Face Recognition technology is hot recently. Korean convenience store chain GS25 has opened a location using facial recognition instead of cashiers to process purchases, Korea JoongAng Daily reports.
The automated store is located inside the Gangseo District headquarters of LG CNS, which provides electronic systems to GS25. The store is only open to LG CNS staff, and a representative of GS25 said that the Smart GS25 implementations it is planning do not include autonomous stores open to the public. The spokesperson said that the company plans to introduce and test the smart retail technology at 13 locations by the end of this year, as part of its effort to reduce labor costs for franchisees.
"The Smart GS25 is not just an unmanned convenience store packed with tech gadgets," said Lee Hyun-gyu, a manager of the new retail shop. "Its main function is to prove technologies that will enhance the convenience of Korean retail store operation and relieve franchisees of the burden of labor costs. We expect some of the technologies tested here will be shown at our franchises by next year.”
The Korean GS25 smart retail system includes eight new technologies, according to the report, including facial recognition for customers entering the retail store and paying, and image recognition to identify the items they select.
While convenience store chains CU, 7-Eleven, and Emart24 have all at least begun testing automation technologies, some of the new features are a first in Korea, the Daily says. GS25 says using image recognition and item weight to identify items for purchase allows it to recognize about 5 items in a second, while a bar-code system would take closer to 15 seconds to scan items one at a time. Stock is monitored by infrared cameras and sensors, while a CCTV system monitors customer movements to help retailers arrange the layout of products.
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