POST TIME: 22 February, 2020 10:29:19 AM
RUET research team invents devises theft-proof ATM
Jahidul Islam, RU

RUET research team invents devises theft-proof ATM

A group of teachers and students of the Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) has devised a new formatted automatic teller machine (ATM) booth that can prevent any kind of fraudulence.

In the newly invented machine, the security system has around five steps so that no unknown person can withdraw money from the booth using a password or ATM card without the help of the account owner.

The inventors said they have devised the machine as the current machines fail to provide proper security to customers and are not safe for them. Anyone can encash money with or without ATM cards and passwords but in the newly invented ATM booth, no pilferage is possible as it has several security features.

Led by Dr Sojal Kumar Das, an Assistant Professor of the Mechatronics Engineering department of RUET, a group of students and teachers has invented this machine on the campus. The other members of the team are Md Rasheduzzaman and Moshiur Rahman from the 14 series (2014–15 sessions) and Nahid Labib Chawdhury from the 16 series of the MTC department. Dr Das said, “We have primarily used RF (radio frequency) identification. We conducted our research with departmental resources.”

“We achieved success using the new system and technology. Debit and credit cards are going to be added. We will add many other features to the machine,” he said. He also claimed that the ATM booths in use nowadays lack sufficient security, which is why forgery syndicates have the scope to carry out crimes and loot money from booths. "Our newly invented booth has a four-step security system at the very least. After verifying all processes, the money can be encashed from the booth; otherwise, it is impossible.”

When asked about security issues, Prof. Das said, “We have carried out our research to ensure the highest possible security measures. It is impossible to collect information by hacking the booth as has been done using the biometric system by scanning the card holder’s face with the camera installed in the booth. We have used the scan of the iris to further ensure account security. After the verification of all processes, the money will be cashed out. It is otherwise impossible to withdraw the money. Customers will be verified using the biometric system. In the biometric system, two finger marks are needed: one for withdrawing money and another for closing the account.” 

“If a hacker or a group of conmen force a customer to withdraw the money, and the customer gives a fingerprint to close the account, they would fail to understand what he has done. Also, no money will be withdrawn from the bank. The alarm will be sounded and the guard will easily understand the problem.”

“If anyone (say, a hacker) wants to withdraw money from the bank, the customer will receive messages through mobile or email as to which ATM booth in the country is being used for withdrawal of the money,” he explained. He said, “The password can be used only once. It would automatically be changed for the second withdrawal.”

Rasheduzzaman, a member of the research team, said, “Tk. 2.5 lakh has been spent on the machine as it was made for the first time. But only Tk. 2 lakh would be needed to make a new machine. It is more affordable than the current booths. We plan to sell it in the market as soon as possible.”

Assistant Professor Firoj Ali of the Mechatronics Engineering department iterated, “The newly invented ATM booth has the capability to prevent crimes. If it can be marketed, I hope it would ensure the security of bank customers.”