Autonomous store developer Sensei partners with HPE

Sensei, the Amazon rival developing autonomous stores in Europe, has chosen Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as its original equipment manufacturer.

The company said that HPE’s ProLiant servers will give retailers access to real-time insights, daily store management and invoicing, and support queue-free shopping experiences through “state-of-the-art” computing technology.

Sensei opened its first autonomous store in Europe last May on behalf of Portuguese hypermarket chain Continente. The move came after the company announced a $6.5 million seed funding round in the previous month.

Sensei, which uses an integrated system of cameras, sensors and AI algorithms to create a frictionless checkout shopping experience, is second only to Amazon in opening a fully autonomous store in Europe.

“When we sought to find an OEM partner for our computing requirements, it was imperative that we found one that would deliver the best capabilities for our customers,” said Vasco Portugal, chief executive, Sensei. “And we found that in Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

"And we knew they would be able to deliver on our needs for a mission-critical platform that could offer real time processing of consumer data. We are proud to be working with HPE, to not only provide their servers to retailers in Europe, but also worldwide.”

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