The central bank of India, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched a mobile application to bring visually challenged people into the digital economy. The app named Mobile Aided Note Identifier or MANI helps visually challenged individuals figure out currency denominations. The app does not require internet connectivity to function.
The app, launched by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das comes with the capability of identifying the value of India’s “Matahtma Gandhi” series of banknotes – both old and new by scanning the front and back of the currency bills using the app. The app can check partially folded notes in ample light conditions as well.
RBI Governor @DasShaktikanta today launched a mobile application MANI (Mobile Aided Note Identifier) to aid visually impaired persons in identifying denomination of currency notes. The app can be freely downloaded from Android Play Store and iOS App Store— ReserveBankOfIndia (@RBI) January 1, 2020
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In addition, “MANI” also supports voice-assistance in Hindi and English language for in-app navigation and control.
Many social media users have welcomed the initiative.
It’s a new beginning in this new year. Hope RBI continues updating itself with changing times and become more progressive and inclusive. Would request RBI to develop an online app for people where by one can intimate on financial fraud and related areas for forensic analysis— Impatient Optimist (@JaydevDas19) January 1, 2020
Good initiative. It will be great if @RBI can also launch a mobile app to identify fake currency.— V K Jain (@veekay_jain) January 1, 2020
Both, Google Play and Apple’s App Store have listed the app for free download.
The app launch comes just days after India’s Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad took to Twitter and lobbied the need to switch to digital signatures.