Based on the test results, the university will enhance the system and sell it to restaurants and retailers
The Kindai University in Japan is testing a facial recognition system that recognizes people wearing masks, according to The Japan News.
This comes as learners sign up for university programs amid the coronavirus vaccinations. The service is set to be introduced in October after verification of the results. The Kindai University and Glory Ltd are already undertaking tests at four cafes and cafeterias in the Osaka Prefecture at the Higashi-Osaka campus.
Built by the Hyogo Prefecture-based Glory, the system uses artificial intelligence to analyze the facial features of users like those around the eyes. When consumers register their credit card data, security codes, and facial images in advance, they can remit payments by facing a tablet.
This is a convenient way for customers to pay since it eliminates the need for a smartphone or wallet-based payments.
The university began testing the service in April. Customers were initially required to remove the masks to use the service. However, the feature was enhanced in June, allowing the service to recognize even those wearing masks.
NEC Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are also in the process of developing facial recognition systems with enhanced features to identify people with masks.
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