Beijing will be introducing "bio-id" technology to help speed up the flow of passengers through the subway system at peak times. The transport system will implement facial recognition scanners and palm scanners this year to speed up the movement of the more than 10 million passengers who use the Beijing subways system each day. China has been a pioneer globally in the application of surveillance technology, where it is already being used for everything from fast-food checkout to domestic security purposes.
Facial recognition will be used to recognize citizens' faces as they pass through the transport system and may allow for them to eventually travel without needing to go through normal ticketing channels. Palm scanners, which are already being used on the Shanghai subway system, would let citizens travel through ticket turnstiles with just the swipe of their hands.
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