ATMs have until recently been issuing money only after entering a PIN. For some time already in use are much more modern machines with a biometric system that recognize the customer after a fingerprint. China still has more advanced technology and started to operate there the world’s first machine that recognizes the customer on the face.
The new type of cash dispenser was developed jointly by engineers from Tsinghua University and technology company Tzekwan. For now, only a demonstration unit is available, presenting the capabilities of the new system. But Tzekwan promises that commercial versions will be coming soon.
The customer arriving at the cash dispenser is observed by a camera placed above the screen that scans his or her face and compares it to the image stored in memory. The system compares the biological characteristics of the user, such as the distance between the eyes, nose and mouth, and determines whether he or she is the legitimate owner of the account. Importantly, glasses and other hairstyles do not affect readability.
However, we do not know how data will be collected, ie facial images, but this may require consent for facial scans when setting up a bank account.