Eurostar adopts facial verification for passengers


By the end of March 2021 Eurostar will roll out a facial verification system in which passengers will send a scan of their passport and a selfie so that when boarding they can prove their identity by walking through a camera-lined “biometric” corridor instead of presenting their documents. The Department for Transport is funding the system as part of a £9.4 million competition to revolutionise rail travel and is being developed by the British company iProov in partnership with Eurostar and the Canadian travel specialist World Research Software. The ability to enforce social distancing and limit queuing is listed as one of the benefits.
Writer: Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan
Publication: Financial Times