Kazakhstan plans to launch biometric passenger identification in trains
Kazakhstan plans to launch biometric identification of passengers in trains, reported Islambek Maishekin, director of “Adal Zhol” project office. The facial recognition will solve the problem with stowaways.
“Kazakh citizen should identify him or herself once when purchasing tickets via Digital ID app. The citizen will have a digital ID card that can be used every time he or she buys tickets via the same application without data entry. Also, when boarding a train, instead of a conductor, the program will automatically read the passenger data and pass him or her to the seat,” said the project office’s director.
Three implementation options of the project are in development. The biometric data of passengers will be taken via a smartphone to which the app is connected, or citizens will be identified by cameras installed at stations at exits to the platform or in trains.
The project’s director said that this system will also improve security in trains.
“A person can be identified by cameras without much effort. Also, with sufficient integration from internal affairs bodies, it is possible to identify wanted violators, debtors, or those who are prohibited from traveling abroad,” explained Islambek Maishekin.
The system was planned to be launched in late March but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now it will be tested as soon as conditions permit. A special route was taken for this. On Almaty-Atyrau trains, the project will be tested for two to three months. A decision on its further implementation will be made only after the test.