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007 would like this safety deposit box
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (1/28/11)--The new Sunova CU branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba features a safety-deposit-box vault that would do 007 proud. All that’s missing is the James Bond theme song. The vault includes some of the latest in high-tech security--features such as a window that frosts over to ensure privacy as the member steps in and a biometric scanner that reads fingerprints. Sunova associate Scott Davey said the company that installed the units--Gunnebo Canada--told the credit union Sunova is the first financial institution in North America to get the boxes (Winnipeg Free Press Jan. 25). Members aren’t required to sign a ledger and they don’t need a key or a teller with a duplicate key to open the compartment where the box is stored. Instead, box owners use a debit card to enter the vault, which is accessed through the ATM lobby. Inside, members insert their card into a computer terminal, and enter their personal identification number. Then, the member inserts his or her finger into the biometric scanner to confirm his or her identity, and a robotic arm behind the wall retrieves the deposit box and sets it on a small table below the computer terminal. A door slides open, and members can access their box. When they’re finished, they push a button and the door slides shut. The robotic arm returns the box to its compartment, and the member retrieves his or her debit card. Because an employee no longer needs to be present, members can access their safety deposit box at any time. Davey said the new vault has been getting rave reviews since the branch opened last week. “People are very impressed. They absolutely love it,” he said. “A few people have said ... it’s very James Bond-ish.”
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