Amazon introduced new technology to make transactions, Amazon One on September 29, 2020, that allows a person to make payments by hovering a palm over the scanner.
This palm recognition technology aims to provide a fast, convenient, and contactless way to make payments by hovering a palm over a scanner in departmental stores, offices, stadiums, etc,. So, we can say this technology will turn your palm into your credit card.
However, this palm-recognition technology will take a bit of time to be available everywhere. As of now, it’ll be available in Amazon Go retail stores in Amazon’s hometown Seattle, Washington D.C. Later on, it’ll available in other Amazon Go retail stores.
How does Amazon One payment technology work?
Amazon One palm-recognition technology works in three simple steps:
- Everyone’s palm is unique, so this technology makes use of tiny, distinct features indiscernible to the human eye or a standard camera such as lines and ridges and vein patterns on and below the surface of the palm.
- Then a process of proprietary imaging and computer vision algorithms capture and encrypt the image of the palm.
- After that, it uses the information embedded in the palm and creates a unique palm signature. This palm signature can be read every time you hover your palm over the scanner.
Moreover, all the credentials are encrypted on Amazon’s cloud server. Not only that, customers are free to delete their Amazon One-related data permanently anytime.
“A quick, reliable, and secure way for people to identify themselves or authorize a transaction while moving seamlessly through their day.” Says Dilip Kumar, Vice President, Amazon.
Many companies were trying to create palm recognition biometrics, but only Amazon has brought it to reality.
Why palm recognition technology over biometrics?
Dilip Kumar, Vice President, Amazon answered this question by saying “One reason was that palm recognition is considered more private than some biometric alternatives because you can’t determine a person’s identity by looking at an image of their palm”
Apart from that, payment will be made only if the person hovers the palm intentionally over the scanner. More information about this service is available on Amazon’s blog.