Universal Orlando testing photo validation technology for express passes

Posted Friday, February 17, 2017 8:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Visitors using an express pass were asked to stand in a particular spot, put their pass — which incorporates a photo — on a ledge and look at a lens straight ahead. After a moment, a tone signaled approval and riders moved to the loading area.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:00 AM

That's almost certainly the case. I'm not aware of Express Pass fraud/abuse being a huge deal and it brings no increase in efficiency to that system. This is almost certainly a low impact way to test technology in a similar way to its intended real world use in the same, live environment, not what it will really be used for.

Also, while on the topic, I swear they messed with their finger scanners since they installed the new ones. They used to be faster than the RFID Disney touch points when those were new, and then just as fast once the Disney ones were improved. Now the Universal ones feel like they take just as long as SeaWorld's did, and I usually need to try twice at the front gates. The Hogwarts Express scanners seem to be a little quicker/less picky with my finger, so I'm guessing they have their sensitivity or whatever dialed back to keep the entrances from getting too backed up.

Last edited by maXairMike, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:01 AM

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