Berlin Südkreuz rail station algorithmic surveillance 

Released: August 2017

Berlin Südkreuz is a rail station and transport interchange junction in southern Berlin that has been used by a number of recent German governments as a laboratory for live biometric and other forms of surveillance.

In August 2017, Germany's Ministry of the Interior started a six-month pilot, later extended to twelve months, to assess the facial recognition capabilities of three systems tracking 312 volunteers wearing transponders and who were added to a special police database.

Operator: Bundespolizei (BPOL); Deutsche Bahn
Developer: Dell/Herta Security; AnyVision; IDEMIA; IBM; Hitachi; Funkwerk; G2K Group

Country: Germany

Sector: Govt - transport

Purpose: Strengthen law enforcement 

Technology: Behavioural analysis; CCTV; Computer vision; Facial recognition; Object recognition; Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Privacy; Surveillance

Transparency: Governance; Marketing

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The use of facial recognition and other forms of surveillance at Berlin Südkreuz station has raised concerns including loss of human rights, including privacy, bias, inaccuracy, and potential for misuse. 

Facial recognition pilot

Suspicious behaviour monitoring

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Published: February 2023
Last updated: May 2024