EyeLock developing iris-enabled ATM with Diebold
01 January 2016 10:29 GMT

Identity authentication solutions firm EyeLock has revealed that it is working with ATM development company Diebold on a screen-less, self-service ATM concept.

Citibank is testing the Diebold prototype, called Irving, at its innovation lab in New York. The prototype also will be on display in the VOXX International booth 10417 at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show taking place inLas Vegas, January 6-9, 2016. VOXX International acquired a majority interest in EyeLock in September 2015.

The design of the new concept ATM looks different than what people are used to seeing at banks. It is an ATM without a PIN pad, card reader, or screen. Instead, all transactions take place via a mobile app on the user's smartphone. In addition to near field communication (NFC) and quick response (QR) code technology, the new system uses iris scanning from EyeLock to identify the customer once at the ATM.

"EyeLock believes that the age of carrying plastic cards and remembering passwords is just about over and the era of unfettered personal access through biometric technology is just beginning," said Anthony Antolino, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer for EyeLock. "For banking and other applications, EyeLock's iris identity authentication solutions are not only highly secure, but very easy to use."

According to Frank Natoli, Executive Vice President of Self-Service Technology at Diebold, the process is simple: A customer signs into their banking app on their phone or tablet and determines how much money they want to take out. Once the withdrawal is input, the customer can go to any EyeLock-equipped ATM on the network to complete the transaction. They would simply approach the machine, which scans the iris of his or her eye to quickly verify identity, and the ATM dispenses the correct amount of cash. The whole process takes less than half the time of a typical ATM transaction today.

"While digital channels are evolving, cash will continue to play an important role in consumer transactions," Natoli said. "That's where Diebold comes into play – to bridge the digital and physical worlds of cash in unprecedented ways through cardless transactions, mobile integration and faster, more convenient access. The Irving concept embodies a new era of banking and puts the user experience at the top of the pyramid to connect consumers with their money when and how they see fit."  

Natoli noted that the new ATM concept and its current design are constantly being fine-tuned.

"At Citi, we are always looking for innovations that simplify and enhance the banking experience," said CitiFinTech CEO Heather Cox.

Citibank is in the early stages of testing the high tech ATM and plans to roll it out are still to be determined.

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