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Rotterdam to scan passengers' faces

Thursday 19 August 2010

The public transport authority in Rotterdam RET is to put face recognition scanners in thirteen trams on line 2 in October, RTV Rijnmond reports on Thursday.

The scanners will record the biometric features of passengers as they enter the tram. If a passenger with a public transport ban is spotted, an alarm will sound in the driver's cabin and the passenger will be removed.

Rotterdam's tram line 2 is a problem line with a high rate of fights and damage. Over the past two years, around 40 troublemakers have been given a public order ban.

At the moment, drivers are issued with photos of banned passengers and have to recognise them from these.

The test with the scanners will last one year and cost €200,000, shared by RET and the home affairs ministry.

© DutchNews.nl

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Readers' comments (7)

that is the most STUPID excuse i ve ever heard.How will the passenger be removed?? if he is agressive for example..call the police? i guess that could happen even without the presence of expensive machines that we will have to pay on the ticket prices. I LOVE MY CAR!

By kos | August 19, 2010 12:14 PM

What if your just drunk?

By bobke | August 19, 2010 2:23 PM

€200,000 divided by 40 people is €5,000 per person. Would it be cheaper to just pay the cab fare these people must spend to not ride the trams?

By Ron | August 19, 2010 4:11 PM

Anybody having bigbrotther flags going up.

1st the OV-Chip card the monitors you were every you go.
2nd Facial recognition

Lets not forget the GPS for road tax for the government to monitor you in your car everywhere you go.

Not to mention the fact that the Netherlands has more wiretaps than any other country in the world per capita.

By Dan Man | August 19, 2010 6:44 PM

That would be a good idea. Its a shame that there are so many unruly people that this type of action is necessary. They have a similar system at hotel restaurants in Sydney with identity tags and since that has been in place there have been no incidents. Some people did not enter when they required identity tags.But its a shame these actions are required making public transport more expensive because of a minority but this is the case for everything.

By Ronald Martens | August 20, 2010 1:31 AM

That is so funny!!!!

We might be too young to remember, but there have been times where there were multiple train attendants in such a train.

The had authority and were mostly respected, kept things in order and you could even ASK THEM WHERE TO EXIT.

Now we have automatic doors that won't notice the random granny getting stuck, ticket machines, sometimes no driver, cameras, camera networks, biometric scanning of passengers and an iphone to check the map.

In the end that S%^$ costs us more. Serves us well for thinking everything new is everything better.

By Florian Heigl | October 30, 2010 6:53 PM

Netherlands is quite modern. No other country in Europe (or any non-small country in the World) has an integrated electronic system, nationally valid, to pay for fares without having do deal with paper tickets, collectors etc.

RET is quite moder IMO. Better organized than GVB in Amsterdam. Conductors in the train cost A HELL of money, so it's better to have those machines instead of people doing the job and saving the public money from the transportation subsidies.

I really like the OV-Chipkaart, once you get the grip of it, it's very easy to use, and it reduces the need of controllers on metro and trams. Also you don't have to speak with bus drivers, just touch and go.

By Andre L. | October 31, 2010 10:49 PM

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