Kazakhstan’s capital to install facial recognition payment technology in 2021

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Passengers of public transport in the capital of Kazakhstan will be able to pay for travel by showing their face at the camera using Face pay technology, Akim (Mayor) of Nur-Sultan Altay Kulginov said on October 16.

“To pay in public transport, you just need to look at the camera – it recognises the face and immediately automatically removes the fare of 90 tenge from the card,” Kulginov said at the QazUrban Forum 2020 “Nur-Sultan is a comfortable city”. “We have already tested it in a pilot mode. Now we want to install cameras on all routes in general starting next year,” he said.

He also added that from the beginning of 2021, an additional 100 electric buses will arrive in the capital, where the Face pay system will also be introduced. “Especially in winter, you won’t dig in your purse, you just need to take off your mask – the system will recognise you and then go into public transport,” Kulginov said.

The mayor of the capital recalled that during the spread of coronavirus infection in public transport, cash payments were limited to exclude the possibility of infection. Passengers of the capital’s public transport can pay for their fare using transport cards, SMS, several applications and bank cards.

Face pay technology was launched in pilot mode at the end of 2019. Then two buses were equipped with special cameras.

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