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City of Hanover receives gift ordered by Jack Ma

The city of Hanover Germany has received a gift from Chinese Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma ordered by way of a new technology which uses facial recognition to make a payment.

The city said the gift, a commemorative stamp of the second Hanover Messe in 1948, arrived at its city hall last Thursday.

On March 15, at the opening ceremony of CeBIT 2015, the world's leading IT trade fair, Jack Ma ordered this stamp with his smartphone using a new facial recognition payment technology called "Smile to Pay."

This technology, Ma said, would make it easier to buy things online. Instead of typing in a password, consumers could authorize the payment by scanning their faces with smartphones.

According to Alibaba, this technology is being tested and will be used in its global payment system in the future.

"Smile to Pay" was one of the cutting edge technologies and products that Chinese exhibitors unveiled at this year's CeBIT exhibition. As a partner country of the trade fair which showcased the digital economy this year, China presented its ideas and vision about the future development of information and communications technology, receiving favorable feedback from industry insiders.