Researchers from China have unveiled the world’s first automated teller machine with facial recognition technology, Xinhua reports. The machine, designed and built by a team from Tsinghua University and Tzekwan Technology, was unveiled on Friday, and while researchers have long attempted to develop ATMs with inbuilt facial recognition features, this is the first fully functional one to be available on the market.
The ATMs, installed with a camera that will capture facial images and compare them with ID photos, will be linked with banks and local police offices. The facial scan will be an added security measure on top of the password or PIN required to access users’ bank accounts.
Researchers claim the machine will still be able to authenticate the cardholders even if their facial features have changed. The ATM will also detect scammers attempting to trick it, they said.
The machine boasts improved counterfeit-bill recognition and high-speed bank note handling as well, according to SCMP. While ATM parts on the mainland are typically imported, the new machine will be 100 percent made in China.