All You Need Is Your Face To Ride The Subway Of The Future

All You Need Is Your Face To Ride The Subway Of The Future
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A new concept from ATMS in China integrates biometric tech into mass transit to make train cards obsolete

Leo Lutero
  • 30 may 2017

A lot of focus has been given to the human face as the next big biometric. A Shanghai-based food chain scans faces for payments; ATMS in China also do the same in lieu for passwords. British Airways is contemplating using face scanning instead of boarding passes. In the near future, face scanning could be a necessity if you’re a regular commuter.

Cubic Transportation Systems from San Diego, California proposed the technology in an expo in Montreal, CityLab reports. The “Gateless Gateline” will use a combination of 3D scanning faces and Bluetooth technology to work. This high-tech subway gate is designed to be highly efficient, able to sift through up to 60 people every minute, a multiple of the current 20.

The system requires a two-step registration. First, you register on an app on your smartphone. The next step involves booths at the station equipped with a 3D face scanner. As you rush towards the Gateless Gateline gates, Bluetooth sensors will detect your phone. While Cubic Transportation System’s video does not make it exactly clear why Bluetooth scanning happens first, it could be telling the scanners to expect your face.

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As you walk through the missing gates, your face is scanned and green light confirms a successful transaction.

The promising system has swayed the UK Department of Transport’s Railway Standards and Safety Board. It has given Cubic Transportation Systems a grant and system will be installed in two London stations this year.

The lack of a gate or a turnstile can be a security problem. Cubic Transportation System’s answer to fare evaders would be human intervention. When a person walks through the Gateless Gates without an account or enough balance, the gate will flash red and an attendant’s device will flash the person’s photo. When this happens more than a few times, the person is tagged as a regular violator.

For exiting, the same Gateless Gate may be used. The concept system arrives at a time when demand for public transportation is climbing. By solving possible areas of delay such as the entrance, it can be the start of train systems that’s well adapted to modern-day rush hour foot traffic.

Gateless Gatelines

A lot of focus has been given to the human face as the next big biometric. A Shanghai-based food chain scans faces for payments; ATMS in China also do the same in lieu for passwords. British Airways is contemplating using face scanning instead of boarding passes. In the near future, face scanning could be a necessity if you’re a regular commuter.

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