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The Moscow Metro on Friday rolled out what authorities have touted as the world’s first chow payment system grounded on facial recognition technology.
The cashless, cardless, and phone-less system, called “Face Pay,” has been fitted at special turnstiles across the Russian capital’s further than 240 metro stations.
“To enter the metro, passengers won’t need a card or a smartphone — just look at the camera on the turnstile,” said Maxim Liksutov, deputy mayor in charge of transport.
“You won’t need to touch your smartphone or any other shells,” Liksutov added, representing rising enterprises about the spread of the coronavirus in the capital amid Russia’s record-setting diurnal case and death figures, low vaccination rates, and lax enforcement of mask-wearing rules.
To spark Face Pay, passengers will need to connect their print, bank card, and conveyance card, known as a “Troika” auto, to the service through the Moscow Metro’s mobile app.
Liksutov said passengers’ data will be “securely translated,” but activists have raised sequestration enterprises. “The camera on the turnstile reads a biometric key, not a face image or other particular data,” said Liksutov.
He read that over to 15 metro passengers will regularly use Face Pay in the coming three times.
“Moscow is the first megacity in the world where the system is working on such a scale,” he added. “There are no coequals of Face Pay in terms of quality and ease of use for passengers anywhere in the world.”
Authorities in the Russian capital have formerly extensively stationed facial recognition technology across the capital, with a network of nearly surveillance cameras used to identify felonious suspects.
Activists have expressed fears that authorities will use facial recognition cameras as a surveillance tool.
The debate reignited this week after Russia’s Kommersant business daily reported that druggies’ photos uploaded to a website that provides public services for Moscow residers will automatically participate with law enforcement authorities.
The Moscow mayor’s office denied the report, but the Kremlin said that security officers formerly have legal access to the private data stored on Russia’s public services websites.