Definition: Automated teller machine

ECB terminology

Electromechanical device that allows authorised users, typically using machine-readable physical cards, to withdraw cash from their accounts and/or access other services, allowing them, for example, to make balance enquiries, transfer funds or deposit money. A device allowing only balance enquiries does not qualify as an ATM. The ATM may be operated online, with a real-time request for authorisation, or offline (Regulation on payment statistics).

Electromechanical device allowing authorised cardholders, typically using machine-readable plastic cards, to withdraw cash from their accounts and/or access to other services, such as balance enquiries, transfer of funds or acceptance of deposits. A device allowing only balance enquiries does not qualify as an ATM. The following functions are reflected in the statistics: the "cash withdrawal function" allowing authorised users to withdraw cash from their accounts by using a card with a cash function; and the "credit transfer function" allowing authorised users to make credit transfers using a payment card (Guideline on monetary, financial institutions and markets statistics).
Source:
European Central Bank, Regulation (EU) No 1409/2013 of the European Central Bank of 28 November 2013 on payments statistics (ECB/2013/43), Official Journal of the European Union No L 352 of 24.12.2013
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