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New facial biometrics could eliminate the need for passports on rail travel

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  •   06-24-2020  7:55 am
  •   Pax Global Media

New facial biometrics could eliminate the need for passports on rail travel
iProov, a leader in biometric authentication technology, announced a brand new concept that would enable rail passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes without needing to come into contact with people or hardware.
Pax Global Media

Rail passengers using Eurostar services will be the first to take advantage of a brand new facial biometric corridor to enable contactless journeys.

Back in May, iProov, a leader in biometric authentication technology, announced a brand new concept that would enable rail passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes at St Pancras International station in London, England, without needing to come into contact with people or hardware.

“This is a world-first. iProov is enabling train passengers to choose to travel without tickets or documentation in a way that is safe and secure, said Andrew Bud, founder and CEO, iProov. “What started off as a project to reduce travel congestion and keep passengers moving is now going to help keep people safe in a pandemic world through social distancing and contactless interaction. It’s yet another example of how opt-in facial verification is making life easier and safer for people around the world.”

Travelling with Eurostar

Passengers planning to travel on Eurostar services would be offered an accelerated pre-boarding option

Prior to travelling, they would use the Eurostar app to scan their identity documentation before iProoving themselves. The iProov facial biometric check uses patented controlled illumination to authenticate the identity of the user against the ID document.

The iProov solution is unique in assuring the Genuine Presence of the passenger. As well as checking that the user is the right person, matching the identity portrayed in the passport, the illumination process checks that the user is a real person, rather than a photo, video, or mask; and, uniquely, that the user is authenticating right now. This protects against large-scale criminal attacks using deepfakes. 

The passenger would then receive a message confirming that their identity document had been secured and a ticket or passport would not need to be shown again until they reached their destination. On arrival at St Pancras International, the passenger would enter the contactless travel corridor and proceed in distanced fashion before boarding the train.

Coming March 2021 

A kiosk solution at the station would allow passengers without access to smartphones to complete the same process.

The iProov solution will be developed in close partnership with Eurostar, the UK’s only operator of high-speed rail services, and with Canadian travel and immigration solution specialists WorldReach Software. 

It is planned to be in live operation by March 2021.

For more information on how iProov works, click here. 


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