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08 February, 2017

UK considers biometric rail tickets

Surveillance state

British railroad companies are experimenting with new ways to use digital technology to make traveling quicker, easier and more digital - including biometric ticketing, which could mean using iris recognition to buy a ticket or simple apps on mobile devices.

Rail companies have set out a blueprint of Britain's railway in the digital age as the industry gathers in Birmingham to discuss the current challenges facing the railway — and how technology will help address them.

Ideas include Bluetooth and biometric ticketing to replace the traditional "tangerine" ticket and "intelligent" trains which run closer together on a digital railway. Iris recognition is used at many airports to confirm a person's identity at passport control and similar technologies are being considered to help smooth flows through railroad stations.

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