Over 600,000 Syrian refugees live in Jordan where they rely on monthly cash grants to pay for food, water and other basic needs. The practice of distributing cash is a particularly effective form of delivering humanitarian aid as it avoids costs such as transport, storage and...

OK. This one is not the world's 'first' but it is in the place where the world's first was installed; an unassuming branch of Barclays Bank in Enfield, North London on 27th June 1967. It didn't work properly; its 'inventor', John Shepherd-Barron, had to feed through...

Smaller and more remote bank branches are closing at what appears to be an ever-increasing rate. To ensure access to financial services continues in such an environment, the  'intelligent, multipurpose ATM' offers a viable solution. The ATM shown here from Amman in Jordan lives in its...

Not long ago, an ATM in Spain was dressed up (more or less) as a can of Coca-Cola and dispensed free cash to random users on condition they do something generous with it, and not spend it on themselves. Amazingly, most did, with one women...

In India, it has long been possible to have cash delivered. But it involves informal networks, tuk-tuk drivers and lots and lots of insecurity. A bank in Poland is taking this on-demand lifestyle to the next level, however, by offering its customers the ability to...

From the time the first automated teller machine was invented, it was only a matter of time before someone would come along and create the world’s first ‘drive-through’ version, allowing customers to withdraw cash without even getting out of their cars. But when and where did...

As Brits go to the polls, can the ATM do it again? The sophistication of the on-screen-questionnaire on Cardtronics-UK’s ATMs became apparent in the run-up to the EU referendum in the summer of 2016. Ahead of the vote, Cardtronics gathered over 85,000 responses from their cash...

Late last year, in a blaze of publicity, North Korea installed its first ever ATM. Sadly, however, it didn’t work as someone forgot to hook it up to the bank’s server. (Given that there is only one bank in North Korea, this can be considered...