FamilyMart, Panasonic Open Face Recognition Payment Store

Economy Science Technology

Yokohama, April 2 (Jiji Press)--FamilyMart Co. and Panasonic Corp. <6752> on Tuesday opened a trial next-generation convenience store in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, to test unmanned payment services utilizing a facial recognition system.

The store has various other labor-saving technologies, including a system to notify sales staff of products that are out of stock through electronic devices.

FamilyMart President Takashi Sawada said that of the technologies, those that can be practically used will be introduced at other stores as soon as possible.

The trial outlet is located near a Panasonic plant and run by the Japanese electronics company under a franchise contract with FamilyMart, a unit of FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co. <8028>.

The store has many cameras and censors installed in its ceiling to monitor customers and products. Its unmanned payment system is available for Panasonic workers who register facial data and credit card information in advance.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press