Seven Bank ATMs to have facial recognition tech

Japan's Seven-Eleven convenience stores will soon have ATMs equipped with facial recognition technology. Seven Bank has worked with electronics maker NEC to develop the new generation of machines.

Customers will not need to use their bank cards. Once they have registered their facial data, they can simply look at a camera in the machines, then enter their PIN number.

The system can make a verification regardless of the expression on a person's face. And it can identify people even if they are wearing glasses. It also knows how to spot a photograph.

Seven Bank says it is the first bank in Japan to introduce ATMs with this technology.

It will start installing the new ATMs at Seven-Eleven stores later this month. Initially, users will only be able to register their facial data and open an account.

The bank says people can start using the machines to withdraw cash next fiscal year at the earliest.

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