SmartCheck: facial recognition on Eurostar


The European Union wants regulate the Facial recognition, but in the meantime the technology becomes more and more used with obvious privacy concerns. Eurostar announced the start of testing for SmartCheck, an automatic ticket control system by scanning the face.

SmartCheck: ticket check for Eurostar

Biometric technology was activated in the St Pancras International station London, from which trains leave for France, Belgium and Holland. Eurostar has introduced a dedicated lane for SmartCheck, a contactless fast-track service developed in collaboration with iProov, leading companies in the facial recognition sector.

The test is reserved for holders of Business Premier and Carte Blanche tickets. Before arriving at the station, users must verify their identity through a face scan (associated with the electronic ticket) with the smartphone. At the station they must then carry out a first facial recognition at the turnstiles to confirm check-in and a second facial recognition to confirm the validity of the passport.

The purpose of the system is to eliminate queues and paper tickets, also minimizing the chances of transmission of COVID-19. Eurostar and iProov say the technology guarantees privacy and security. SmartCheck offers maximum protection against spoofing attacks. All data are processed in compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and with the consent of passengers, are not shared with third parties and are deleted within six hours of travel. A similar system is used in the Moscow Metro.


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