Chinese researchers announce 'world's first' facial recognition ATM

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File photo.  (REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

Some Chinese inventors have been developing high-tech innovations for everyday objects — everything from umbrellas to a robot that delivers food to restaurant patrons – and now ATMs can be added to the list. Researchers from Tsinghua University and Tzekwan technology, a financial security protection firm, have announced the first ATM that works with facial recognition capabilities, reports the South China Morning Post.

The researchers stated that this new kind of ATM machine will apply facial recognition technology, high-speed banknote handling, and an improved capacity to recognize counterfeit bills.

Gu Zikun, Tzekwan chairman, said that the machine would soon be available on the market. At the moment, no information has been released regarding who would manufacture the ATMs and exactly how these machines will collect facial recognition data.

The United States currently does not use this kind of ATM biometric technology, but Baltimore’s Securityplus Federal Credit Union did run a trial for a machine that used facial recognition tech.