Solar power expert S.P. Gon Chaudhuri who has been working on a number of innovative tools and devices operated by solar power, has developed a prototype of a biometric registered solar power run ATM which would enable users to withdraw cash just by getting their fingerprint scanned.
Gon Chaudhuri, who has developed the biometric registered interface based technology solar ATM at his NB Institute of Rural Technology (NBIRT) said that he has developed the model, specially keeping in mind the rural and semi rural population, many of them who are unlettered and not accustomed of swiping ATM cards and putting in pin numbers to withdraw cash.
The ATM prototype is being named as Janata Solar ATM. One such unit costs around Rs 3.5 lakh. The ministry of Science and Technology had earlier sanctioned a grant of Rs 13 lakh for developing the prototype.
Explaining on the technology, Gon Chaudhuri said that machine would be fully run using solar power only. The device has a solar panel fixed on the top. No ATM card and pin number would be required to withdraw cash. The device would just require a user to have his or her Aadhar card to be linked with the users bank account.
“The procedure to withdraw cash will be very simple and easy. The user would just have to press his or her biometric registered finger on the scanner that is installed on the right side of the ATM where normally one needs to swipe the ATM card. Once the fingerprint is scanned, the user’s bank account would come up on the screen and there will be pictures of different currency notes like Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 that will come up on the touch screen. The user would just have to touch on the onscreen picture of the currency of his or her choice. One would need to touch on the chosen currency note multiple times depending on how much cash he or she wants to withdraw. Once the cash is dispensed, the users balance will come up on the screen,” Gon Chaudhuri said.
“Not only for people of rural areas, the device could also be kept in open spaces in various office complex where sun light enters for the use anybody,” Gon Chaudhuri said.
Source: Times of India