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.
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