China: The Chinese version of Airbnb, Xiaozhu, is set to start using facial recognition to deliver more secure access to its guests and properties.
The China-based home-sharing company is planning to add facial recognition-enabled door locks to 80 per cent of its listings in the central city of Chengdu, according to Quartz. Chengdu serves as the capital of the Sichuan province and is one of the three most populous cities in Western China.
By adopting facial recognition technology, Xiaozhu wants to present a safer and more secure outlook of the home-sharing business. It has already added the technology from Alibaba to door locks in 40 cities across the country.
Xiaozhu will also be following in the footsteps of several other major companies which are opting for facial recognition, such as KFC in China, Alipay with its “Smile to Pay” service and airlines.