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Yoti reveals planned facial age verification for major retailer in first birthday update


Yoti Age Scan will soon provide AI age estimation at self-checkouts for one of the largest retailers in the world, according to a preview of what the company expects from the following year published on Yoti’s blog a year after the company’s official launch. The post includes updates from more than a half-dozen company managers and executives, which review Yoti’s recent announcements, as well as coming developments.

In the first six months of 2019, Yoti plans to streamline the registration process and expand the navigation functionality of its app, as well as add functionality to its back-end to maintain platform flexibility and boost the range of businesses and end customers who can use it. The company will also refresh its web-based products, including Yoti Dashboard and Yoti Sign.

Chief Products Officer Madhu Nori says Yoti will begin accepting U.S. state ID cards before the end of the year, and will also soon begin ramping up its global marketing and public relations efforts as it expands internationally. The company’s Bangalore, India office will be expanding to provide personal data control to Indians with an Aadhaar QR code. As required by Indian regulations, Yoti will also open a security center in Bangalore.

The post also reveals that an offline version of the Yoti Key humanitarian tool is expected to launch in the next few months. Director of Business Growth John Abbot says Yoti will make “big moves” in the finance and cryptocurrency sectors through its partnerships in the coming year, and the company reaffirms its commitment to data protection and privacy.

“Holding true to our principles and with support from the Yoti Guardians in the next six to twelve months, we’ll be putting our all into getting ethics right for R&D, machine learning and AI. As we train our software, we’ll be striving to ensure that our data sets become representative of the population and free from bias,” writes Yoti Director of Regulatory and Policy Julie Dawson.

“We want Yoti to be recognised as a way for people to prove their age when buying age restricted goods, or when practicing their right to work or right to rent. So, the Legal, Data Protection and Regulatory teams are working closely with regulators in our key markets to drive Yoti acceptance.”

Yoti recently announced it is providing curb-to-gate facial authentication for Heathrow Airport’s £50 million “biometric revolution.”

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