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Innovative Technology (ITL), who provide AI-powered biometric solutions using facial analysis technology, have recently taken a number of measures to assure customers that their solutions do not breach any data privacy regulations. Their range, MyCheckr, MyCheckr Mini and ICU Lite, performs age estimation to help prevent the sale of age-restricted goods or access to age registered venues to those who are underage – all completely anonymously with the integrity of customers’ data at its core.

Dr Andrew O’Brien, Biometrics Product Manager commented, “Privacy infringements and GDPR compliance rightly attracts much media and industry attention. We hear the concerns of our customers and appreciate how this can be a barrier to the implementation of biometric technology.”

 “Our approach to protecting customer privacy has three-key aspects; we never store any data,  all processing is performed locally on the device so we never send data over any network, and finally any data that is processed is automatically deleted afterwards.”

“This privacy centric approach is reflected in the recent renewal of independent GDPR certification from ACCS (The Age Check Certification Scheme) for our age estimation solutions, ICU Lite and MyCheckr.  This key achievement demonstrates UK GDPR compliance, meeting the ACCS 2:2021 Technical Requirements for Data Protection and Privacy, which is approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office.”

Andrew continued, “We have taken legal advice from privacy experts both in the US and Europe regarding compliance. These legal experts have advised that a BIPA (Biometric Information Privacy Act) in the US and DPIA (Data Protection Impact Assessment) in Europe does not apply or is required, meaning our customers can have confidence in using our age estimation technologies in those regions.”

Concluding Andrew said, “Our age estimation devices continue to be rolled out in a variety of industries including retail, convenience, vaping, gaming and amusement. We believe the measures we have taken will contribute to alleviating any data protection fears and confirms our devices do not store any images or personal data when performing anonymous age estimations. We know that technology is the answer for various industries to protect themselves and help prevent minors from accessing age restricted products or services.  We have proactively taken the steps to ensure transparency in our technology and will continue to listen to the market and our customers to provide guidance and reassurance that privacy is assured when using our solutions.”

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Innovative Technology (ITL) will be exhibiting at UNITI Expo 2024 in Stuttgart, Germany on 14-16 May. UNITI Expo is the leading European trade fair for the retail petroleum and car wash industries. ITL, a provider of biometric solutions for anonymous age checks and access control, will showcase their latest innovations on booth 1B43.

Christian Czeskleba, Senior Business Development Manager for Innovative Technology said, “We have several products that are ideal for fuel retailers and forecourts who sell age-restricted products like alcohol, tobacco, vapes and lottery tickets.”

ITL’s biometrics range, including MyCheckr and MyCheckr Mini and ICU Lite, are being deployed in a number of retail applications across Europe including convenience stores, fuel stations and vape shops.   

Explaining the solutions available to demo on the booth Christian said, “We can help retailers perform accurate age checks at the point of sale with no integration required using MyCheckr or MyCheckr Mini  to provide an extra level of assurance when asking for ID. Our MyCheckr series is a plug and play solution which does not require an internet connection, so only a power supply is required. Additionally, linking with POS systems and self-service checkouts to automate the age check process is made easy with ICU Lite.”

Concluding Christian said, “Our solutions can also use anonymous demographical data to produce consumer analytics and display targeted advertising to specific demographics like gender and age. Unlike other solutions on the market, our range boasts a one off cost price with no subscriptions, local processing with no internet required, and no biometric personal data is stored; making our technology affordable, easily available and trusted. Come and see us on booth 1B43 to find out more.”

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Innovative Technology (ITL) have announced their participation at the largest global network of gaming professionals in Spain. From 7-9 May 2024, Madrid will become the centre of the Spanish gaming industry, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Feria Internacional del Juego (FIJMA).

FIJMA is the most important event in the leisure and gaming industry in Spain where the main companies, manufacturers and experts in the industry gather to learn about the latest slots and gaming equipment innovations. The Spanish team at ITL will be exhibiting their solutions on stand A49 and plan to have their latest note recyclers and coin handling products centre stage, as well as demonstrating how their biometrics solutions can be utilised to benefit the gaming industry to prevent underage gambling.

Jose Garcia Escudero, General Manager for ITL Spain said, “We are looking forward to showing how combining our compact note recycler (NV22 Spectral) and advanced coin recycler (SMART Coin System) gives the best fit for cash handling efficiency for gaming machines in Spain. These solutions now dominate the Spanish gaming market giving operators considerable float management savings, fewer refills, and a massive reduction in coin starvation for improved machine uptime.   We’ll also show the new NV4000 mixed denomination note recycler to the Spanish gaming market for the first time, ideal for high volume applications like change and redemption terminals.”

ITL have a range of AI-powered biometric solutions which perform accurate age verification at gaming venue entrances or integrated in gaming machines.

Continuing Jose said, “We will also have our age check devices on the stand for visitors to demo which can help operators prevent someone potentially underage or even self-excluded trying to play a machine or access an age restricted area.  ICU Lite can be fully integrated in a gaming machine or betting terminal to automatically estimate age to prevent minors from playing. MyCheckr can be utilised at 18+ entrances to prevent access. Both devices have a one-off cost with no subscriptions and no internet required. Our technology is affordable, available to all and trusted, with no biometric personal data stored.”

Concluding Jose said, “We have very strong relationships with the Spanish market and we’re proud to know that our products will be displayed on a number of stands from our long standing customers. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in person in Madrid and we welcome you all to stand A49.”

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The Spanish branch of Innovative Technology (ITL) have announced that a long-standing member of the team has been promoted to General Manager. José (Pepe) García Escudero previously held the role of Business Development Manager for the region. 
ITL Spain has had an office in Barcelona since 1996, headed up by Sales Director Mustapha Hadj-Ahmed. They provide both cash validation equipment and biometric technology to various market sectors including, gaming, amusement, kiosk and retail. 
Commenting on José’s promotion Mustapha said,  “I would like to congratulate José (known to most of his customers as Pepe!) on this well-deserved achievement. I have worked with him since he joined the company seven and half years ago and he is hard working,  a real team player and has an excellent eye for spotting new opportunities.  José will be responsible for overall operations as well as continuing his business development tasks. I am sure he will excel in his new role and I am confident he will lead our talented team to new heights! I look forward to exciting and prosperous times ahead.” 
Pepe added, “I am so pleased to be given this fantastic opportunity and to play a more operational and managerial role in the business. Each member of the team here in Spain are a key part of our success, and the reason we are known for being a leading provider of cash handling equipment. I am excited to get started and see the business grow even further as we continue to serve our valued customers and develop our technology to response to the changing needs of the market.” 
Concluding Mustapha said, “José will be heading up the team at the FIJMA show in Madrid on 7th - 9th May 2024 on stand A49, so if you are attending the show come and say hello!"
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Innovative Technology (ITL) plan to showcase their latest cash handling and biometrics innovations at the forthcoming UK Retail Technology Show (RTS) on stand6A50. The exhibition takes place on 24-25 April at Olympia, London, bringing together Europe’s most forward-thinking retailers and leading tech innovators from the retail and hospitality industry.

Commenting on ITL’s presence, Chris Wright, UK Business Development Manager said, “This year the stand will incorporate solutions from both our cash handling and biometrics divisions. We will be demonstrating how both can work seamlessly together in the retail environment.”

Chris continued, “Using our NV4000 multi-note recycler and SMART Coin System (SCS), we will show retailers how to accelerate customer throughput with fewer refills and automated float management. New for this year we will be showing our Coin Elevator module that minimises the gap between coin entry and exit for improved accessibility, further enhancing the overall customer experience.”

Discussing ITL’s biometric range and the benefits for the retail sector, Chris added, “Our AI powered solutions can be deployed for accurate age checks at the point of sale. MyCheckr and MyCheckr Mini are ideal for anyone selling age restricted goods such as alcohol, vapes or tobacco. A number of retailers are already using these to help staff with Challenge 25, providing an extra level of assurance when asking for ID. Additionally, integration with POS systems and self-service checkouts to automate the age check process is made easy with our simple API.”

“Retailers can utilise these devices for targeted advertising and consumer analytics, driving growth and increasing revenue by better understanding customer spending habits. Unlike other solutions on the market, our range boasts a one-off device cost with no subscriptions, no internet required, and no biometric personal data stored; making our technology affordable, available and trusted.”

Concluding Chris said, “Come and see the UK team on the ITL stand 6A50 to learn more about how our technology can help your business generate cost efficiencies and improve customer experience.”

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