Chinese metro allows you to pay for tickets by scanning and facial recognition
September 23, 2019
China aims to introduce facial recognition technology everywhere, from identifying criminals to checking the attention of students in the classroom. Now such a system introduced in Chinese subway, and this reminds use faces as a ticket.
The South China Morning Post reports that the subway in the southern city of Shenzhen has begun using facial recognition technology to register people over 60 for free rides. Other major cities such as Jinan, Shanghai, Qingdao, Nanjing and Nanning are currently also experimenting with this system.
In Shenzhen, this method of registration is deployed at 18 stations, where 28 vending machines and 60 ticketing devices operate, which are also based on this technology. The system is developed by Chinese conglomerate Tencent, which also operates the metro in some cities. Soon, perhaps, free "tickets" will be able to use and army veterans.
It is reported that the facial recognition system at these stations is gradually gaining popularity. In Jinan, more than 500 passengers a day pay their fare by having their faces scanned, recognized, and such information allows interaction with banks.
Payment for goods and services through facial recognition is not a new phenomenon in China. According to the Wall Street Journal, Alipay and WeChat Pay install devices that also allow customers to pay using this technology. Some loan applications, such as Money Station, also use the technology to verify loan applicants.
In General, such mass surveillance is of concern to people around the world, but China's experience seems to suggest otherwise. A survey published by the China payments Association in 2018 showed that 85% of consumers in this country do not mind payment methods based on biometric data.