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DAYTON, Ohio - (10/06/05) -- NCR Corp. said this week it hasintroduced biometric fingerprint technology to ATMs in severalSouth American countries and is preparing to introduce thetechnology on a wider basis in North America. With the emergingbiometric technology, the ubiquitous ATM card will eventually bereplaced by the mere touch of a finger or other biometricidentification methods, according to Mark Grossi, chief technologyofficer for NCR, who introduced the new ATMs Tuesday at the RoyalBank of Canada's Applied Innovation Symposium in Toronto. Thefingerprint identification system, which was developed at NCR'sAdvanced Concepts Lab in Dundee, Scotland, was demonstrated tocredit union and bank executives during the two-day technologyshowcase. The fingerprint ATM will simplify things for banks andcredit unions while reducing costs because it will eliminate theATM/debit cards, said Gross. And it will improve security becausefingerprints are impossible to copy. With NCR's fingerprint ATM,the user enters their Social Security number at the ATM, thenapplies their finger to the fingerprint reader. There is no PINnumber and no ATM card.

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