Supermarket trials cameras that can estimate each alcohol buyer’s age

Date:4 February 2022 Author: Micayla Vellai Tags:, , ,

We often see young people sneaking into bottle stores on TV, and most times they pull it off successfully. But new technology might just change the way writers now draft the ideas for their films.

British supermarket chain, Asda has announced it will be the first supermarket to trial an automated age verification solution at self-checkouts which aims to make it easier and quicker for customers using this facility.

Customers in some stores can use privacy preserving age estimation technology when purchasing alcohol, which works via a camera in the self-checkout screen to accurately estimate a customer’s age.

According to a statement, the initiative is part of a Home Office test to allow the trial of technologies that can assist in the requirement for age verification in the retail sale of alcohol.

“Shoppers purchasing alcohol can simply look at a camera to verify their age before completing their purchase. If the system detects a customer looks younger than 25, they can prove their age through the Yoti and Post Office EasyID apps,” the statement adds.

Those who do not wish to use the digital system at the self-checkouts have the option to show their ID to staff who will assist.

The trial will will run until the end of May and the technology will only be used for the purchase of alcohol products during the trial. It is in partnership with checkout technology leaders NCR and digital identity network, Yoti, which allows people to pass an age threshold in seconds without the need for an ID document or human intervention.

Picture: Asda

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