Chinese trains using face recognition for Golden Week
05 October 2017 14:47 GMT

China Railway Corporation says that movements across the country for Golden Week will be much faster thanks to face recognition.

At the entrances to Jinan railway station in the capital of Shandong Province, there are no longer staff checking the tickets and ID cards of passengers.

Passengers place their ID cards and tickets on the gate machines, and infrared cameras scan their face before allowing them into the station. Queues at the entrances moved smoothly using the new system.

"It only takes three seconds for passengers to pass through the gate using the new facial recognition system. It saves manpower and avoids errors in manual checks," said Cheng Xiaowei, a staff member at the station.

As one of China's two "Golden Weeks", this year the National Day holiday has been extended by one day to include the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Oct. 4.

On Wednesday, almost 10.7 million passenger trips were made by rail, up by 155,000 or 1.5 percent from the same period of last year. On Oct. 1, 15.03 million trips were made, an all-time high, according to the CRC statement.