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Facial recognition for train passengers in use in Chiba Pref.


Courtesy of Yamaman Co.
A ticket gate with facial recognition technology is seen at a station in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture.

Chiba (Jiji Press) – A boarding system with facial recognition technology was introduced on Saturday on the Yamaman Yukarigaoka Line, a residential train service in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

According to Yamaman Co., the line’s operator, it is the first time a facial recognition-based boarding management system for ordinary passengers has been put into practice on a public transportation system in the country.

After registering their facial photo details and credit card details in advance on a special website, passengers can board the train, without purchasing tickets, by having cameras installed at the ticket gates at stations recognize their faces. Passengers with a shuttle pass can also use the system.

Yamaman also introduced the system to its bus service the same day.

The company expects an increase in the number of users of the facial recognition system as commuters opt for the system when renewing their passes.

A Yamaman official, who also runs real estate operations, said the company wants to introduce the system throughout the community.

Facial recognition systems, including for train tickets, are being tested in many parts of the country.

Osaka Metro Co., which provides subway services mainly in the western city of Osaka, has introduced a facial recognition system for its employees on a trial basis

It plans to start operating it for passengers by the end of fiscal year 2024.

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