A biometric payment system based on face scan is being introduced in the Moscow metro
Since September 1, a video surveillance system has been launched at all metro stations in Moscow. According to the Department of Transport and Development of Road and Transport Infrastructure of the City of Moscow (Moscow Department of Transport) in Telegram, metro passengers will be able to pay for travel on a face scan in the near future.
According to the Deptrans, the system will track the congestion of trains and inform passengers through city mobile applications which cars are the most free. This is true during the coronavirus pandemic. At present, there are about 5,000 cameras with face recognition at subway stations, and it takes a few seconds to identify each one.
In addition, in the coming months, the metro promised to launch a number of services for passengers, in particular the FacePay system, which allows you to pay for travel using a face scan. “Now we are checking it together with our banking partners. We plan to complete one of the test stages by October 1 - and we will immediately tell you about the interim results ”, - writes the Moscow Department of Transport in its Telegram channel.
The transport system of the same name (FacePay) has been operating in the capital of Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan since the end of 2019. It involves registration in the system via a bot in Telegram: there you need to indicate your TIN, take a selfie and link a transport card. After that you can use public transport without any documents.
A similar system operates in the London and Beijing subways. Cameras identify suspicious objects and people who need medical help.