Popular mobile wallet app, Alipay, has launched an effortless new way to process your payments. It is a “smile-to-pay” system which is now on trial at a KFC location in Hangzhou, China.
Processing payments effortlessly and accurately is an objective of many new age digital payment companies. Ant Financial, a subsidiary of Alibaba, has launched a new way to make your payments and it is a smile-to-pay system, powered by a mix of facial recognition technologies and special security algorithms.
In the video below, detailing how the payment process works, one young woman uses the machine in a variety of different appearances:
The system requires about one to two seconds of facial scanning with a 3D camera and a “live-ness detection algorithm” to check the identity of the person paying, who must also enter their mobile phone number to help guard against fraud.
The current trials at KFC will shed more light on the viability of this new technology.
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