Europe's First Talking CashpointBy VisionConnection,
Publication Date: June 2005
Article discusses how Northern Bank and Clydesdale have become the first banks in Europe to utilize technology that is accessible to people with visual disabilities. The pilot project is being conducted in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Glasgow, Scotland, and features automated teller machines (ATM) with voice output, which is delivered via headphones. The ATM uses an automated voice to give instructions on the exact location of features such as the numbers on the keypad, the cash dispenser, and all other buttons on the machine. The ATM also talks the user through each stage of their transaction. The technology utilized in the accessible ATMs is called Text to Speech, and is provided by Canadian software company Phoenix Interactive.
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