NCR and Automatia bid to protect ATMs against Finland's cold

NCR and Automatia bid to protect ATMs against Finland's cold

NCR has teamed up with Finish ATM network operator Automatia to develop a custom pressurisation kit designed to protect cash machines from the harsh Scandinavian winters.

Automatia has struck a deal with NCR to replace 600 ATMs with SelfServ 25 and 26 models.

But with temperatures falling to as low as -30 degrees centigrade in Finland, the pair have taken extra measures to protect the machines' electronic and electro-mechanical components. The custom pressurisation kit is designed to combat the effects of the extreme cold, as well as dust, increasing reliability and up-time.

More generally, Automatia says that the ATM network upgrade - which NCR is working with Fujitsu on - is designed to increase self-service and let banks shift how they use their branches.

Esa Makkonen, CIO, Automatia, says: "Finnish retail banks rely on Automatia to provide an up-to-date network of ATMs across the country. Fundamental to this service is a high degree of up-time for ATMs, providing a convenient service to consumers and improving profitability for the banks."

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Ketharaman Swaminathan
Ketharaman Swaminathan - GTM360 Marketing Solutions - Pune 16 October, 2013, 13:49Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

In debates about cash v. cashless, we inevitably read a comment or two about how Sweden, another Scandinavian country, has gone virtually cashless e.g. here. Can anyone shed light on why fellow Scandinavian nation Finland has chosen to fortify ATMs against the same winters instead of following in the footsteps of Sweden and going cashless, thereby eliminating the need for ATMs altogether? Assuming of course that plastic cards and mobile wallets are "all weather".