In this week’s edition of Discovered Technologies we present to you a fantastic product developed by Technosite; a company that is based in Madrid, Spain. Technosite is part of the ONCE business group and specializes in developing accessible technology.
APSIS4ALL is an initiative whose goal it was to make accessible ATM machines. These public digital terminals were funded by the European Commission and developed by Technosite in conjunction with “la Caixa” bank of Spain.
The accessible atm machines are built to facilitate the lives of many kinds of disabled users such as those who are visually impaired, deaf, or require larger ergonomic interaction. As you can see in the video below, several users have benefited from this implementation because they can customize the machine to their preferences by matching their disabilities to their bank cards via the Internet.
The accessible ATM machines are gaining popularity and have now been implemented in Germany. In September 15, 2010, The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) passed a final ruling on new accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which pertain to automated teller machines (ATMs). The final rule imposes new standards for ATMs that include a voice guidance requirement, height and reach standards, tactually discernable input devices, numeric keypads, visually contrasting function keys, graphic design, and braille instructions for impaired customers. However, they do not include sign language communication nor does it require the modification of larger ergonomic devices for people with severed or malformed limbs like those of APSIS4ALL.