Simkomats have arrived in the subway

So far only in Moscow, but this is no longer one or two "demonstration" units at the airport, the process has begun. Connecting to a soulless box is still unusual and not everything works perfectly, but it works. And, as they say, this smart piece of iron is also quite cost-effective. What can you do, "robots attack!". We just have to put up with the inevitable and try to enjoy the process

How, why and with what they eat simkomat

As far as I remember, in Moscow he was the first to automate the sale of MegaFon SIM cards. Many years ago and, it seems, also in the subway. In devices that are primitive by today's standards, which could only take money and, in exchange for it, issue a box with a SIM card and a description of the tariff. Naturally, no signing of the Treaty and, moreover, identification of the person, it was possible to show a passport, if desired, except perhaps to a policeman who happened nearby. The tariff provided for certain restrictions, and the requirements for mandatory registration were not particularly tense. I remember when MegaFon began to demand that working numbers be registered within two weeks (otherwise a block), it was perceived almost as an attack on the foundations of Russian democracy.

The almost full-fledged simcomats that appeared relatively recently had one important drawback: the device scanned and checked the passport, however, it could issue a simcard only if there was a previously registered contract in the operator's network. That is, the second or third SIM card with other numbers - please, but for the first time, if you please, conclude a contract in the usual, traditional way in the cabin. Despite the seeming total coverage of the entire population by each operator, in reality it is not so, plus visitors, plus foreigners, and so on. An inconvenient limitation. In this sense, new models of simcomats with the function of identifying a person from a photograph in a passport are much more practical and, one might say, are already relatively close to ideal. Tele2 installed its first such simcomat at Moscow's Vnukovo airport in the summer of 2018, and the second one at Domodedovo airport at the end of the summer of the same year. You can read about it in our review here. Despite all the statements about the profitability of the project, a doubt was stirring in the depths of the body: would all this turn out to be another funny toy and PR object, which after a while they will safely forget about? Payback is a delicate matter, it can be calculated in different ways depending on the desired result.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

It seems that this time everything is going well (don't jinx it!) And the robots-simcomats moved forward to conquer the Moscow metro: five Tele2 devices and, a week later, also five (so that no one would be offended?) similar MTS simcomats on others stations. A dozen robots for the entire Moscow metro is a drop in the ocean, but a start has been made. You see, it will gradually take root and buying a SIM card in the subway will become commonplace. At least for visitors who certainly get into the subway before they get to the communication salon.

Quotes from the Tele2 press release, original here:

". A device with a biometric face recognition system allows you to fully automate the issuance of SIM cards and ensure reliable connections. Tele2 has installed branded SIM-card vending machines at five traffic stations of the Moscow Metro: Arbatskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kurskaya, Paveletskaya and Pushkinskaya. Thus, the company increased the total number of terminals to seven: the first SIM-card vending machine appeared on the eve of the main football event of the year at Vnukovo airport, and the second - in Domodedovo in August. SIM-terminals installed in the summer connect twice as many subscribers as a salon or a module located at a railway station or airport. At the same time, the opening of one such point of sale allows Tele2 to save more than 1 million rubles compared to a conventional communication store. During its operation, SIM-card vending machines served users from 95 countries. In addition to Russian and English, now Tele2 SIM-terminals "speak" Chinese. This is due to the large flow of visitors from China: in January-June 2018, 155,000 Chinese visited Moscow, which is 20% more than last year.”

Just the other day, in a review, I was joking about a "native Russian" messenger with Chinese characters in the interface. Good thing: we all respect attention to our language very much. I remember that in France, my communication with people was much more constructive in my rather crooked French than in English, despite the excellent command of English by my interlocutors. It's good that the documents always have an English version of the pages and the simcomats will not have to read/recognize/translate hieroglyphs.

“Tele2 is constantly expanding the functionality of the SIM-card vending machine: in the near future, subscribers will be able to replenish the balance through the terminal, and later, using the device, it will be possible to choose a tariff and a beautiful number, switch to Tele2 via MNP. The machine will also issue SIMs ordered online, recover lost cards, or provide billing details electronically.”

In June 2018, this entire set was already promised “in the near future”, but 5 months is not the time for such a serious upgrade of equipment. Maybe it's for the best? Even at that time, I was skeptical about the prospects of turning the simcomat almost into an automated service office. Surely there will be so many problems and errors that the robot will have to be equipped with a live consultant behind the counter. And the next logical step would be to save on a device that has become unnecessary.

Quotes from the MTS press release, the original is here:

". MTS installed devices for issuing SIM cards with automatic identification at five stations of the Moscow Metro. The terminals operate at the Park Kultury and Belorusskaya stations of the Koltsevaya line, Aleksandrovsky Sad of the Filevskaya line, Kievskaya of the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya and Kitai-gorod stations of the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line.

To get a SIM card, you need to scan your passport and allow the terminal to take a portrait photo. The device will automatically determine the authenticity of the document, compare the photo in the passport and the photo taken on the spot, recognize and fill in subscriber data and issue a SIM card. The SIM card is ready for use immediately after issuance. Thanks to intuitive mechanics, passengers of any age will be able to use the terminals.

Simkomats came to the subway

The Tele2 simcomat does not ask for permission to take a photo, although this can be guessed at its request to remove glasses and a hat. The phrase about “passengers of any age” provoked a question that also applies to Tele2 simkomats: what about young people at the already not quite tender age of 14-18? The guys already have passports and it is possible for them to draw up a contract / number in their own name. But only with the consent of one of the parents. Will the simcomat take this subtlety into account by comparing the current date with the year of birth indicated in the passport?

“By the end of the year, MTS plans to install 20 SIM-card sales devices with automatic identification in Moscow and the Moscow Region. The terminals will be installed at railway stations, airports and shopping and entertainment centers.

In the long term, it would be nice to install universal simcomats that would allow you to choose an operator for connection as a first step, it is hardly technically difficult to implement this. But the savings on the price of equipment and the cost of renting a site for its placement would be impressive. At the same time, they would collect statistics on the preferences of future subscribers, under equal conditions and the complete absence of the human factor, such statistics would be interesting and informative.< /p>

How it works

Tele2 had time a little earlier than colleagues from MTS with their simcomats, it was fair to try out their version. Yes, and the Pushkinskaya metro station is much more convenient for me geographically. And it was necessary to test it, press releases sometimes suffer from excessive laudation. As the village groom said in an ancient joke about his bride, “friends are people with a concept and will not lie, but you have to feel it yourself!”.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

Large, easy to use touch screen with good response, on the main page - a full selection of package rates with their brief characteristics. And the promise to connect in 5 minutes. They joked about the choice of tariffs (more on that below), but they obviously got excited with five minutes. Theoretically, if everything works perfectly and the future subscriber doesn’t get stupid at all, then you can do it in 5 minutes. May be. Really - 10-12 minutes, this is the time you need to navigate if there are others who want to connect in front of you. In my case, there were no others who wanted to, and the simcomat and I were able to slowly enjoy the process.

First of all, they asked for consent to the processing of personal data. Well done, don't forget. By the way, if you are suddenly intrigued by the name of the device "PAK", then this is just an abbreviation of the words "software and hardware complex".

Simkomats came to the subway

The procedure for choosing a tariff is well known to those who go to the polls in Russia: there are no options, but all the advantages of a single candidate are described in detail.

Simkomats came to the subway

After you have made a "choice" of the tariff, the most interesting comes - scanning, comparing the face with the photo in the passport, stamp recognition, auto-filling forms and other high-tech celebrations. In my case, the experiment with comparing a live muzzle with a photo in the passport was uninteresting, the photos are only about two years old. How it all fits together with a photo of 15 years ago is unknown to science, but let's hope for the best.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

I agree, I don't like my face myself. But not to the extent that it causes "deserialization" in the device. Whatever that word means. However, on the second attempt, everything worked out and did without “deserialization”.

Simkomats came to the subway

Again, only on the second attempt, the reason is completely incomprehensible. Already the number of the passport is three times larger than the rest of the text. By the way, each time before scanning, I carefully unfolded the scanned spread in the other direction, trying to achieve its maximum approximation to the “flat” shape.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

Where the scanner could see the second stamp is a mystery. He stopped seeing double, as far as I remember, only from the third time. But still, the double stopped, victory! Then everything was simple and without excesses: I signed with my finger, pressed “OK” with the same finger, confirming my consent to use this signature, admired the result image and rejoiced at my talent for confidently signing with my finger. And this is not khukhr-mukhr for you, the “finger-made” signature, in theory, should be compared with the man-made signature in the passport.

Simkomats came to the subway

And, finally, the subscriber registration form with all the details appeared on the screen. After that, the machine issued a SIM card and recommended inserting it into the subscriber device. A small quest was successfully completed, leaving behind a number of questions:

  • Believe me, I really tried to straighten the pages of the passport before scanning. You see, the efforts were not enough. Obviously, the scanner is extremely capricious even to slight bends in the document. How so? Just don't tell me that this is hot news for developers and they didn't even know about it before.
  • It is also obvious that the simcomat (and hence the operator) is absolutely up to the rubbish light bulb in the field "Who issued the passport." Otherwise, the simcomat should not have easily missed at least uncertainly recognized characters. And if “to the point”, then why does everyone and everywhere require us to enter this sacred information in the field “By whom and when the passport was issued”, huh?
  • If this data is still not quite "to the point", then where is the intelligence of the recognition system? At least a sample

Otherwise, "everything is fine, beautiful marquise!", the system is functioning. Minor roughness can be easily and inexpensively corrected right on the spot, Russian style. For example, without bothering with smart software, hang a small brick next to it on a chain with an inscription in three languages ​​“put on a document when scanning”. The chain at the same time will work as an anti-theft device from those who like to drag everything in a row for souvenirs.

About My Tele2 tariff

The choice of the “My Tele2” tariff for the simcomat as the “one and only” does not cause any complaints. For 7 rub. per day unlimited voice within Tele2, Internet anlim on social networks and instant messengers, 5 GB per month of other traffic. Plus they give 50 rubles. to the balance when connecting, so that the received SIM card immediately starts working and still works for at least some time, this is important for the card issued through the SIM card.

Simkomats came to the subway

Attraction of unheard-of generosity? If you look, there were simply no alternatives. They decided not to take money from subscribers for connection at all, and the issued card was supposed to start working immediately. And what are the options? Connect "My conversation"? So it will have to give the entire monthly package of services at a price of 200 rubles, including 200 minutes to other networks and 50 SMS to Russia, plus something else should be given on top to the “beauty” balance. Other options would be even more costly for the operator.

Proposed "My Tele2" in this version of "Promo" turned out to be unexpectedly interesting for tourists. A group arrives, sort out free SIM cards and hang out in Moscow for a week, calling each other for free as needed and furiously posting their pictures on all sorts of instagrams, what's wrong? However, our lovers of free will also probably fuss, and once a week to grab another SIM card on the way is not a big waste of time. Unless, of course, Tele2 did not provide any fuses in this "Promo" specifically for such cases. If not provided, then such a scheme for distributing sim cards is unlikely to last for a long time.

I should still get to the MTS simcomat now. It became very interesting to see how it all works and works for them. Or will someone share their impressions in the comments?

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

So far only in Moscow, but this is no longer one or two "demonstration" units at the airport, the process has begun. Connecting to a soulless box is still unusual and not everything works perfectly, but it works. And, as they say, this smart piece of iron is also quite cost-effective. What can you do, "robots attack!". We just have to put up with the inevitable and try to enjoy the process

How, why and with what they eat simkomat

As far as I remember, in Moscow he was the first to automate the sale of MegaFon SIM cards. Many years ago and, it seems, also in the subway. In devices that are primitive by today's standards, which could only take money and, in exchange for it, issue a box with a SIM card and a description of the tariff. Naturally, no signing of the Treaty and, moreover, identification of the person, it was possible to show a passport, if desired, except perhaps to a policeman who happened nearby. The tariff provided for certain restrictions, and the requirements for mandatory registration were not particularly tense. I remember when MegaFon began to demand that working numbers be registered within two weeks (otherwise a block), it was perceived almost as an attack on the foundations of Russian democracy.

The almost full-fledged simcomats that appeared relatively recently had one important drawback: the device scanned and checked the passport, however, it could issue a simcard only if there was a previously registered contract in the operator's network. That is, the second or third SIM card with other numbers - please, but for the first time, if you please, conclude a contract in the usual, traditional way in the cabin. Despite the seeming total coverage of the entire population by each operator, in reality this is not so, plus visitors, plus foreigners, and so on. An inconvenient limitation. In this sense, new models of simcomats with the function of identifying a person from a photograph in a passport are much more practical and, one might say, are already relatively close to ideal.Tele2 installed its first such simcomat at Moscow's Vnukovo airport in the summer of 2018, and the second one at Domodedovo airport at the end of the summer of the same year. You can read about it in our review here. Despite all the statements about the profitability of the project, a doubt was stirring in the depths of the body: would all this turn out to be another funny toy and PR object, which after a while they would safely forget about? After all, payback is a delicate matter, it can be calculated in different ways depending on the desired result.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

It seems that this time everything is going well (don't jinx it!) And the robots-simcomats moved forward to conquer the Moscow metro: five Tele2 devices and, a week later, also five (so that no one would be offended?) similar MTS simcomats on others stations. A dozen robots for the entire Moscow metro is a drop in the ocean, but a start has been made. You see, it will gradually take root and buying a SIM card in the subway will become commonplace. At least for visitors who certainly get on the subway before they get to the communication salon.

Quotes from the Tele2 press release, original here:

". A device with a biometric face recognition system allows you to fully automate the issuance of SIM cards and ensure reliable connections. Tele2 has installed branded SIM-card vending machines at five Moscow metro traffic stations: Arbatskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kurskaya, Paveletskaya and Pushkinskaya. Thus, the company increased the total number of terminals to seven: the first SIM-card vending machine appeared on the eve of the main football event of the year at Vnukovo airport, and the second - in Domodedovo in August. SIM-terminals installed in the summer connect twice as many subscribers as a salon or a module located at a railway station or airport. At the same time, the opening of one such point of sale allows Tele2 to save more than 1 million rubles compared to a conventional communication store. During its operation, SIM-card vending machines served users from 95 countries. In addition to Russian and English, now Tele2 SIM-terminals "speak" Chinese. This is due to the large flow of visitors from China: in January-June 2018, 155,000 Chinese visited Moscow, which is 20% more than last year.”

Just the other day, in a review, I was joking about a "native Russian" messenger with Chinese characters in the interface. Good thing: we all respect attention to our language very much. I remember that in France, my communication with people was much more constructive in my rather crooked French than in English, despite the excellent command of English by my interlocutors. It's good that the documents always have an English version of the pages and the simcomats will not have to read/recognize/translate hieroglyphs.

“Tele2 is constantly expanding the functionality of the SIM-card vending machine: in the near future, subscribers will be able to replenish the balance through the terminal, and later, using the device, it will be possible to choose a tariff and a beautiful number, switch to Tele2 via MNP. The machine will also issue SIMs ordered online, recover lost cards, or provide billing details electronically.”

In June 2018, this entire set was already promised “in the near future”, but 5 months is not the time for such a serious upgrade of equipment. Maybe it's for the best? Even at that time, I was skeptical about the prospects of turning the simcomat almost into an automated service office. Surely there will be so many problems and errors that the robot will have to be equipped with a live consultant behind the counter. And the next logical step would be to save on a device that has become unnecessary.

Quotes from the MTS press release, the original is here:

". MTS installed devices for issuing SIM cards with automatic identification at five stations of the Moscow Metro. The terminals operate at the Park Kultury and Belorusskaya stations of the Koltsevaya line, Aleksandrovsky Sad of the Filevskaya line, Kievskaya of the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya and Kitai-gorod stations of the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line.

To get a SIM card, you need to scan your passport and allow the terminal to take a portrait photo. The device will automatically determine the authenticity of the document, compare the photo in the passport and the photo taken on the spot, recognize and fill in subscriber data and issue a SIM card. The SIM card is ready for use immediately after issuance. Thanks to intuitive mechanics, passengers of any age will be able to use the terminals.

Simkomats came to the subway

The Tele2 simcomat does not ask for permission to take a photo, although this can be guessed at its request to remove glasses and a hat. The phrase about “passengers of any age” provoked a question that also applies to Tele2 simkomats: what about young people at the already not quite tender age of 14-18? The guys already have passports and it is possible for them to draw up a contract / number in their own name. But only with the consent of one of the parents. Will the simcomat take this subtlety into account by comparing the current date with the year of birth indicated in the passport?

“By the end of the year, MTS plans to install 20 SIM-card sales devices with automatic identification in Moscow and the Moscow Region. The terminals will be installed at railway stations, airports and shopping and entertainment centers.

In the long term, it would be nice to install universal simcomats that would allow you to choose an operator for connection as a first step, it is hardly technically difficult to implement this. But the savings on the price of equipment and the cost of renting a site for its placement would be impressive. At the same time, they would collect statistics on the preferences of future subscribers, under equal conditions and the complete absence of the human factor, such statistics would be interesting and informative.< /p>

How it works

Tele2 had time a little earlier than colleagues from MTS with their simcomats, it was fair to try out their version. Yes, and the Pushkinskaya metro station is much more convenient for me geographically. And it was necessary to test it, press releases sometimes suffer from excessive laudation. As the village groom said in an ancient joke about his bride, “friends are people with a concept and will not lie, but you have to feel it yourself!”.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

Large, easy to use touch screen with good response, on the main page - a full selection of package rates with their brief characteristics. And the promise to connect in 5 minutes. They joked about the choice of tariffs (more on that below), but they obviously got excited with five minutes. Theoretically, if everything works perfectly and the future subscriber doesn’t get stupid at all, then you can do it in 5 minutes. May be. Really - 10-12 minutes, this is the time you need to navigate if there are others who want to connect in front of you. In my case, there were no others who wanted to, and the simcomat and I were able to slowly enjoy the process.

First of all, they asked for consent to the processing of personal data. Well done, don't forget. By the way, if you are suddenly intrigued by the name of the device "PAK", then this is just an abbreviation of the words "software and hardware complex".

Simkomats came to the subway

The procedure for choosing a tariff is well known to those who go to the polls in Russia: there are no options, but all the advantages of a single candidate are described in detail.

Simkomats came to the subway

After you have made a "choice" of the tariff, the most interesting comes - scanning, comparing the face with the photo in the passport, stamp recognition, auto-filling forms and other high-tech celebrations. In my case, the experiment with comparing a live muzzle with a photo in the passport was uninteresting, the photos are only about two years old. How it all fits together with a photo of 15 years ago is unknown to science, but let's hope for the best.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

I agree, I don't like my face myself. But not to the extent that it causes "deserialization" in the device. Whatever that word means. However, on the second attempt, everything worked out and did without “deserialization”.

Simkomats came to the subway

Again, only on the second attempt, the reason is completely incomprehensible. Already the number of the passport is three times larger than the rest of the text. By the way, each time before scanning, I carefully unfolded the scanned spread in the other direction, trying to achieve its maximum approximation to the “flat” shape.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

Where the scanner could see the second stamp is a mystery. He stopped seeing double, as far as I remember, only from the third time. But still, the double stopped, victory! Then everything was simple and without excesses: I signed with my finger, pressed “OK” with the same finger, confirming my consent to use this signature, admired the result image and rejoiced at my talent for confidently signing with my finger. And this is not khukhr-mukhr for you, the “finger-made” signature, in theory, should be compared with the man-made signature in the passport.

Simkomats came to the subway

And, finally, the subscriber registration form with all the details appeared on the screen. After that, the machine issued a SIM card and recommended inserting it into the subscriber device. A small quest was successfully completed, leaving behind a number of questions:

  • Believe me, I really tried to straighten the pages of the passport before scanning. You see, the efforts were not enough. Obviously, the scanner is extremely capricious even to slight bends in the document. How so? Just don't tell me that this is hot news for developers and they didn't even know about it before.
  • It is also obvious that the simcomat (and hence the operator) is absolutely up to the rubbish light bulb in the field "Who issued the passport." Otherwise, the simcomat should not have easily missed at least uncertainly recognized characters. And if “to the point”, then why does everyone and everywhere require us to enter this sacred information in the field “By whom and when the passport was issued”, huh?
  • If this data is still not quite "to the point", then where is the intelligence of the recognition system? At least a sample

Otherwise, "everything is fine, beautiful marquise!", the system is functioning. Minor roughness can be easily and inexpensively corrected right on the spot, Russian style. For example, without bothering with smart software, hang a small brick next to it on a chain with an inscription in three languages ​​“put on a document when scanning”. The chain at the same time will work as an anti-theft device from those who like to drag everything for souvenirs.

About My Tele2 tariff

The choice of the “My Tele2” tariff for a simcomat as the “one and only” does not cause any complaints. For 7 rub. per day unlimited voice within Tele2, Internet anlim on social networks and instant messengers, 5 GB per month of other traffic. Plus they give 50 rubles. to the balance when connecting, so that the received SIM card immediately starts working and still works for at least some time, this is important for the card issued through the SIM card.

Simkomats came to the subway

Attraction of unheard-of generosity? If you look, then there were simply no alternatives. They decided not to take money from subscribers for connection at all, and the issued card was supposed to start working immediately. And what are the options? Connect "My conversation"? So it will have to give the entire monthly package of services at a price of 200 rubles, including 200 minutes to other networks and 50 SMS to Russia, plus something else should be given on top to the balance “for beauty”. Other options would be even more costly for the operator.

Proposed "My Tele2" in this version of "Promo" turned out to be unexpectedly interesting for tourists. A group arrives, sort out free SIM cards and hang out in Moscow for a week, calling each other for free as needed and furiously posting their pictures on all sorts of instagrams, what's wrong? However, our lovers of free will also probably fuss, and once a week to grab another SIM card on the way is not a big waste of time. Unless, of course, Tele2 did not provide any fuses in this "Promo" specifically for such cases. If not provided, then such a scheme for distributing sim cards is unlikely to last for a long time.

I should still get to the MTS simcomat now. It became very interesting to see how it all works and works for them. Or will someone share their impressions in the comments?

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

So far only in Moscow, but this is no longer one or two "demonstration" units at the airport, the process has begun. Connecting to a soulless box is still unusual and not everything works perfectly, but it works. And, as they say, this smart piece of iron is also quite cost-effective. What can you do, "robots attack!". We just have to put up with the inevitable and try to enjoy the process

How, why and with what they eat simkomat

As far as I remember, in Moscow he was the first to automate the sale of MegaFon SIM cards. Many years ago and, it seems, also in the subway. In devices that are primitive by today's standards, which could only take money and, in exchange for it, issue a box with a SIM card and a description of the tariff. Naturally, no signing of the Treaty and, moreover, identification of the person, it was possible to show a passport, if desired, except perhaps to a policeman who happened nearby. The tariff provided for certain restrictions, and the requirements for mandatory registration were not particularly tense. I remember when MegaFon began to demand that working numbers be registered within two weeks (otherwise a block), it was perceived almost as an attack on the foundations of Russian democracy.

The almost full-fledged simcomats that appeared relatively recently had one important drawback: the device scanned and checked the passport, however, it could issue a simcard only if there was a previously registered contract in the operator's network. That is, the second or third SIM card with other numbers - please, but for the first time, if you please, conclude a contract in the usual, traditional way in the cabin. Despite the seeming total coverage of the entire population by each operator, in reality this is not so, plus visitors, plus foreigners, and so on. An inconvenient limitation. In this sense, new models of simcomats with the function of identifying a person from a photograph in a passport are much more practical and, one might say, are already relatively close to ideal.Tele2 installed its first such simcomat at Moscow's Vnukovo airport in the summer of 2018, and the second one at Domodedovo airport at the end of the summer of the same year. You can read about it in our review here. Despite all the statements about the profitability of the project, a doubt was stirring in the depths of the body: would all this turn out to be another funny toy and PR object, which after a while they will safely forget about? Payback is a delicate matter, it can be calculated in different ways depending on the desired result.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

It seems that this time everything is going well (don't jinx it!) And the robots-simcomats moved forward to conquer the Moscow metro: five Tele2 devices and, a week later, also five (so that no one would be offended?) similar MTS simcomats on others stations. A dozen robots for the entire Moscow metro is a drop in the ocean, but a start has been made. You see, it will gradually take root and buying a SIM card in the subway will become commonplace. At least for visitors who certainly get into the subway before they get to the communication salon.

Quotes from the Tele2 press release, original here:

". A device with a biometric face recognition system allows you to fully automate the issuance of SIM cards and ensure reliable connections. Tele2 has installed branded SIM-card vending machines at five traffic stations of the Moscow Metro: Arbatskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kurskaya, Paveletskaya and Pushkinskaya. Thus, the company increased the total number of terminals to seven: the first SIM-card vending machine appeared on the eve of the main football event of the year at Vnukovo airport, and the second - in Domodedovo in August. SIM-terminals installed in the summer connect twice as many subscribers as a salon or a module located at a railway station or airport. At the same time, the opening of one such point of sale allows Tele2 to save more than 1 million rubles compared to a conventional communication store. During its operation, SIM-card vending machines served users from 95 countries. In addition to Russian and English, now Tele2 SIM-terminals "speak" Chinese. This is due to the large flow of visitors from China: in January-June 2018, 155,000 Chinese visited Moscow, which is 20% more than last year.”

Just the other day, in a review, I was joking about a “native Russian” messenger with Chinese characters in the interface. Good thing: we all respect attention to our language very much. I remember that in France, my communication with people was much more constructive in my rather crooked French than in English, despite the excellent command of English by my interlocutors. It's good that the documents always have an English version of the pages and the simcomats will not have to read/recognize/translate hieroglyphs.

“Tele2 is constantly expanding the functionality of the SIM-card vending machine: in the near future, subscribers will be able to replenish the balance through the terminal, and later, using the device, it will be possible to choose a tariff and a beautiful number, switch to Tele2 via MNP. The machine will also issue SIMs ordered online, recover lost cards, or provide billing details electronically.”

In June 2018, this entire set was already promised “in the near future”, but 5 months is not the time for such a serious upgrade of equipment. Maybe it's for the best? Even at that time, I was skeptical about the prospects of turning the simcomat almost into an automated service office. Surely there will be so many problems and errors that the robot will have to be equipped with a live consultant behind the counter. And the next logical step would be to save on a device that has become unnecessary.

Quotes from the MTS press release, the original is here:

". MTS installed devices for issuing SIM cards with automatic identification at five stations of the Moscow Metro. The terminals operate at the Park Kultury and Belorusskaya stations of the Koltsevaya line, Aleksandrovsky Sad of the Filevskaya line, Kievskaya of the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya and Kitai-gorod stations of the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line.

To get a SIM card, you need to scan your passport and allow the terminal to take a portrait photo. The device will automatically determine the authenticity of the document, compare the photo in the passport and the photo taken on the spot, recognize and fill in subscriber data and issue a SIM card. The SIM card is ready for use immediately after issuance. Thanks to intuitive mechanics, passengers of any age will be able to use the terminals.

Simkomats came to the subway

The Tele2 simcomat does not ask for permission to take a photo, although this can be guessed at its request to remove glasses and a hat. The phrase about “passengers of any age” provoked a question that also applies to Tele2 simkomats: what about young people at the already not quite tender age of 14-18? The guys already have passports and it is possible for them to draw up a contract / number in their own name. But only with the consent of one of the parents. Will the simcomat take this subtlety into account by comparing the current date with the year of birth indicated in the passport?

“By the end of the year, MTS plans to install 20 SIM-card sales devices with automatic identification in Moscow and the Moscow Region. The terminals will be installed at railway stations, airports and shopping and entertainment centers.

In the long term, it would be nice to install universal simcomats that would allow you to choose an operator for connection as a first step, it is hardly technically difficult to implement this. But the savings on the price of equipment and the cost of renting a site for its placement would be impressive. At the same time, they would collect statistics on the preferences of future subscribers, under equal conditions and the complete absence of the human factor, such statistics would be interesting and informative.< /p>

How it works

Tele2 had time a little earlier than colleagues from MTS with their simcomats, it was fair to try out their version. Yes, and the Pushkinskaya metro station is much more convenient for me geographically. And it was necessary to test it, press releases sometimes suffer from excessive laudation. As the village groom said in an ancient joke about his bride, “friends are people with a concept and will not lie, but you have to feel it yourself!”.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

Large, easy to use touch screen with good response, on the main page - a full selection of package rates with their brief characteristics. And the promise to connect in 5 minutes. They joked about the choice of tariffs (more on that below), but they obviously got excited with five minutes. Theoretically, if everything works perfectly and the future subscriber doesn’t get stupid at all, then you can do it in 5 minutes. May be. Really - 10-12 minutes, this is the time you need to navigate if there are others who want to connect in front of you. In my case, there were no others who wanted to, and the simcomat and I were able to slowly enjoy the process.

First of all, they asked for consent to the processing of personal data. Well done, don't forget. By the way, if you are suddenly intrigued by the name of the device "PAK", then this is just an abbreviation of the words "software and hardware complex".

Simkomats came to the subway

The procedure for choosing a tariff is well known to those who go to the polls in Russia: there are no options, but all the advantages of a single candidate are described in detail.

Simkomats came to the subway

After you have made a "choice" of the tariff, the most interesting comes - scanning, comparing the face with the photo in the passport, stamp recognition, auto-filling forms and other high-tech celebrations. In my case, the experiment with comparing a live muzzle with a photo in the passport was uninteresting, the photos are only about two years old. How it all fits together with a photo of 15 years ago is unknown to science, but let's hope for the best.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

I agree, I don't like my face myself. But not to the extent that it causes "deserialization" in the device. Whatever that word means. However, on the second attempt, everything worked out and did without “deserialization”.

Simkomats came to the subway

Again, only on the second attempt, the reason is completely incomprehensible. Already the number of the passport is three times larger than the rest of the text. By the way, each time before scanning, I carefully unfolded the scanned spread in the other direction, trying to achieve its maximum approximation to the “flat” shape.

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

Where the scanner could see the second stamp is a mystery. He stopped seeing double, as far as I remember, only from the third time. But still, the double stopped, victory! Then everything was simple and without excesses: I signed with my finger, pressed “OK” with the same finger, confirming my consent to use this signature, admired the result image and rejoiced at my talent for confidently signing with my finger. And this is not khukhr-mukhr for you, the “finger-made” signature, in theory, should be compared with the man-made signature in the passport.

Simkomats came to the subway

And, finally, the subscriber registration form with all the details appeared on the screen. After that, the machine issued a SIM card and recommended inserting it into the subscriber device. A small quest was successfully completed, leaving behind a number of questions:

  • Believe me, I really tried to straighten the pages of the passport before scanning. You see, the efforts were not enough. Obviously, the scanner is extremely capricious even to slight bends in the document. How so? Just don't tell me that this is hot news for developers and they didn't even know about it before.
  • It is also obvious that the simcomat (and hence the operator) is absolutely up to the rubbish light bulb in the field "Who issued the passport." Otherwise, the simcomat should not have easily missed at least uncertainly recognized characters. And if “to the point”, then why does everyone and everywhere require us to enter this sacred information in the field “By whom and when the passport was issued”, huh?
  • If this data is still not quite "to the point", then where is the intelligence of the recognition system? At least a sample

Otherwise, "everything is fine, beautiful marquise!", the system is functioning. Minor roughness can be easily and inexpensively corrected right on the spot, Russian style. For example, without bothering with smart software, hang a small brick next to it on a chain with an inscription in three languages ​​“put on a document when scanning”. The chain at the same time will work as an anti-theft device from those who like to drag everything for souvenirs.

About My Tele2 tariff

The choice of the “My Tele2” tariff for a simcomat as the “one and only” does not cause any complaints. For 7 rub. per day unlimited voice within Tele2, Internet anlim on social networks and instant messengers, 5 GB per month of other traffic. Plus they give 50 rubles. to the balance when connecting, so that the received SIM card immediately starts working and still works for at least some time, this is important for the card issued through the SIM card.

Simkomats came to the subway

Attraction of unheard-of generosity? If you look, then there were simply no alternatives. They decided not to take money from subscribers for connection at all, and the issued card was supposed to start working immediately. And what are the options? Connect "My conversation"? So it will have to give the entire monthly package of services at a price of 200 rubles, including 200 minutes to other networks and 50 SMS to Russia, plus something else should be given on top to the balance “for beauty”. Other options would be even more costly for the operator.

Proposed "My Tele2" in this version of "Promo" turned out to be unexpectedly interesting for tourists. A group arrives, sort out free SIM cards and hang out in Moscow for a week, calling each other for free as needed and furiously posting their pictures on all sorts of instagrams, what's wrong? However, our lovers of free will also probably fuss, and once a week to grab another SIM card on the way is not a big waste of time. Unless, of course, Tele2 did not provide any fuses in this "Promo" specifically for such cases. If not provided, then such a scheme for distributing sim cards is unlikely to last for a long time.

I should still get to the MTS simcomat now. It became very interesting to see how it all works and works for them. Or will someone share their impressions in the comments?

Simkomats have arrived in the subway

So far only in Moscow, but this is no longer one or two "demonstration" units at the airport, the process has begun. Connecting to a soulless box is still unusual and not everything works perfectly, but it works. And, as they say, this smart piece of iron is also quite cost-effective. What can you do, "robots attack!". We just have to put up with the inevitable and try to enjoy the process

How, why and with what they eat simkomat

As far as I remember, in Moscow he was the first to automate the sale of MegaFon SIM cards. Many years ago and, it seems, also in the subway. In devices that are primitive by today's standards, which could only take money and, in exchange for it, issue a box with a SIM card and a description of the tariff. Naturally, no signing of the Treaty and, moreover, identification of the person, it was possible to show a passport, if desired, except perhaps to a policeman who happened nearby. The tariff provided for certain restrictions, and the requirements for mandatory registration were not particularly tense. I remember when MegaFon began to demand that working numbers be registered within two weeks (otherwise a block), it was perceived almost as an attack on the foundations of Russian democracy.

The almost full-fledged simcomats that appeared relatively recently had one important drawback: the device scanned and checked the passport, however, it could issue a simcard only if there was a previously registered contract in the operator's network. That is, the second or third SIM card with other numbers - please, but for the first time, if you please, conclude a contract in the usual, traditional way in the cabin. Despite the seeming total coverage of the entire population by each operator, in reality this is not so, plus visitors, plus foreigners, and so on. An inconvenient limitation. In this sense, new models of simcomats with the function of identifying a person from a photograph in a passport are much more practical and, one might say, are already relatively close to ideal.Tele2 installed its first such simcomat at Moscow's Vnukovo airport in the summer of 2018, and the second one at Domodedovo airport at the end of the summer of the same year. You can read about it in our review here. Despite all the statements about the profitability of the project, a doubt was stirring in the depths of the body: would all this turn out to be another funny toy and PR object, which after a while they will safely forget about? Payback is a delicate matter, it can be calculated in different ways depending on the desired result.

It seems that this time everything is going well (don't jinx it!) And the robots-simcomats moved forward to conquer the Moscow metro: five Tele2 devices and, a week later, also five (so that no one would be offended?) similar MTS simcomats on others stations. A dozen robots for the entire Moscow metro is a drop in the ocean, but a start has been made. You see, it will gradually take root and buying a SIM card in the subway will become commonplace. At least for visitors who certainly get into the subway before they get to the communication salon.

Quotes from the Tele2 press release, original here:

". A device with a biometric face recognition system allows you to fully automate the issuance of SIM cards and ensure reliable connections. Tele2 has installed branded SIM-card vending machines at five traffic stations of the Moscow Metro: Arbatskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kurskaya, Paveletskaya and Pushkinskaya. Thus, the company increased the total number of terminals to seven: the first SIM-card vending machine appeared on the eve of the main football event of the year at Vnukovo airport, and the second - in Domodedovo in August. SIM-terminals installed in the summer connect twice as many subscribers as a salon or a module located at a railway station or airport. At the same time, the opening of one such point of sale allows Tele2 to save more than 1 million rubles compared to a conventional communication store. During its operation, SIM-card vending machines served users from 95 countries. In addition to Russian and English, now Tele2 SIM-terminals "speak" Chinese. This is due to the large flow of visitors from China: in January-June 2018, 155,000 Chinese visited Moscow, which is 20% more than last year.”

Just the other day, in a review, I was joking about a "native Russian" messenger with Chinese characters in the interface. Good thing: we all respect attention to our language very much. I remember that in France, my communication with people was much more constructive in my rather crooked French than in English, despite the excellent command of English by my interlocutors. It's good that the documents always have an English version of the pages and the simcomats will not have to read/recognize/translate hieroglyphs.

“Tele2 is constantly expanding the functionality of the SIM-card vending machine: in the near future, subscribers will be able to replenish the balance through the terminal, and later, using the device, it will be possible to choose a tariff and a beautiful number, switch to Tele2 via MNP. The machine will also issue SIMs ordered online, recover lost cards, or provide billing details electronically.”

In June 2018, this entire set was already promised “in the near future”, but 5 months is not the time for such a serious upgrade of equipment. Maybe it's for the best? Even at that time, I was skeptical about the prospects of turning the simcomat almost into an automated service office. Surely there will be so many problems and errors that the robot will have to be equipped with a live consultant behind the counter. And the next logical step would be to save on a device that has become unnecessary.

Quotes from the MTS press release, the original is here:

". MTS installed devices for issuing SIM cards with automatic identification at five stations of the Moscow Metro. The terminals operate at the Park Kultury and Belorusskaya stations of the Koltsevaya line, Aleksandrovsky Sad of the Filevskaya line, Kievskaya of the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya and Kitai-gorod stations of the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya line.

To get a SIM card, you need to scan your passport and allow the terminal to take a portrait photo. The device will automatically determine the authenticity of the document, compare the photo in the passport and the photo taken on the spot, recognize and fill in subscriber data and issue a SIM card. The SIM card is ready for use immediately after issuance. Thanks to intuitive mechanics, passengers of any age will be able to use the terminals.

The Tele2 simcomat does not ask for permission to take a photo, although this can be guessed at its request to remove glasses and a hat. The phrase about “passengers of any age” provoked a question that also applies to Tele2 simkomats: what about young people at the already not quite tender age of 14-18? The guys already have passports and it is possible for them to draw up a contract/number in their own name. But only with the consent of one of the parents. Will the simcomat take this subtlety into account by comparing the current date with the year of birth indicated in the passport?

“By the end of the year, MTS plans to install 20 SIM-card sales devices with automatic identification in Moscow and the Moscow Region. The terminals will be installed at railway stations, airports and shopping and entertainment centers.

In the long term, it would be nice to install universal simcomats that would allow you to choose an operator for connection as a first step, it is hardly technically difficult to implement this. But the savings on the price of equipment and the cost of renting a site for its placement would be impressive. At the same time, they would collect statistics on the preferences of future subscribers, under equal conditions and the complete absence of the human factor, such statistics would be interesting and informative.

In the long term, it would be nice to install universal simcomats that would allow you to choose an operator for connection as a first step, it is hardly technically difficult to implement. But the savings on the price of equipment and the cost of renting a site for its placement would be impressive. At the same time, they would collect statistics on the preferences of future subscribers, with equal conditions and the complete absence of the human factor, such statistics would be interesting and informative.

How it works

Tele2 had time a little earlier than colleagues from MTS with their simcomats, it was fair to try out their version. Yes, and the Pushkinskaya metro station is much more convenient for me geographically. And it was necessary to test it, press releases sometimes suffer from excessive laudation. As the village groom said in an ancient joke about his bride, “friends are people with a concept and will not lie, but you have to feel it yourself!”.

Large, easy to use touch screen with good response, on the main page - a full selection of package rates with their brief characteristics. And the promise to connect in 5 minutes. They joked about the choice of tariffs (more on that below), but they obviously got excited with five minutes. Theoretically, if everything works perfectly and the future subscriber doesn’t get stupid at all, then you can do it in 5 minutes. May be. Really - 10-12 minutes, this is the time you need to navigate if there are others who want to connect in front of you. In my case, there were no others who wanted to, and the simcomat and I were able to slowly enjoy the process.

First of all, they asked for consent to the processing of personal data. Well done, don't forget. By the way, if you are suddenly intrigued by the name of the device "PAK", then this is just an abbreviation of the words "software and hardware complex".

The procedure for choosing a tariff is well known to those who go to the polls in Russia: there are no options, but all the advantages of a single candidate are described in detail.

After you have made a "choice" of the tariff, the most interesting thing comes - scanning, comparing the face with the photo in the passport, stamp recognition, auto-filling forms and other celebrations of high technologies. In my case, the experiment with comparing a live muzzle with a photo in the passport was uninteresting, the photos are only about two years old. How it all compares with a photo of 15 years ago is unknown to science, but let's hope for the best.

I agree, I don't like my face myself. But not to the extent that it causes "deserialization" in the device. Whatever that word means. However, on the second attempt, everything worked out and did without “deserialization”.

Again, only on the second attempt, the reason is completely incomprehensible. Already the number of the passport is three times larger than the rest of the text. By the way, each time before scanning, I carefully unfolded the scanned spread in the other direction, trying to achieve its maximum approximation to the “flat” shape.

Where the scanner could see the second stamp is a mystery. He stopped seeing double, as far as I remember, only from the third time. But still, the double stopped, victory! Then everything was simple and without excesses: I signed with my finger, pressed “OK” with the same finger, confirming my consent to use this signature, admired the result image and rejoiced at my talent for confidently signing with my finger. And this is not khukhr-mukhr for you, the “finger-made” signature, in theory, should be compared with the man-made signature in the passport.

And, finally, the subscriber registration form with all the details appeared on the screen. After that, the machine issued a SIM card and recommended inserting it into the subscriber device. A small quest was successfully completed, leaving behind a number of questions:

  • Believe me, I really tried to straighten the pages of the passport before scanning. You see, the efforts were not enough. Obviously, the scanner is extremely capricious even to slight bends in the document. How so? Just don't tell me that this is hot news for developers and they didn't even know about it before.
  • It is also obvious that the simcomat (and hence the operator) is absolutely up to the rubbish light bulb in the field "Who issued the passport." Otherwise, the simcomat should not have easily missed at least uncertainly recognized characters. And if “to the point”, then why does everyone and everywhere require us to enter this sacred information in the field “By whom and when the passport was issued”, huh?
  • If this data is still not quite "to the point", then where is the intelligence of the recognition system? At least a sample

Otherwise, "everything is fine, beautiful marquise!", the system is functioning. Minor roughness can be easily and inexpensively corrected right on the spot, Russian style. For example, without bothering with smart software, hang a small brick next to it on a chain with an inscription in three languages ​​“put on a document when scanning”. The chain at the same time will work as an anti-theft device from those who like to drag everything in a row for souvenirs.

About My Tele2 tariff

The choice of the “My Tele2” tariff for the simcomat as the “one and only” does not cause any complaints. For 7 rub. per day unlimited voice within Tele2, Internet anlim on social networks and instant messengers, 5 GB per month of other traffic. Plus they give 50 rubles. to the balance when connecting, so that the received SIM card immediately starts working and still works for at least some time, this is important for the card issued through the SIM card.

Attraction of unheard-of generosity? If you look, there were simply no alternatives. They decided not to take money from subscribers for connection at all, and the issued card was supposed to start working immediately. And what are the options? Connect "My conversation"? So it will have to give the entire monthly package of services at a price of 200 rubles, including 200 minutes to other networks and 50 SMS to Russia, plus something else should be given on top to the “beauty” balance. Other options would be even more costly for the operator.

Proposed "My Tele2" in this version of "Promo" turned out to be unexpectedly interesting for tourists. A group arrives, sort out free SIM cards and hang out in Moscow for a week, calling each other for free as needed and furiously posting their pictures on all sorts of instagrams, what's wrong? However, our lovers of free will also probably fuss, and once a week to grab another SIM card on the way is not a big waste of time. Unless, of course, Tele2 did not provide any fuses in this "Promo" specifically for such cases. If not provided, then such a scheme for distributing sim cards is unlikely to last for a long time.

I should still get to the MTS simcomat now. It became very interesting to see how it all works and works for them. Or will someone share their impressions in the comments?