With the booming development of 5G and artificial intelligence, technologies such as facial recognition are becoming a vital part of people's daily life. It provides convinient and secure way to access sensitive information without needing to remember lengthy passwords and piled up membership cards.
In 2018, Alipay partnered with Orbbec to start rolling out facial recognition and payment verification station to major resturants and stores, which indicated the start of comercial use of this revolutionary technology.
Introduction of Alipay:
Alipay is a mobile and online payment platform, estabilished in Hangzhou, China in 2004 by Alibaba Group. It is one of the largest payment platforms in China, with 1,000,000,000 active users. (Alipay)
Features of Alipay Payment Station:
Comparing to traditional cashiers that require very expensive cash registers and payment terminals for payment and membership cards, Alipay’s payment station provides a fast and contactless way of processing the order. Instead of waiting in line for check out, customers can simply walk towards the station to have all the necessary information automaticaly applied to the order and process the payment within just a few seconds. This new way improves the efficiency by over 50%. It also reduced the need for more cashiers at each station. In the past, each cash register must have one cashier to process the order. With Alipay payment station, one cashier can easily manage two or more station for self-checkout. It helps save the cost on both equipment and labor.
In payment industry, security is the most important thing to consider prior to deploying. Before Orbbec’s 3D camera technology, facial recogniton was 2D and always blamed as insesure and slow. To overcome that, Orbbec and Alipay worked deeply together to bring 3D camera technology to market with liveness detection, which used to identify if there is real person in front of the camera instead of pictures, masks or other common ways to decive the algorithm. The false acceptance rate at only 1/1,000,000 ensures the safety of user’s personal and sensitive information.
Other Facial Recognition and Payment Verification Applications:
With the success of bringing the 3D facial recognition and payment verificaiton technology to the mass market with Alipay, Orbbec never stops developing and provides more solutoins with partners at major institutes to bring this technology to the world for shaping a safe, secure and convinient way of payment and access control. Below are some major partners and brief introduction of their products.
China Unionpay: Collaborated with Orbbec on establishing the ‘3D Vision Lab’ and bringing 3D facial recognition and payment verificaiton station with 60+ major institutes, including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, Bank of China.
First People's Hospital of Yuhang, Hangzhou: Orbbec helps bringing facial recognition technology to help patients with fast and contactless registration and check out.
Jinan Rail Transit Line 1: The first ever rail transit line in China to bring 3D facial recognition as an identity and tickets verification.