EM Electronic Machines
Electronic Machines is a technology start-up based in Messel (World Cultural Heritage), Germany, and focused on skimming prevention for Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). It is a brand new technology for fraud-prevention in the cashless payment systems. Manipulations of ATMs are increasing: from 2009 to 2010 over 100%. The loss of the financial industries is officially about 100 Million Euro per year but the estimated number of unreported cases is supposed to be significantly higher. At this stage the financial institutions are liable for the loss caused by skimming.
A possible manipulation is, to bring a fake keyboard on top of the original one. By this means, the criminals get the PIN number. The rest of the data they get by using a faked credit card slot.
Products and Services or Concept/ Project
Electronic Machines developed a glass keyboard with security systems and signs, which the user can see on the ATMs. Therefore, it is possible for the user to determine, if there is a manipulation, or not. The glass keyboard has a 3 dimensional hologram, engraved inside the glass, RFID, video camera, sensors, antenna systems and some other features. The glass keyboard is partly transparent to be able to check the security signs. Also, the glass keyboard works with capacitive touch system, which makes it difficult to mount a faked keyboard on top. A faked keyboard with glass or with buttons would not work any longer.
ESA Business Incubation
EM Electronic Machines is hosted at ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Darmstadt, run by the German company cesah. This has provided the opportunity to consult ESA experts who have supported with technology insights and ideas to improve the system.
In addition, especially the support provided by cesah in relation to general business activities has been very helpful.
Tel.: +49 (0)6159-717540
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