Technology Focus series: Transforming rail access with gateless gates

Gateless gates are systems that use technologies such as video analytics, biometrics, and Bluetooth or vicinity/proximity sensing technologies such as RFID/NFC in place of physical ticket validation, to grant access to an area with minimum effort and time spent from the user. These technologies allow the gate to be barrierless which improves throughput (from 33 persons per minute currently to 60+ ppm) and experience as well as ensuring revenue protection: staff can be notified when people without access rights go through and past a barrier (e.g. fare evaders).

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Gateless gates can improve passenger experience, as passengers are not required to break their stride or exert effort to present a ticket. In addition, revenue protection would not be worse off, as gateless gate systems allow for the identification of fair evasion (contrary to the current physical barriers), as facial recognition technologies could even act as an additional deterrent. Furthermore, image recognition can have additional security benefits for the rail network. Gateless gates can also improve accessibility and allow for greater intermodality for personal first/last mile vehicles (Electric Scooters/Bicycles etc. Finally, Gateless gates have the potential to reduce bottlenecks at stations, which will be most useful in the future, when further capacity increases are needed.


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