HOUSTON, Nov. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cardtronics Inc., the world's largest retail ATM owner, today announced the establishment of the Cardtronics Accessibility Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence, whose mission is to deliver an industry-leading voice-guided user experience at Cardtronics-supported ATMs, is part of a multi-year agreement by and among the company; the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation's oldest and largest organization of the blind; and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The agreement resolves class-action litigation concerning the accessibility of Cardtronics' fleet of ATMs to blind consumers and is subject to the approval of members of the class and the court.
In collaboration with the NFB, Cardtronics will develop enhanced voice guidance software that will provide a fully accessible and superior user experience for blind customers at its ATMs. Within the Center of Excellence, voice guidance capabilities will be incorporated into new ATM technologies, helping to ensure that future ATM innovation is also fully accessible to blind users.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cardtronics will:
- Establish a process for producing NFB-approved voice guidance software for its ATMs;
- Initiate an advanced, in-the-field quality assurance program that will review tens of thousands of ATMs annually; and
- Research and develop technologies that assist blind users with financial services delivered through the ATM channel.
"Cardtronics is proud to work in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind and intends to be at the forefront of providing convenient cash access to blind people," said Cardtronics CEO Steve Rathgaber. "We plan to lead the industry to a higher level of accessibility through the efforts of the Center of Excellence."
"We appreciate that the leadership team at Cardtronics recognizes that the blind deserve the same convenient access to cash and banking services that sighted people enjoy," said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. "By working with Cardtronics in creating the Center of Excellence, we are together striving to raise the quality of access for blind users to financial transactions and other services provided by ATM technology."
About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
About Cardtronics (Nasdaq:CATM)
Making ATM cash access convenient where people shop, work and live, Cardtronics is at the convergence of retailers, financial institutions, prepaid card programs and the customers they share. Cardtronics owns/operates more than 111,150 retail ATMs in U.S. and international locales. Whether Cardtronics is driving foot traffic for America's most relevant retailers, enhancing ATM brand presence for card issuers or expanding card holders' surcharge-free cash access on the local, national or global scene, Cardtronics is convenient access to cash, when and where consumers need it. Cardtronics is where cash meets commerce.
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