Payments with face biometrics for vending machines and transit, iris recognition at shops unveiled

Payments with face biometrics for vending machines and transit, iris recognition at shops unveiled

NEC’s Bio-IDiom facial recognition technology has been integrated by Japanese vending machine operator DyDo, known for automated retail devices that thank customers, deliver motivational messages or offer free umbrellas for them to borrow, reports Sora News 24.

Customers will have to register an account and enroll their facial biometrics, as well as chose a four-digit code which acts a second factor to prevent spoofing. Once registered, customers can perform facial authentication with a terminal mounted next to the product display area to pay without the use of a card or other device.

The vending machines are now operational at some DyDo and NEC offices and factories, under a three-month trial.

Polish company PayEye meanwhile has developed a terminal for card-free payment with iris recognition biometrics, according to an ESKA.pl article translated by Google.

Customers can register at the company’s website and enroll their irises at retail points-of-sale with PayEye’s terminals.

There are currently 20 retailers in the Wroclaw area piloting EyePay’s system, but the company expects to extend the pilot to as many as 60 locations by the end of the summer. EyePay’s partner network already includes service outlets, grocery and clothing stores, and restaurants.

The subway and bus system in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province in China, is now offering facial recognition for payment authorization on a trial basis, Xinhua reports.

The service is delivered through a mobile application, with ID verification and biometric enrollment through self-registration terminals.

In mobile payments, the Cash App developed by Square has also integrated support for Android’s BiometricPrompt API to support authentication with onboard fingerprint or facial recognition systems, 9to5Google reports.

For users of Google’s Pixel 4, which features facial recognition as an unlocking mechanism, payments with facial biometrics are available now.

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