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Updated 8:47 AM EST, Fri, Mar 05, 2021

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China to Turn 100 Trains into Free WiFi Spots

China to install WiFi on 100 trains by the end of April this year

(Photo : Getty Image) China to install WiFi on 100 trains by the end of April this year.

The Beijing Railway Bureau  will begin offering free WiFi to over 100 trains by the end of April. 

Currently, Jinan Railway is testing its free WiFi service on 75 trains. However, bullet trains are out of the list.

To avail of the train's latest facility, passengers are required to download an app which will feature some music, movies, and news after logging in. Other than that, instant messaging app platforms like QQ and WeChat are also acceptable. However, for the meantime, the service will only be available for the aforementioned platforms.

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The train will be equipped with 3G and 4G capable service providers, and its WiFi signals can accommodate roughly 120 devices connected at the same time on each train.

Trains soon to be equipped with wireless Internet connection include routes from Beijing to Shanghai, Qingdao, Kunming, Lhasa, and Guangzhou.

Meanwhile, last February, the Beijing Railway Administration has begun trialing its facial recognition system to verify train travelers' identity. Reports reveal that people who have second-generation identification card and a blue magcard ticket can utilize the station's new automated check-in. Others may use the self-service system and need to take off glasses, masks, hats or anything that cover the face.

Citizens are asked to stand in front of a screen to have their photos taken and then have to wait for about three seconds for confirmation. The system, which boasts to be highly accurate, compares the passenger's face with the identity card.

China's second-generation ID was first introduced in 2004. It is equipped with chips that contain users' digital photograph as well as their personal details. 

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