17.12.2021   16:18

Personal biometric payment service now available on Sapsan trains

Russian Railways and Visa are currently testing a payment service for bistro cars on the high-speed Sapsan trains running between St. Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod.

The new service uses biometric data and will enable passengers to make faster and more convenient payments without the need for recourse to cash, bank cards or smartphones. It is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

To use the service, passengers just need to download the OVISION app for iOS or Android to their smartphone and register by entering their phone number, taking a few photos to save their biometric data, and saving their card from any payment system and issuing bank.

The Sapsan trains’ bistro cars are now equipped with special terminals to facilitate the new services, so passengers just have to inform the cashier-operator that they prefer to make their payments biometrically. The system automatically identifies the customer and completes the transaction in less than a second.

Passengers paying with a Visa card will receive a 20% discount on their orders.

The new biometric service is based on the OPAY solution and the OVISION company’s face recognition technology.

OVISION’s identification algorithm analyses about 100 million unique parameters and has been tested on the basis of biometric registrations of more than one million people, which ensures the correct operation of the service.

OVISION technology is used by 100,000 people every day.