Facial recognition to replace age checks at tills
SUPERMARKETS are to trial facial recognition software to replace age checks under a pilot run by a British identity app.
The technology will be used when customers are buying alcohol and other age-restricted items at self-service tills. The checkouts will confirm the user’s age by using a smartphone app called Yoti, which scans the shopper’s face to confirm their identity. It is hoped the technology can remove a key bottleneck at self-service tills – the requirement that assistants must still check identification when buying agerestricted goods.
Yoti was founded by Robin Tombs and Noel Hayden, who also started online gambling company Gamesys before selling it to Intertain for £426m. They have put £23m of their money into Yoti, which has about 180 staff. The app is set up by taking a photo and scanning a person’s driving licence or passport, at which point the two are tied together. The app is then able to confirm its owner’s identity at any time by them taking a selfie.
Mr Tombs said he was working with NCR, which makes self-service supermarket tills. He said two of the big four supermarkets have received approval to pilot the technology next year, but he could not disclose which ones.
‘Two of the big four supermarkets have received approval to pilot the technology next year’