Plans are starting to be put into place which will mean biometric systems will be tested in train stations. This will mean that biometric scanners may replace the current ticket machines, as these biometric scanners will be developed to help customers who travel by train by using their fingerprints, irises and possibly facial recognition. The plan for the developers is that the biometric systems will replace the need for tickets. This means that if the plans succeed, tickets will no longer be needed.
The biometric systems will soon be tested in London, to see how efficient this system really will be and to check if this will be easier for customers to use. The idea for using biometrics instead of tickets came from how much customers on their journeys use mobile apps to buy their tickets, and the Rail Delivery Group would like to make travel more “futuristic” as well as efficient and easy to use. The use of biometric scanning systems is also being considered as purchasing a ticket at a machine can make it easier for other people to steal information in regards to the payments.