Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, recently announced an integration of its palm-scanning payment technology that can now verify ages too. Palm-scanning payment technology is not a new concept, but adding age-verification functionality is a significant development. In this blog post, we will explore how Amazon’s palm-scanning payment technology works, the benefits of age-verification features, and what this means for businesses and customers.
Amazon’s palm-scanning payment technology, Amazon One, enables users to pay a bill, enter a building, or access an event with just their palm print. The technology captures your palm print by scanning the surface of the hand and analyzing unique traits, such as veins, wrinkles, and patterns, to create a unique signature. With this technology, there’s no need for cash or credit cards, which means customers can move quickly through the checkout line. Now, Amazon One has been updated with age-verification functionality, enabling retailers and owners of venues to quickly verify their customers’ ages.
The age-verification feature will be especially useful for businesses that sell age-restricted products such as beer, wine, and tobacco, or venues that host age-restricted events such as concerts or live sports. With Amazon One, checking IDs can be done automatically and quickly. Additionally, the technology eliminates the need for physical IDs, which can be easily forgotten or lost, and reduce the possibility of fraud. Amazon’s age-verification feature also maintains the privacy of the customers’ personal information, ensuring that the business or venue owner only receive age confirmation and nothing more.
The technology also has a “touchless” benefit, limiting the need for people to touch a shared device or interface. Amazon’s palm-scanning technology captures the user’s hand from a distance making the experience contactless and hygienic. The touchless attribute of the technology has made it extremely useful during the COVID-19 pandemic and the push for contactless payment processing.
Although Amazon One has received a mixed reaction from the public due to privacy and security concerns, it is hard to deny the potential benefits and convenience it offers. The technology has been under testing for several months, and many Amazon customers have reported that the concept of palm-scanning is more convenient than carrying IDs or cash. The company also stated that the technology is more secure than passwords, credit cards, and touch-based authentication methods.
Lastly, the age-verification feature is yet another step towards the wider adoption of biometric identification, which is becoming more mainstream. Biometric identification has already become a part of our daily lives, such as unlocking our phones with our fingerprints or using facial recognition technology at airports. As technology advances and further adoption occurs, it may not be long before palm-scanning payments and age verification become the norm.
Amazon’s palm-scanning payment technology is a significant development in the payments industry, offering more convenient, touchless, and automatic payment options for both customers and businesses. The age-verification feature is especially helpful to businesses that sell age-restricted products or host age-restricted events, making it an easier and faster process to verify ages. With an increasing focus on contactless payment processing, Amazon One has the potential to gain more widespread adoption. As technology continues to advance and more businesses incorporate biometric identification, palm-scanning, and other advanced technologies, it will be exciting to see what new solutions will emerge to meet the ever-changing landscape.