EAST EGAP publishes list of ATM Protective Devices


The EAST Expert Group on ATM Physical Attacks (EAST EGAP) has just published a document with lists of the Manufacturers of ATM Protective devices.  This document replaces two previous lists:

  • Ink Staining Devices (Cash Protection)
  • Other ATM Protective Devices

The new document has a list of Intelligent Banknote Neutralisation System (IBNS) manufacturers and a list of other manufacturers of ATM protective devices.

These lists have been put together to assist the industry and Law Enforcement to quickly identify the suppliers of systems and devices that can be used to protect ATMs from physical attacks and do not include suppliers of systems and devices used to protect ATMs from most fraud types. EAST has taken reasonable measures to develop the lists in a fair, reasonable, open, and objective manner. However, EAST makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the completeness of the lists or of the effectiveness, or adequacy of the devices offered by the manufacturers listed.

The new document is available for EAST Members to download from the Intranet in the section ‘Industry Information’. This is a living document which includes instructions on how to submit details of manufacturers of systems and devices (if not shown) for consideration for inclusion.

Viewpoint: Do you know what to do with a stained banknote?

In an EAST website research poll that ran from January to April 2016 67% of respondents stated that they do know what to do with a stained banknote, 6% don’t and 27% are not sure.

On this website EAST provides guidance as to what action you should take if a stained banknote is offered to you or comes into your possession. The action required varies from country to country, as does the legal status of a stained banknote.  The poll results can be seen in the chart below.

EAST Poll Jan-Apr 16
To deter crime, money dispensed by ATMs is increasingly protected by Intelligent Banknote Neutralisation Systems (IBNS).  These systems activate in the event of a robbery or theft, and stain the banknotes (typically red, a purple variant or green).  Stained banknotes are removed from circulation by National Central Banks, but retailers and members of the general public should be aware that if they receive a stained banknote, it is almost certainly a stolen banknote, and should not be accepted.

Image shows banknotes stained with dye

The current website research poll, which closes at the end of August, is on payment security when using mobile phones to pay for goods and services and asks the question – ‘Are you satisfied your payment details are safe when buying goods or services using your mobile phone?’  To take it, and to see all past results, visit the ATM Research Page on this website, or click on the button below.