‘Currency App’ for better public education

Giesecke and Devrient, a German company specializing in cash handling systems, has launched “Currency App,” which allows worldwide central banks to promote their banknote issues to the public in an interactive manner.

The app presents banknote features in high resolution. Touching areas of interest provides users with a detailed view and specific explanation. Tactile structures – such as raised intaglio printing – are simulated by the user’s smartphone vibrating when the corresponding areas of the banknote are touched. Tilting the phone allows dynamic effects such as the colour of a security thread, watermarks and see-through elements to become visible. Links to YouTube channels, social media accounts and other online media can be integrated.

“Educating the public about the design and security features of a new banknote series is vital for broad acceptance and to ward off counterfeiters,” reads the company’s website. “Thanks to our Currency App, central banks can show and explain all features in an interactive and captivating manner. The smartphone app supports a holistic, multi-channel approach to raise the public’s awareness.”

The company is currently seeking central banks to begin using its app. The Central Bank of Swaziland is one of the first banks to sign on to the platform.

For more information, visit currency-technology.gi-de.com/currency-app.

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