A customer using a facial recognition payment system known as the "Smile to Pay" system, at a KFC fast food restaurant in Hangzhou on September 1, 2017. The operator of KFC in China is rolling out a futuristic system of paying at a fast-food counter via facial recognition, as the country embraces the technology for everything from toilet paper to travel. Photo: AFP

While iPhone X tests Face ID, facial authentication is already old hat in China

Facial recognition and authentication has been installed in bank ATMs since 2015, and are being tested for everything from retailing at KFC outlets to even boarding flights in airports.

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A customer using a facial recognition payment system known as the "Smile to Pay" system, at a KFC fast food restaurant in Hangzhou on September 1, 2017. The operator of KFC in China is rolling out a futuristic system of paying at a fast-food counter via facial recognition, as the country embraces the technology for everything from toilet paper to travel. Photo: AFP
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