In a groundbreaking move, Amazon is expanding its innovative palm-scanning technology, initially designed for grocery stores, to revolutionize security measures in the corporate world. The newly unveiled service, Amazon One Enterprise, repurposes the company’s palm-based payment system into a cutting-edge authentication tool. This advancement allows corporate employees to effortlessly swipe their hand for entry into offices or access to sensitive information such as financial data and human resources records.
Several prominent companies, including IHG Hotels & Resorts, Boon Edam (a turnstile manufacturer), and Kone (an escalator and elevator provider), have already embraced this biometric technology. The service, which entered its preview phase in the U.S. on Monday, aims to provide a more cost-effective and secure solution for enterprises compared to traditional security methods such as fobs, badges, or passwords.
Dilip Kumar, Vice President overseeing Amazon Web Services Applications, highlighted the advantages of Amazon One Enterprise, stating, “Businesses appreciate the privacy and convenience for their users, who can access physical locations and software assets with just a hover of their palm.”
Amazon’s biometric payment system was originally introduced in 2020, conceived as a means for shoppers to make purchases by simply swiping their hand. The technology has since been deployed in various locations, including Whole Foods, Go convenience stores, Fresh supermarkets, sports and entertainment venues, Panera Bread restaurants, and select Starbucks locations.
Despite facing criticism from advocacy groups regarding privacy and security concerns, Amazon defends its palm recognition technology, asserting that it offers greater privacy than other biometric systems. According to the company, “you can’t determine a person’s identity by looking at an image of their palm,” and it does not capture purchase data from scans collected by non-Amazon stores.
This move into the corporate sphere aligns with Amazon’s strategy of adapting its successful technologies for various applications. Recently, the company introduced “Astro for Business,” a business-oriented version of its household robot, positioning it as a versatile security guard for commercial establishments. As Amazon continues to innovate and redefine the boundaries of technology, the introduction of Amazon One Enterprise marks a significant step towards a more secure and seamless future for workplace access and authentication.