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Amazon One: Here’s all you need to know about the palm payment system

Amazon has introduced a new form of biometric payment system and this requires you to just wave your hand while entering retail stores

Amazon has introduced a new form of biometric payment system and this requires you to just wave your hand while entering retail stores

After thumbs, now palms can be used as a payment mode. Amazon recently unveiled a new biometric payment system — Amazon One — to let users pay bills at Amazon Go and retail stores by waving their palm.

Amazon One can also replace badges used at stadium and workplace entries. This will you’re your palm into an all-encompassing ID system for all cards and identification.

Amazon One: How does it work?

The technology, which uses an image scanning hardware and a computer vision algorithm, will first capture and encode a palm image. Then, using details like lines, ridges and vein patterns, it’ll create a “unique palm signature”.

The contactless Amazon One device will have a scanner, where one will have to first insert their credit cards and then glide their palm over so it associates your palm signature with the payment mode. Once this is done, you can make the payment by just hovering over the device and one doesn’t need to have an Amazon account for this.

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Credit: Independent Press

When it comes to security, the users are allowed to delete their biometric details from the cloud using the company’s online portal. The data, however, will be encrypted and stored under multiple security controls in the custom-built cloud.

This system will first be installed at two Amazon Go stores in Seattle and then it will be made available to other retail stores, stadiums and workplaces.

Amazon One: What’s the plan?

The company plans to make Amazon One an alternative payment or loyalty card option in the retail environment. This option will come with the device installed at the checkout counter next to the already existing point of sale system. In the future, usage of Amazon One will not only restrict to palm-based payments but will extend beyond that, claims the firm.

Sampurna Maity
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