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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 7, July 2011, Posted On: 7/14/2011

Biometric ATM Eliminates Literacy Hurdles

Emily Jed
vending machine, vending machine technology, ATM, automated teller machine, self-serve kiosk, NCR, biometric ATM, vending technology

DULUTH, GA -- NCR, a leading manufacturer of self-serve kiosks, is developing an ATM that caters to patrons in developing regions with low literacy rates, including rural areas of India and China.

The pillar-shaped ATMs use a biometric fingerprint sensor instead of a PIN, and color-coded buttons of preset cash denominations instead of a menu screen.

The cylindrical shape is designed to thwart attempts to use a crowbar to pry open the ATM. Security is also enhanced with a cashbox that's designed to collapse in on itself if the machine is breached.

NCR is reportedly building five prototypes of the new ATM that will be tested by U.S. banks. If the trial is successful, the ATMs could be in use in their target markets within a year.

Read more on the new ATM in Scientific American.

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