Automating Human-Less Retail: The Alibaba Group Drives Face Recognition Innovation in APAC

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3Q 2017 | IN-4753


Face Recognition for Delivery Drops


The Alibaba Group is currently assessing face recognition technology as a means to unlock delivery drop boxes for its customers. The endeavor is also supported by Cainiao Network Technology, one of Alibaba Group’s primary logistics affiliates, as well as other biometrically-focused companies from the Ant Financial Group (find further information in the ABI Insight, “EyeVerify Gets Spoof Detection Upgrade and Extends Reach with Alibaba Acquisition”). Ensuring additional protection (not to mention more robust biometric templates), the currently tested pilot system would cross-reference users’ facial characteristics with the last template stored in the governmental registration security databases. The vision for the technology is to have the verification occur using Alibaba’s already existing biometric database of half a billion registered users. Should the plan proceed as expected within the next few years, then the company will be able to boast managemen…

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