Interview identification system provider Innovative Technology has had its system, MyCheckr, tested by similar UK budget retail chains such as Costcutter and Bargain Booze, and the UK government.
According to the MyCheckr website information, its essence is an all-in-one device to assist in anonymous age assessment for the sale of age-restricted goods (without requiring consumers to provide personal information in any way). It does not need to be connected to the Internet, directly by collecting facial information to give local assessment results. If the age assessment object meets the age criteria, it will show green, if it does not meet the age criteria, it will show red.
Public information shows that the legal age standard for buying e-cigarettes in the UK is 18 years old, and the sale of e-cigarettes to minors can be fined 500 pounds. In recent years, due to the rise of disposable electronic cigarettes, the UK is facing the problem of a one-time epidemic among minors.
In early April, the UK officially announced that it would allocate £3 million to set up an enforcement team to focus on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. This can be seen as a key time point for the UK regulator to step up regulation, and the outside world continues to watch what measures the UK will take.
Combined with the biometrics vertical news that vendors have started testing with convenience stores and the UK government, and following a report by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) that identified manual ID checks as a major cause of violent confrontations (involving personal privacy), There is reason to speculate that this scheme to regulate mis-selling through facial recognition technology may eventually be implemented.