Moscow railroad tests facial recognition payment to identify and charge passengers

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The operator of Moscow’s passenger railroad service is testing a system, which would use facial recognition to identify and charge passengers. Similar pilot projects are underway or planned in other areas in the Russian capital. As computational power and broadband communications become more accessible, using biometrics identification for screening of people gets cheaper and faster. So it’s natural that the technology, initially meant for security and law enforcement, is finding its ways to new applications. The company responsible for most railroad passenger traffic in the Russian capital is the latest player trying to use facial recognition as payment method. The TsPPK has introduced a system for this as a pilot project, its head Maksim Dyakonov said at a recent panel on the development of public transport in Moscow. “We are testing a prototype on a couple of stations and want to see if it makes sense or not,” he said as cited by TASS. “Anyway, the transit system moves towards a…

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