Seven-Eleven Store with Unmanned Payment System Opens in Trial

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese convenience store operator Seven-Eleven Japan Co. opened an experimental outlet with an unattended payment system and utilizing facial recognition technology in Tokyo on Monday.

The facial recognition system was developed by Japanese technology giant NEC Corp. <6701>. At the outlet, Seven-Eleven Japan will test cashless payment services, which are also intended to reduce shop clerks' burdens.

Seven-Eleven Japan plans to open such outlets in locations where customers can be identified, such as office buildings and factories, after resolving challenges involved.

The trial shop, located in a building that hosts NEC group companies, can be used only by their employees. The NEC-developed system checks customers' faces against pre-registered facial images of employees using cameras when they enter the outlet and make payments.

After shoppers scan barcodes on products at the self-checkout area, the purchase amounts are automatically deducted from their salaries.

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