receiving some of this information through shady data channels.

Moscow was the first city to launch face recognition on its train stations, launching the so-called "Face Pay" service on all 240 metro stations in October 2021.

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At European level, the Frontex, the continent's border and coast guard body, has completed tests of its biometric scanning system for cross-border travelers, called the EES (Entry-Exit System).

The situation is the same in the US, with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) making extensive use of face recognition systems at all points of entry and the federal government planning to expand technology development where appropriate.

The only way to curb powerful technology is to impose strict regulations, but for now, lawmakers are lagging far behind.

Source of information: bleepingcomputer.com

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