Waweru Mwangi, director of the Institute of Computer Science and Information Technology at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta University, demonstrated his Basic Intelligent Automated Teller Machine at a national scientific conference in Nairobi. The machine uses facial-recognition technology to enable users to conduct financial transactions instead of ATM or debit cards.
Mwangi says that incorporating facial-recognition technology into ATMs makes banking more secure and friendly. "We realized that many people feel uncomfortable with the card, which in some cases is retained by the machine," he says.
The Intelligent ATM features a camera that captures an image of the customer's face and then sends that picture to a database for verification. Once the image is deemed authentic, the customer is prompted to enter a personal identification number or is asked a personal question.
From Daily Nation (Kenya)
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