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Dutch public transportation verifying passengers via facial recognition

Public transportation passengers in the Netherlands are to be screened with facial recognition technology, in an attempt to improve security.

The Rotterdam public transportation company RET will soon equip all trams with cameras that scan passengers’ faces and comparing them to a database of images when boarding. The driver gets an alert if a passengers is on the watch list.

The measure must protect public transport employees from aggressive passengers, said RET spokesman Martin Kenney. If successful, the technology will be extended.

Rotterdam is the first Dutch municipality that will introduce the new technology to the Dutch public transportation sector for the first time and may transform the public’s experience of traveling.

The technology does not compromise our privacy, said a RET spokesman. “The camera only scans facial features, which are not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.