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2,500 'talking ATMs' soon; JNU gets its first

 

SHIV SUNNY | New Delhi, October 4, 2012 21:44
Tags : talking atm | state bank of india | SBI voice guided atm | atm for physically challenged |
 

State Bank of India (SBI) on thursday launched its first ever voice-guided or talking ATM at Jawaharlal Nehru University campus.

The banking major plans to launch 2,500 such ATMs across the country within the next four months. This is done to enable the visually disabled as well as people with physical disabilities to make transactions. The ATMs will also have ramps for wheel chair access.

NCR Corporation, a technological company will provide these 'talking ATMs'. “A person with disability will be able to operate the machine without anyone's help and the transactions will be secure,” said Nagesh Nayak, a manager with the company.

The machine comprises of accessible key pads, voice-guidance technology (with plugged in ear phones) and braille stickers.

For safety's sake, the option to blank out the screen to avoid shoulder surfing by any by-standers would be provided. This facility is currently not available in the existing ATMs.

Sudha Pai, Director of JNU  said, “The campus houses a large number of students with disabilities. Even one such ATM here will go a long way in promoting their interests.”

 

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