When Amazon Go stores launched a few years ago Amazon developed tools for all Amazon Prime members to use their hand print to check out at a store.
Now the company is seeking to turn that same technology into a replacement for corporate tags, and other bio-metric tools used for security.
Amazon One Enterprise is a repurposing of the underlying tech for entering buildings or secure areas within an office, and even for access to secure documents.
The offering replaces the classic key fob cards that employees have worn on the belts for years that are easily lost, stolen, cloned, or compromised in some way.
The new offering allows companies to quickly set up new employees and control their access centrally.
While the company emphasized the enhanced security and easier setup, with less annoyance to employees who have to remember their fob everywhere they go, others questioned the intrusive nature of such biometrics.
When Panera began using the Amazon technology in their stores an advocacy group called Fight for the Future set up a petition complaining about the loss of privacy.
Whether corporate customers will be similarly worried about the storage of their employee’s handprints remains to be seen.
Amazon emphasizes that a handprint can’t be traced back to a name, so the handprint itself would be useless if the data is somehow stolen.
Amazon is becoming adept at repurposing its tech.
Recently, the company also announced it was creating an Enterprise version of its Astro robot for use as a roving security guard for retailers.