May 13, 2008
Underage drinkers who attempt to buy alcohol may be thwarted by the technology that police use to identify suspected criminals.
A supermarket chain is introducing face recognition cameras to prevent staff mistakenly selling cigarettes and alcohol to under-18s.
The biometric technology is being piloted by Budgens at one of its London branches.
If successful, it could be rolled out across the country to create a database of youngsters who try to buy alcohol.
The system alerts a cashier if it ‘recognises’ someone who has previously been unable to prove they are 18.
It is believed to be the first time a British retailer has used the technology in this way.
The software takes measurements between key points on the face to make a template of a person’s features that is stored as a “token”.
Customers’ images are monitored and relayed to a control centre to be compared with under-18s already on record.
Future options include other retailers linking the scheme to their shops to create a giant database.
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