Indian bank launches ATM with fingerprint recognition
07 October 2016 15:00 GMT

India's DCB Bank has launched the first fingerprint enabled ATM in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

Senior staff say the ATM links to the country’s Aadhaar (biometrics-backed unique ID number) database.

Murali M. Natrajan, managing director and CEO said, “We are delighted to launch India’s first Aadhaar Number and Aadhaar fingerprint (biometric) ATM. Aadhaar has become ubiquitous. This is a unique first of its kind wonderful facility. There is no need for ATM/Debit Card or the hassle of remembering a PIN.”

Customers can input their 12 digit Aadhaar number and place their fingerprint on the biometric reader, or choose to use their card and fingerprint.

In April 2016, the Bank pilot launched India’s first Aadhaar based ATM in Mumbai. This was followed by launch of Aadhaar based ATM in Odisha, Punjab & Karnataka and now in Tamil Nadu, Haryana & Rajasthan.

The Bank plans to upgrade all its 400+ ATMs to provide Aadhaar based functionality in the next six months or so. Currently, DCB Bank customers will be able to use this facility.