EyeLock LLC, vendor of iris-based identity authentication offerings, announced Monday that it has integrated its embedded iris recognition technology into VICKI, ViaTouch Media‘s auto-retail solution that has been designed to change the vending landscape by implementing highly secure transactions and access control.
VICKI will provide consumers with secure authentication process, with EyeLock’s technology embedded directly into the machine. Further, the inclusion of EyeLock’s embedded technology gives consumers and businesses a fast, easy-to-use experience plus the confidence of knowing their transactions will be secure. The total solution is integrated and operable with First Data’s online payment networks.
VICKI is an Internet of Things (IoT), self-checkout solution for retail, powered by artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies. It is a modern replacement for traditional vending experiences and the first retail solution to leverage AI at the point-of-sale. VICKI can recognize and authenticate consumers, learn their preferences and then act on them, serving as a virtual clerk.
The retailing system is equipped with smart shelves that know what and how much is on each, which products consumers look at, what they take/put back and view on display. In addition, VICKI communicates with consumers via directional speakers, so conversations are only between the machine and consumer.
EyeLock’s technology provides an unprecedented level of convenience and security with unmatched biometric accuracy, making it the most effective way to authenticate identity aside from DNA. EyeLock’s proprietary iris authentication technology looks at more than 240 unique iris characteristics and provides a fast, user-friendly authentication experience. This technology is easily embeddable into other technologies and is suitable for use in many market segments.
While biometric modalities such as facial and fingerprint recognition are satisfactory for low to medium security applications, iris provides the highest level of security and convenience. Notable use cases for iris identification include, but are not limited to, enterprise, healthcare, financial services, education, corrections, stadiums, border control, automotive, government, and more.
“We are very pleased to be an integral part of the commercial launch of VICKI, the ground-breaking auto retail solution developed by ViaTouch. With a multitude of innovations included in this machine, the addition of EyeLock iris authentication technology creates an even greater separation between VICKI and current vending solutions. In particular, it provides a level of security significantly greater than fingerprint or facial recognition,” said Jeff Carter, EyeLock’s chief executive officer.
“VICKI uses a combination of computer vision, patented sensors and artificial intelligence, making it the world’s first AI virtual clerk at the point of sale. In ViaTouch’s collaboration with EyeLock and First Data, we are able to provide convenience, value and security second to none,” said Tom Murn, ViaTouch Media’s chief executive officer.
VICKI is available now. Initial deployments will be on ViaTouch machines strategically launched on university campuses, in hotels and hospitals as well as select retail partners.