Biometrics and AI to power “unmanned retail” experiment at Singapore university campuses


Biometric authentication and tracking solutions working in conjunction with artificial intelligence will be used to trial an unmanned store concept at Singapore university campuses, a recent news report has been able to suggest.

Biometric devices such as palm scanners will allow shoppers to enter the kiosk, RFID will keep track of items purchased and AI will monitor movement inside the kiosk. These features as well as smart cameras and smart shelves will be used in data analysis to improve shoppers’ journey and experience.

The retail industry in the area is struggling with a lack of employees and severe competition from online retailers, but also suffers from “downside risks and the many uncertainties around the world,” explained Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing.

Unmanned stores are not exactly a new concept, but they’re becoming increasingly popular, especially with the addition of new smart technologies. Local brands Octobox, OMO Store and Pick & Go are already using university campuses as testing ground for pilot automated stores. Among them is a 24/7 store opened in August at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) University Town, a second is to open in September at NUS’s School of Computing and a third in October at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.


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