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World’s first facial recognition bar opens in UK to end queue-jumping

The AI Bar organizes customers in a “virtual” queue to manage crowds, putting an end to those trying to stay in line.

In this division we can all agree that people standing in line at the bar are the worst.

Fortunately, that most annoying Friday evening is inevitably a thing of the past with the help of new facial recognition technology that ensures that drinks in busy pubs become faster and fairer.

The so-called AI Bar, developed by the British data science company DataSparQ, organizes customers in a “virtual” queue to manage crowds, which will put an end to those trying to stay in line.

World's first facial recognition bar opens in UK to end queue-jumping

Not only that, the airport security system also helps people to be served faster by brothers with a larger face who seem to advise minors to prepare their IDs and let staff know if they have already been checked.

The set of £ 199 per month only needs a standard webcam, a screen and an internet connection to work and has had a successful test at the 5cc Harrild & Sons cocktail bar in Farringdon, London.

DataSparQ hopes for a larger rollout to other locations in the coming months, with additional features such as the ability for customers to re-order their drinks while they are still in line that is already being developed.

Once implemented, it is intended that the technology can remember orders and respond to simple hand signals if there are changes.

World's first facial recognition bar opens in UK to end queue-jumping

John Wyllie, director of DataSparQ, said: “Queuing is a part of British life that we must all endure – but we wanted to do something to improve the experience.

“It is the uncertainty of waiting times alongside queues that adversely affects consumer behavior in bars and pubs. The AI Bar ensures trouble-free, first-come, first-served system that makes ordering drinks easier for both drinkers and bar staff.

“We are in talks with beverage companies and pub chain owners to roll out the technology nationwide in the next 12 months. The system can be installed anywhere and is scalable – so we expect it to start in bars and go to music festivals and beyond.”

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