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Trains In Europe Are Introducing Face Scanners Instead Passports
Passport inspections and ticket checks may be a thing of the past. Eurostar passengers traveling from London will soon be able to board trains with facial recognition technology.
The new system is set to launch in March 2021, and will allow passport-free, contactless train journeys between the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Passengers will have the option to choose the facial recognition technology when booking their tickets. Once you select the option, you will have to upload a selfie and photo of your passport before you travel.
The technology can only be used at St. Pancras station in London. Once you arrive at the train station, your face will be scanned and matched to the selfie and your passport photo. You’ll be able to pass through passport control and board the train without needing physical documents.
Eurostar is introducing the technology to speed up boarding, reduce queues in stations and also limit contact between staff and passengers so everyone can keep their germs to themselves and enjoy traveling again, Time Out is reporting.
The British company iProov was given a more than $400,000 grant by the UK’s Department for Transport to finalize the system.