Financial Services (105)
The ATM that greases your palm
In Japan, the Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank will offer card free ATM machines. Using only your pin code and your birthdate, the ATM will scan the palm of your hand to verify your identity. The bank offers this service to make sure you can always withdraw money, whether you forgot your wallet, you lost your card or you’ve been caught in a natural disaster.
Why it matters
The Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank is looking at new techniques to solve a problem caused by everyday (and extraordinary) misfortunes. What natural barriers in our services can we remove to optimize our service?
The German weekly newspaper ‘Die Zeit’ published an online calculator and infographic generator that shows the management efficiency of various football clubs. For example, it calculates how much a goal in the Premier League costs or how much a single successful pass is worth by taking the club’s spending budget into account.
Launched in January, Promobilletes sells public transportation tickets in Barcelona at discounted rates of 10 to 50 per cent thanks to sponsorship from advertisers.
As well as benefiting travellers, the brands sponsoring the tickets gain exposure on the Promobilletes website and can send personalized notes out with the tickets to travellers making purchases.
Promobilletes brings commuters respite from increasing ticket prices while giving advertisers an opportunity to generate considerable exposure.