Europe’s first biometric ATM shared network launched in Poland
14 May 2014 16:16 GMT

Finger vein technology to power Polish ATMS

ITCARD, a provider of banking services in Poland, has announces the launch of the first biometric ATM shared network in Europe, called Planet Cash. By the end of this year the company says it will have implemented a network of around 2000 biometric ATMs using finger vein technology.

This biometric solution is provided by Hitachi Europe Ltd. a subsidiary of Hitachi.

Planet Cash is the second biggest ATM shared network in Poland, and is owned by ITCARD. Currently Planet Cash has more than 500 ATMs already installed. This year, Planet Cash will install an additional 1500 ATMs (from Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold) which will give the company an 11% share of the Polish ATM market.

Planet Cash ATMs will be situated in convenient locations across the country, including retailer chains such as Biedronka, Carrefour and Intermarché, as well as in the central areas of the main Polish cities. The operator also already has ATMs located in the branches of a number of banks including Bank BG?.

A minimum of 1730 Planet Cash ATMs will be equipped with Finger Vein readers during the year 2014 which will allow customers to withdraw cash and perform other operations (balance check, immediate money transfer etc.) by their finger, without use of the card and PIN.

After the launch, shared network, biometric services can be provided to all banks in Poland. Currently, a number of top commercial banks are interested in joining the biometric scheme, the company claims.

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