Biometric technology to improve efficiency of Beijing subway system

Biometric technology will be introduced at Beijing subway stations this year to improve transportation efficiency and reduce costs, China Daily reports.

Zhang Huabing, head of enterprise development for Beijing Subway, said the face and palm recognition are being considered to identify people when they enter a station, potentially allowing them to bypass traditional ticketing and reduce transit time.

More than 10 million passengers ride the city’s subway trains every weekday.

In December, Alibaba and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group announced that the Shanghai Metro would install “far-field” speech recognition technology in ticket machines in all stations, as well as facial recognition at station entrances to verify commuters identities.

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