Orange County's Credit Union (OCCU)
in Orange County, California requires a thumbprint
and signature scan for all new accounts and also offers
this security option to customers with existing accounts.
This enables customers to open accounts without the
assistance of any personnel.
However, due to the fact that Automated
Teller Machines (ATMs) are so established
worldwide, it would be very expensive to replace the
standard four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN)
with a biometric technology because of the need to develop
and implement the necessary infrastructure to support
it. An easier and cheaper solution would be to replace
the current magnetic strip ATM debit cards with smart
cards that can hold more information. These types of cards could
be used in Microsoft Windows-based ATMs. For more information,
go to http://atmmarketplace.com/news_story_22036.htm.
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