A passenger scans face to enter the station at Beijing West Railway Station, Nov. 29, 2016. [Photo by Xu Zhuzhu/Qianlong]
As the 2017 Spring Festival is approaching, Beijing West Railway Station recently opened the self-help ticket checking access for passengers to enter the station via face scanning with automatic machines. It is another self-help ticket checking system that came into service following the one in Beijing Railway Station in 2015.
Photo taken on Nov. 29, 2016 shows the self-help ticket checking access at Beijing West Railway Station. [Photo/Qianlong]
A detailed diagram is displayed to explain the steps at Beijing West Railway Station, Nov. 29, 2016. [Photo/Qianlong]
Located to the east of the ticket entrance on the first floor of the North Square, the access can be easily seen with a blue sign reads “Self-help ticket checking access”. The sign clearly specifies that passengers are required to show their second-generation ID cards and blue magnetic card tickets to enter the station, and a detailed diagram is displayed to explain the steps. It is learnt that currently the access is used on trial, and whether it will be popularized in the station depends on its actual service condition.
Before passengers have their face scanned to enter the station, they need to bring along their second-generation ID cards and blue magnetic card tickets, and remove masks and sunglasses covering their face. They need to insert the ID card and a ticket in the slot of the self-service machine at the same time, then face the camera for a while for recognition. The ticket barrier will open for five seconds for each passenger to enter the station if he or she is identified successfully.