At the start of the 2020 school year, Amazon announced a revolutionary new payment system in its Go stores. Forget contactless payment with your bank card or the transaction via your connected watch and/or smartphone, since we are talking about payment from… the palm of your hand. Indeed, this surprising and innovative means of payment allows “to use the palm of your hand to make daily activities less complicated” according to the American giant.
Contactless payment directly in the palm of your hand
Available then in two Amazon Go stores in Seattle, this payment method was intended to become more popular in the company’s stores in the coming months, but also to be adopted by third-party customers. Today, we learn that this payment solution will be installed in more than 60 Whole Foods in California, shops specializing in the food distribution of organic products.
Customers can set up Amazon One by registering the palm of their hand using a dedicated kiosk at participating stores. To complete your registration, you must obviously provide a payment card and a telephone number, before accepting Amazon’s terms of service.
Once the process is complete, it is possible to pay for purchases at the checkout without having to draw your wallet or any other traditional means of payment. Waving your hand over the terminal finalizes the transaction.
Amazon takes care to specify that the images recorded by the terminal are not stored locally. These are encrypted and sent to a cloud server dedicated to Amazon One, where an identifiable biometric signature is generated, from the user’s palm. In addition, if a user no longer wants to use the service, he can delete his data at any time, from an Amazon One terminal or directly on the Internet.