16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
“If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”
Japanese bank launches cardless ATMs
- By Hannah Ricci, May 9, 2012
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A Japanese bank is to launch ATMs that use palm-scanning biometric technology in place of bank cards to identify customers.
In what it claims to be a worldwide first, Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank is set to introduce the cardless ATMs in September to enable consumers to access their accounts in times of disaster.
Biometric sensors at cash machines is widespread in Japan, but has previously been used in conjunction with cards or bank books.
Now from September, Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank customers will be able to register to use the system by linking their biometric palm details at a machine with their PINs and birth-dates.
By placing their hand on a reader and entering key details, the technology will allow customers to carry out regular banking tasks without a card, such as withdrawing money, checking balances and making deposits.
The system is set to be installed across ten of the bank’s branches in the city of Nagoya, while a drive-through cash point is also set to be launched by the firm.
Banking of the future
Ogaki Kyoritsu said it is unveiling the technology, in part, as a response to the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the country’s northeast coast last year. Many people fled their homes empty handed and lost everything, including their ATM cards. This new system would allow people who lose their cards to still be able to access their money……