Chinese digital payment service Alipay, which is powered by eCommerce giant Alibaba, has revealed a facial recognition login option for its customers. The company has stated that the technology has achieved a success rate of over 90 percent during the experimental beta phase, although it now only works with iOS and some Android smartphones. Users can enable logins by scanning their faces with a smartphones in well-lit room.
A team in Alibaba’s subsidiary firm and finance affiliate Ant Financial is developing the face recognition technology for use with the Alipay online payment service and Alipay Wallet as well. Chen Jidong, a senior data expert responsible for the team, told the Beijing Daily it is a trend to replace traditional identification measures with biometric technology.