Plans to Let Rail Travellers Pay by Fingerprint or Iris Scan

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The rail industry plans to let future travellers pay by fingerprint or by iris scan, as a way to deal with growing demand and overcrowding.

The rail industry reportedly came up with a plan to cope with the growing demand and overcrowding at railway stations: to charge rail passengers by fingerprint or iris scan.

The Decision

According to the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), the organization representing train operators and Network Rail, biometric technology would theoretically allow automated charging which would dramatically accelerate commute times.

This would be the next step after enabling passengers to use their smartphones and Bluetooth signals to open station barriers.

The change is expected to be trailed on Chiltren Railways’ route between Marylebone and Oxford Parkway in the upcoming months.

Chiltren Railways is currently looking for volunteers to help with this ticket-free travel trial with the Bluetooth app.

According to the RDG digital signaling technology would also enable trains to operate close together, which would cut delay times. According to Paul Plummer, the chief executive of RDG, the network is “increasingly full” and steps should be taken for the “solution of tomorrow.”

This blueprint sets out how we can harness digital technology to make journeys better for passengers and freight customers on a railway that’s simpler and easier to use.”

Facial Recognition Use Today

Facial recognition technology is already being used in some areas of the world today. It is currently being used at some UK airports in order to speed up border control processes.

The Australian government has also announced it plans to automate 90 percent of air traveller processing by 2020.

fAustralian airport passengers will soon be processed by biometric scanning of their faces, irises, or fingerprints- and their passports will not be needed.