Amazon is extending its palm-scanning payment system to a Whole Foods store in Seattle, the organization reported Wednesday, the first of many planned rollouts at other locations.
Amazon One, which debuted in September and is as of now being used at around dozen Amazon actual stores, permits shoppers to pay for items by placing their palm over an scanning device. The first time shoppers utilize the kiosk, they need to insert a credit card to link it with their palm print. However, from that point forward, shoppers can pay essentially by holding their hand over the kiosk.
Amazon One is distinct from the organization’s Just Walk Out technology, which permits shoppers to pick up items and walk out of the store without going through a checkout line. Anyway the two technologies can work together, and Amazon employs them both at its cashierless Amazon Go stores.
Amazon will at first carry out Amazon One at the Whole Foods in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, not a long way from the organization’s headquarters, before launching the system at seven Seattle-area Whole Foods in coming months.
The palm-scanning technology will be offered as only one of numerous payment options at taking an participating Whole Foods stores, Amazon said, and will not effect store workers’ job responsibilities.
Amazon gained the grocery chain in 2017 for more than $13 billion.
Amazon has said it desires to sell the palm-scanning technology to different organizations like retailers, stadiums and office buildings. Last September, Amazon said it was in “active discussions with several potential customers.”
It’s unclear whether Amazon hosts consented to any arrangements with third gatherings keen on utilizing the system. The organization says a huge number of individuals have joined to utilize it at Amazon stores.
As Amazon has tried to grow and validate palm-scanning technology as a type of payment, privacy and security experts have additionally raised concerns around the dangers of shoppers’ handing over biometric data to companies.
Amazon has kept up that it designed the system to be “highly secure” and that it considers palm-scanning technology to be more private than other biometric options like facial recognition.