Absa adds nanotechnology solution to disinfect ATMs

Jamie McKane

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Absa adds nanotechnology solution to disinfect ATMs

Absa has announced that it has intensified efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus at its ATMs by applying a "nanotechnology solution" to its machines.

“Many South Africans depend on access to cash daily and accessing it in a safe and hygienic manner through Absa ATMs nationwide is now a reality," said Absa RBB Managing Executive for Physical Channels Tshiwela Mhlantla.
 

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Considering various transmission routes of coronavirus (that is, via cough or respiratory droplets, or biofluids)5, one approach to fight against the virus is through preventing its dissemination by means of disinfecting air, skin or surrounding surfaces (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1: Nanotechnology-based viral disinfectants work against SARS-CoV-2 by preventing viral dissemination on air, surfaces and protective equipment.
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Nanomaterials can be used to promote surface oxidation by releasing toxic ions and therefore preventing viral dissemination by inhibiting binding/penetration of viral particles, either by generation of reactive oxygen species and/or photothermal-based reactions such as heat that destroy viral membranes. NPs, nanoparticles; ROS, reactive oxygen species; UV, ultraviolet.
 

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atm are not working most of the time lol

Maybe fix that first?
Since they're not working, they're already preventing the spread of COVID: no one will go use their machines and leave the virus behind. These bank folk are more clever than we give them credit for...
 

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What's the difference between dirty money or a dirty ATM?

Nothing.
 

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they should put these on Capitec ATM's, everywhere I go there's like 6 people queued at ABSA, 5 at Standard Bank, 2 at Nedbank, 10 at FNB and 350 at Capitec lol.
 
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