RBI introduces MANI to facilitate visually impaired Indians to identify currency notes

Users can scan the currency note using their mobile phone camera and get an audio output in both Hindi and English to know the denomination.

RBI introduces MANI to facilitate visually impaired Indians to identify currency notes

RBI Governor Mr Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday launched a new mobile app – MANI (Mobile Aided Note Identifier) to aid millions of visually challenged people in India to help identify new currency notes after demonetisation.

Post-November 2016, a series of new currency notes were introduced under the 'Mahatma Gandhi Series' in denominations of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000. However, it was brought to light that visually impaired persons were finding it difficult to distinguish between the new currency notes. The app was launched as an answer to this challenge.

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How does it work? 

The app is available on both the Android Playstore and the iOS App Store and is free to download. The users can scan the currency using their mobile phone camera linked to the mobile app. The app provides an audio output in both Hindi and English to let the user know the denomination. 

Once installed, the app works offline too. It, however, does not authenticate the currency as genuine or counterfeit. 

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What are the features of the app?

The app will be able to detect a banknote not only from both the front and reverse side but will also be able to identify half folded notes, held at different angles and in varying light conditions, including low light.

Other than Hindi and English, the app also provides a response in a non-sonic or vibration mode to assist those with both hearing and vision impairment.

One of the best features of the app is its ability to access and navigate the mobile app on voice commands as long as the phone and operating system support voice-enabled controls.

India is home to over 40 million visually impaired people and this technological progress helps improve accessibility to currency and facilitates day-to-day transactions for them.

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