China Implements the ‘Iris Identification System’ at Xi’an International Airport and Various Major Railway Stations for Chinese New Year
As of last year, China has begun to implement an iris identification system at locations such as the ATMs of its four largest banks, hotels in Hangzhou city, and at universities and apartments in Beijing. In the spring of 2018, the implementation of the system expanded to include the transportation industry. Xi’an’s “Wei Nan Newspaper Network”, the economic website “Financial Industry”, and others have reported on this matter. Let’s look at the details in regard to the Xi’an International Airport and the Changsha South Railway Station.
Xian Xianyang International Airport
In early February, during the peak of Chinese New Year at the Terminal 2 of Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, a girl named “Gei” was about to embark on a trip to Beijing. She had previously checked in online and was provided with a dedicated QR code that had been generated for her. At airport security, she presented her identification and QR code and stood in front of the iris identification gate. 6 seconds later, she was through and on her way to the boarding gate. This example shows the true value of the iris authentication system. There was no need to present anything and she was able to instantly pass through with a breeze. According to airport security officials, efficiency has definitely improved with this method. It is also said that they can process up to 2000 people a day.
However, it is not as easy as it seems. Most passengers would still line up in order to check their luggage and many still proceed with paper boarding passes. It has only increased efficiency for a certain group of people. It is also difficult to apply to busy business passengers who may usually board flights at the last minute.
First, you will have to access the We Chat for “Chang Xiang Travel” of the western airport hub. You must also check-in online at least two hours in advance and generate your dedicated QR code. That being said, this “agile method” is undoubtedly still useful for many existing passengers and is a first step towards a faster, paperless system.
High-Speed Trains and the Changsha South Railway Station
Changsha City is the capital of Hunan Province with a population of 7,432,000 people. In early February, the iris identification system was introduced at the Changsha South Railway Station. Passengers can now quickly enter the station platform after completing an iris identification check.
In Chinese railway stations, passengers will usually have to present their ticket in order to enter and pass their luggage through the X-ray machines. They are then required to wait in the waiting room for a period of time. They can only pass through the final gate and have their ticket stamped just before their departure time. During this waiting time, they are not able enter or exit the platform.
At the iris identification system of the Changsha South Railway Station, a person is required to pass through 2 gates. At the first gate, there is a scanning device on the right hand side that passengers scan their tickets and identification with. At the second gate, there is an iris identification device on the upper right side which will check the information that was collected at the first gate. After this is complete, the passenger is free to proceed. According to observations made by reporters, it takes about 6 seconds for a person to pass through both gates.
This system was introduced in a number of large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Taiyuan, Wuhan, Changsha, Nanchang, Foshan, Shenyang, and Changchun.
The Japanese news only reports on hardware
Acquiring railway tickets during Chinese New Year has been considered to be a painstaking task for decades. However, with the development of the Internet, the situation has improved dramatically. In addition, the iris identification system has contributed to 2018`s speedy, efficient and fair transportation during the Chinese New Year. Issues like difficulty in purchasing tickets, long lines, and other related issues are all about to become relics of the past.
On the other hand, if you were to search for news regarding iris identification and face identification systems in Japan, almost all the reports are related to hardware systems such as those that are implemented in smart phones and tablets.
There were some reports about Nissan Motors introducing a face identification system that will only allow qualified people to enter their inspection sites. This was put in place in response to scandals. With that being said, there are few news reports that are bright and future-oriented.
The collection of personal data by the government in China is not a large issue. Japan should boldly implement more new and special technologies without being concerned about incompleteness or criticism. Otherwise, the differences between Japan and China will continue to grow.