Berlin train station to trial face recognition security
02 August 2017 07:38 GMT

A train station in Berlin will become a testing ground for biometric surveillance cameras in August. 

The test phase will take place at Berlin's Südkreuz train station, and will include only selected participants and be conducted by the German federal police, reports DW.

For the test phase, three specialized cameras have been installed that will film a particular entrance and an escalator leading to the station platform. A corresponding computer program will compare surveillance footage from these cameras to the photos stored in the database.

The test's volunteers are mostly commuters and are supposed to use the surveilled areas as they go through the station. They will carry a small transmitter with them so the computers can check when they appear and if the program independently recognizes their faces.

Data officials have taken aim at the plans:

"Should these systems be put into actual use, it would be a considerable imposition on fundamental rights," Andrea Vobhoff, Germany's federal data protection commissioner, told the magazine.

Christopher Lauer, an internet and data protection expert for the social democrats (SPD), added: "There is zero crime-fighting benefit," he said.

However, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in a statement Tuesday "technical progress must not stop at our security services."