Facial recognition cameras to be installed on Rotterdam trams

Rotterdam’s public transport company RET is planning to use facial recognition technology to make sure people who have been banned from using the city’s trams don’t sneak on anyway, local television station RTV Rijnmond reports.

RET is planning to install cameras in every compartment on the tram 2 route to test the system.
In theory, the cameras will scan the faces of everyone entering the tram. If someone who has been banned gets on, the driver will be given a signal.
The idea of using facial recognition technology to reduce aggression on public transport was first mooted a year ago.
RET denies there are privacy concerns because no names will be attached to the recorded images.

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