Even in this era of digitalization where a large section of the population is dependent on digital modes of payment, India still remains a cash economy as the other greater part of the population is dependent on cash for financial transactions. But finding an ATM in India is getting tougher day by day as the number of ATMs in the country has gone down in the past few years even when the dependence on cash with the same amounting to 80% of all transactions. The drop in the number of ATM units is expected to continue as the Confederation of ATM Industry (CATMi) that operates the network of ATMs across the nation has said that it will rather shut down nearly 50 percent ATMs because of high maintenance cost of software and equipment upgrades.
With ATMs shutting down in the country, a situation of cash crunch might arise. But with the help of the following players which aim to provide cash easily, users would be able to withdraw money even without ATMs.
Spice Money is a tech-enabled hyper-local payments player offering cash-in and cash-out, Spice mini ATM, bill payments, airtime recharge, and mPoS services. With a deep presence in ‘Bharat’, Spice Money has nearly 85% of the cumulative 150,000 Customer Service Points (CSPs) in semi-urban and rural India. They have dense footprints in BIMARU region, comprising the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh & Uttar Pradesh; accounting for 65% of India’s population. Spice Money through its latest technology and wide network of Spice Money agent; is bridging the gaps in access to various financial services
Backed by Amazon, Reliance Capital, Mastercard, and Amansa, ToneTag harnesses the power of ‘Sound’ for contactless payments. RetailPod is one product of ToneTag, which can be converted into mini ATMs and also enables contactless payment acceptance on POS terminal/EDC machines using sound wave technology. ToneTag a secured global technology solution provider, which through sound wave technology enables payments and proximity customer engagement services on any device, independent of the instrument or infrastructure. It has enhanced the customer experience across different avenues be it payments, retail, and mobility.
Oxigen Services India, a payments solutions provider, has launched a Mini ATM device that also acts as a mobile point of sale (PoS) terminal, OxiShaan. According to the company, the device will allow people in rural areas to withdraw money from their bank accounts without visiting the bank or an ATM.
(This listicle has not been compiled or written by DataQuest Editors)