Fujitsu has announced an exclusive partnership with check-out free innovator Zippin to bring the AI technology to the Japanese retail sector next year.
Zippin will team up with Fujitsu to sell check-out free technology in Japan, with expansion into other countries possible in the future.
Using a combination of self sensors, cameras, computer vision and artificial intelligence, Zippin’s technology creates a cashierless checkout experience in physical stores, where customers are charged automatically when they exit a participating retailer.
The Zippin and Fujitsu partnership comes following a pilot program the two completed with the Lawson convenience store chain in Japan earlier this year.
That implementation used a palm reader for user authentication, and Fujitsu said that it may add its own multi-biometric authentication layer to the final product the pair offer out to market.
Fujitsu will start rolling out Zippin’s technology in March of 2021.
“We are committed to providing new value to retail industry and are thrilled to have Zippin’s advanced technology and expertise powering our solution,” Fujitsu corporate executive officer Hirohisa Yamaguchi said.
“We will continue to proactively partner with best-in-class startup companies in order to accelerate digital transformation for not only Japan but for global retail industry,” Zippin co-founder and chief executive Krishna Motukuri said.
“We chose Fujitsu as our reseller partner because they are a highly trusted general ICT vendor and we are confident that Fujitsu will drive the market forward in Japan,” Motukuri added.