UK retailer and ATM operator Co-Operative recently partnered with forensic traceable liquids specialist SmartWater to enhance its ATM network by implementing a new «catch-a-thief» taggant technology. This crime-fighting detection system works with a liquid forensic marker that is automatically splashed over the banknotes and the criminal in the event of a robbery or any other kind of attack. The marker, called a taggant, is invisible to the naked eye but is detectable by specific tools for up to five years and can resist a wide range of damages including an explosion.
SmartWater’s products are already used by various law enforcement agencies worldwide in cash-in-transit cashboxes and handheld dispersal units, but it is the first time that the technology is applied to ATMs. The project may well interest other countries as the number of attacks on Money in physical form such as banknotes and coins. More machines has increased over the past few years.
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