S.P. Gon Chaudhuri is a renowned name in the field of Solar Energy. He has been working on various policies and developing new tech solutions mainly, for rural areas. He recently developed a prototype of a biometric registered solar power run ATM which would enable users to withdraw cash just by getting their fingerprint scanned.
Dr. S.P.Gon Chaudhuri is an Electrical Engineer, known to the Solar Community of the World and India in particular for his excellent Contribution in the field level Solar PV Off-grid Projects which benefitted million of rural people of the world. And this time he has built a solution which would benefit people with no access to formal education.
Gon Chaudhuri, developed the biometric registered interface based technology solar ATM at his NB Institute of Rural Technology (NBIRT). He 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 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.
The machine has been built to 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 user’s 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 Chaudhari commented.
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