Civic, a company working on blockchain identity-verification technologies, developed the first ever Blockchain-enabled vending machine that allows verifying the age of the purchaser. This development has been possible thanks to the partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev. The vending machine sells beer only to those who are over 21 years old, a legal drinking age.
Customers using the vending machine have to upload the Civic app and verify their identity there. The app then interacts with a QR code on the vending machine to check if a customer is over 21.
There is only one existing blockchain-equipped vending machine selling beer that can check the age at the moment. It was first tested at the high-profile Consensus events and was supposed to give out 600 free beers within one day. This is only a prototype, and the company said there are no plans yet to move forward with a wider distribution.
“It's not limited to just beer, it could be for any kind of age-restricted product. Unmanned entrance to casinos, and then for the vending machines, we can see this going into concerts, ballgames, venues, conferences,” Civic’s representatives said.