Coffee shop rolls out face-based payments in Romania

Tucano Coffee has installed a payments system that enables customers to make contact-free payments using face biometrics at its Afi Park coffee shop in Bucharest, Romania. face-based payments

The international coffee chain’s Afi Park outlet is the second to install the solution in Bucharest, following its introduction in February this year at the city’s Creamier ice cream parlour.

The implementation process consists in installing an iPad in the location, through which the facial recognition of the client is made. Payments are processed by EuPlatesc.

The user can open his account online, on the startup’s website, or through the application currently available only for iOS phones. The registration flow is similar to that of FinTech Revolut or Monese startups, consisting of taking a selfie, uploading an identity card, setting a PIN and confirming by e-mail. Once the registration process is done, Mihai says you can leave your phone and wallet at home.

According to the explanations offered by him for, those who want to pay with PaybyFace in the locations that allow this method must enter in the tablet the amount, the PIN and take a selfie.

Draghici states that he is currently in talks with several businesses from various sectors and has 50 tablets ready to install in Bucharest in a first stage with the help of a partner.

In the business model of the startup there is also an advertising component, respectively the running of advertisements on tablets at the moment when the payments are not processed.

Company representatives say that the PayByFace solution, developed for smart android terminals together with TxD IT Solutions, has already been installed and “works very well”.

The solution thus becomes much simpler, easier, accessible, and more efficient, all at a great cost.” face-based payments


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