According to Lapuskina, this method is expected to speed up passenger traffic on the very busy metro network. With the system installed on a metro line in the city for test purposes, payment can now be made with the facial recognition. Lapuskina said, “The passenger just looks at the camera and passes by. The camera identifies the passenger, and the passenger can then pass through the turnstile. It really takes no time. You just stop, the system reads you and lets you pass. I think that’s great.“
The system has already been tested more than 60 thousand times by Moscow Metro employees, Lapuskina said, “This metro is by far the world’s number one in terms of payment methods.”
In order to use the FacePay system, the passenger needs to connect their biometric data and account number. The system can then automatically receive the payment from there.
On the other hand, concerns are also expressed that the system may lead to a violation of users’ privacy. However, this technology was not used for the first time in the world. In some cities of China, such as Zhengzhou, this technology is available.
The head of the security unit of the metro, Andrey Kichigin, had previously stated that before the end of this year, passengers could pay their transportation fees with their faces.
Moscow Deputy Mayor Maksim Liksutov also stated that the system can work even if there are objects covering the faces of passengers.