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Facial recognition, scanning a loyalty card and using a touchscreen: The steps Sainsbury’s shoppers could face to buy bottles of alcohol as the store trials new AI security cabinets

Sainsbury’s is trialling new AI security cabinets to help prevent shoplifting in alcohol aisles.

The new technology, Freedom Case, is produced by Indyme and is a locked self-service cabinet.

It is the latest bid to tackle an epidemic of shoplifting and thefts that have plagued supermarkets throughout the UK.

So far it has only been put in place in a small number of stores including one in St Albans but if it proves successful it could be rolled out further.

The case holds high-price spirits and customers are required to complete a touchscreen process to open the shelf.

Essentially the process in place now is similar to a glorified doorbell, where shoppers touch a screen, which is answered by security and the cabinet opens.

But Indyme says the fully functional unit uses AI and built in sensors to identify potential thefts by tracking activity like how long the door has been opened and if anything inside has been moved.

Sara Chitseko, Programme Manager at privacy campaigners Open Rights Group warned: ‘This trial treats all shoppers as potential criminals, a tactic that may backfire for Sainsbury’s.

‘Once this intrusive technology is in place what is to stop supermarkets from profiling their customers and potentially using their data for financial gain.’

The one on trial at Sainsbury’s currently does not require any customer information, data or a loyalty card.

Read more: Facial recognition, scanning a loyalty card and using a touchscreen: The steps Sainsbury’s shoppers could face to buy bottles of alcohol as the store trials new AI security cabinets

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