Amazon (which is founded by Jeff Bezos) is making its palm-scanning technology go beyond just grocery stores. Now, they have a version called Amazon One Enterprise that’s meant for businesses.
This new system lets employees at companies use their hand to get into the office or see important stuff like financial data and HR records.
Some companies that are already using this technology include IHG Hotels and Resorts, Boon Edam (they make turnstiles), and Kone (they do elevators and escalators). The cost of this service hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s available for a preview in the U.S. starting this Monday.
Amazon is promoting this service as a more affordable and secure option for businesses compared to usual security tools like key fobs, badges, or passwords.
Dilip Kumar, a vice president in charge of Amazon Web Services Applications, mentioned, “Companies like how it provides privacy and convenience for their users. They can get into places and use software by just hovering their palm, which is pretty handy.”
Amazon’s Biometric Payment System Evolution
In 2020, Amazon introduced its biometric payment system, initially designed for shoppers to pay by swiping their hand. This technology is now used in Whole Foods, some Go convenience stores, and various Fresh supermarkets. Additionally, sports venues, entertainment spots, a few Panera Bread restaurants, and some Starbucks locations have adopted it.
Some groups that support certain causes have criticized this service, expressing concerns about privacy and security. They argue that it increases surveillance. Amazon, on the other hand, defends its palm recognition, saying it’s more private than other biometric systems.
They claim that you can’t figure out a person’s identity just by looking at an image of their palm. Amazon also asserts that it doesn’t collect purchase data from scans done at non-Amazon stores.
In adapting Amazon One for businesses, the company is applying a strategy it has used in other instances. Just this month, Amazon introduced Astro for Business, presenting it as a mobile security guard for companies.
In expanding its hand-scan technology beyond grocery stores to businesses, Amazon’s Amazon One Enterprise offers a secure and cost-effective solution for access control. With early adoption by companies like IHG Hotels and Resorts, Boon Edam, and Kone, Amazon aims to provide convenient and private authentication, emphasizing its commitment to user privacy.