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Monday, July 01, 2019

AI Cameras for Theft

Again likely to be adopted commonly, if at least for liability.  We saw it in European future stores a decade ago.

Walmart uses AI camera tech to track checkout theft at 1,000 stores
It might help cut losses, but it raises privacy questions.

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas in Engadget

Walmart's early use of AI at its stores isn't just for the sake of convenience. The retailer has confirmed to Business Insider that it's using camera-based computer vision tech to deter theft and losses at its checkouts (including self-checkouts) in over 1,000 stores. The simply titled Missed Scan Detection program notifies attendants if an item moves past a scanner without an actual scan, giving staff a chance to step in. Most of the incidents are unintentional, such as forgetful shoppers or fatigued cashiers, but Walmart is clearly hoping this will deter thieves hoping to make off with unscanned items.  ... "

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