ROME (Reuters) - The rise of the smart home has been an unwelcome reality for home owners.From the dawn of home automation, they have had to be vigilant to protect against intrusion.But while smart home devices are being embraced by home buyers, the prices are so steep that they are almost impossible to justify.A new biometric machine that can detect fingerprints, voice commands, voice biometrics ...
POLITICO’s Robert Costa looks at key fobs and biometrics in the retail industry, with a focus on retailers like Macy’s, Target and Wal-Mart.
The fobs are a way for shoppers to buy products, check out the items in their carts, and get the items to their homes safely and securely.
The biometrically scanned tags and fingerprints are then transferred to the customer’s smartphone.
While the devices are still in use at retail outlets, they’re in a different location.
For now, retailers are using the biometric data in the device to log in and out of their stores and to check the identity of shoppers.
But in a year or two, the technology could help retailers identify shoppers based on their purchases, according to experts and industry experts.
Target announced last month it plans to use the technology to check customers for items at all of its stores, including online.
The biometric systems will also help retailers better manage and protect their employees and guests, and ensure that the goods they buy are safe and secure, said Sarah Smith, a senior associate at the Consumer Technology Association.
“The technology is here, and it’s used,” Smith said.
“You don’t need to have a fingerprint scanner at your door.
You can do the fingerprinting in your home, and that’s going to be easier than ever.”
Target announced in April it would start using biometrical technology at its more than 5,000 stores to help track sales and track down stolen goods.
The retailer said the technology was already being used by about half of its 1,200 employees and that it was expanding its use to other stores.
Target said it would use biometrian technology at the following locations in 2020: Target in Manhattan, Queens, Manhattan Beach, Long Island City, Queens and Staten Island; Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Kohl’s in Brooklyn, New York; and Walgreens and Kroger in Denver.
It will use biometric technology for the following stores in 2021: Target, Macy’s and Target in Portland, Maine; Walgies in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Krogies and Home Depot in Springfield, Massachusetts.