Solution
Composition of the Solution

YI Tunnel AI Robot based on image recognition, which allows automatic checkout by just taking a look

The AI-based Anti-theft System, which recognizes theft using an algorithm and gives alert in advance

Features of YI Tunnel AI Robot

Easy to operate by customers: Customers just need to put their items on the checkout counter without having to look for the bar codes or distinguishing standard items from nonstandard ones, and the screen will directly display the prices of their items. They can pay for their purchases using WeChat or Alipayor credit card

The machine now is already able to recognize 10000 SKUs, and the number will grow exponentially

Apart from standard items, it can also recognize nonstandard items such as vegetables, fruits, clothes, and dishes

Fast and accurate recognition: the time it takes to recognize each item is 0.02 seconds, and the accuracy is up to 99.7%. After being used for a while, it can be faster and more accurate than a cashier

Reducing costs for sellers: the breakthrough technology can replace RFID tags/barcodes/POS machines as well as cashiers

Seamless connection with seller’s IT equipment: It does not change the existing IT infrastructure, deployment takes 1-6 weeks,and duplication is very quick

Extending equipment’s service life: Based on the deep learning technology, the machine has the ability to optimize and update itself. It can keep learning after deployment, and the efficiency and accuracy can continue to increase

case
Customer’s Success Story
About the customer: The supermarket chain is one of the Top 500 companies in China. It is recognized as a national-level leading company in “circulation” and a national-level leading company in “agricultural industrialization”. The company has won various honors including “China’s Famous Trademark”, a “Nationwide Advanced Company in Creating Jobs” named by the State Council, and the “National May 1st Labor Award” The supermarket chain was implementing a strategy to transform toward “New Retail”, and using AI technologies was a decisive factor for the success of the transformation. To ensure its steady development, the company chose to upgrade its entire system starting from a single scenario. Lining up for checkout has been a pain for consumers. Starting from the checkout scenario, The supermarket collaborated with YI Tunnel to create the world’s first unattended checkout scenario using the AI-based image recognition technology: Shoppers just need to put their items on the checkout counter without having to look for the barcodes or distinguishing standard items from nonstandard ones, and the screen will directly display the prices of their items. They can pay for their purchases using WeChat or Alipay or credit card
Project Highlights

The world’s first unattended checkout system based on image recognition

The YI Tunnel AI Robot can learn the name and price of both standard and nonstandard items. The level of recognition is on a par with the naked eyes of humans. The machine can automatically check shoppers out just by taking a look at their items. After learning for a while, it can be faster and more accurate than a cashier, so shoppers will no longer need to line up.

The operation is easy for shoppers. They just need to put their items on the checkout counter without having to look for the barcodes or distin guishing standard items from nonstandard ones, and the screen will directly display the prices of their items. They can pay for their purchases using WeChat or Alipay or credit card

With the facial recognition function for members, shoppers will no longer need to bring their membership card, as they can enjoy the discounts for members through facial recognition

3000 SKUs and fast deployment: It takes just 1 month from data collection to project completion, and takes just 1 week to copy the system to other stores

Long-term use of the system helps to reduce the company’s OPEX

The Services and Technologies Provided by YI Tunnel:

Sorting out the user experience during checkout

Gathering SKU data and training on machine learning

The YI Tunnel AI Robot

Image recognition technology

The development of the facial recognition system for members

The development of system interfaces, such as the interface with third-party payment systems as well as the interface with the supplying & marketing system