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Jacksons store adds facial recognition camera and door locks, no word on Boise area locations

Meridian-based Jacksons Food Stores added a new piece of technology to its store on Grand Ave. in Portland. A camera above the door monitors customers entering the store.

According to KGW-TV, if facial recognition software says they’re cool – they can come in. If not, the doors stay locked.

[Something more slated for old Gas For Less]

Jacksons founder John Jackson did not return our Tuesday morning request for comment about the technology’s use in Idaho. It is not clear if any Idaho locations use the device, or plan to. Jacksons owns 87 stores in Idaho. A number of oulets that carry Chevron-branded fuel will soon convert to a new Extra Mile brand name – part of a joint venture between Jacksons and Chevron. The new venture will still be based in Meridian, and Shell-branded stations will keep the Jacksons name.

KGW’s Morgan Romero reports the system, from Blueline Technology, allows store owner’s to flag shoplifters and leave notes for emergency crews.

“At Jacksons Food Stores, the safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority,” the company told KGW. “We are in the early stages of testing new technology that utilizes facial recognition software. This particular solution has shown to significantly reduce incidences of crime for other similar retailers. That said, no solution is perfect, and we acknowledge public apprehension behind facial recognition software.”

The company also told KGW the system does not share facial information with any other databases or systems.

Jacksons owns more than 240 locations across the western United States.

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