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PROPOSED ADA ATM ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES ALLOW GREATER FLEXIBILITY

 PROPOSED ADA ATM ACCESSIBILITY
 GUIDELINES ALLOW GREATER FLEXIBILITY
 NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- "We are pleased that the revised ATM accessibility guidelines proposed by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board give greater flexibility to financial institutions to meet the needs of all consumers, including those with disabilities," said Gregg A. Searle, general manager of InterBold(TM). "The board's recommendation is in agreement with the industry's long-standing efforts in deploying ATMs that are accessible by persons with disabilities."
 The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB) has recommended that ATMs provide either a front or side reach to meet the accessibility guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The recommendation resolves questions over the guidelines, which the ATBCB previously ruled require both a front and side reach for ATMs.
 The proposed ruling gives financial institutions greater flexibility in complying with the ADA. Allowing either side or front reach generally permits the highest operable part on the ATM to be 54 inches from the ground, as opposed to the 48-inch limit when both front and side reach were required. The 54-inch standard maintains accessibility for persons with disabilities while providing leeway when installing ATMs, particularly with through-the-wall machines where inside and outside floor levels often vary.
 InterBold's complete line of i Series(TM) ATMs can be installed to comply with the proposed ADA accessibility guidelines. In addition, many older model InterBold, Diebold and IBM ATMs have already been adjusted to comply with the 54-inch, side-access guideline. InterBold's installed base represents approximately 64 percent of the 83,000 ATMs in the United States.
 "Over the past several months, members of the board and the financial community have done an outstanding job of thoroughly studying the issues involved through public hearings and expert analysis," Searle said. "We are pleased the board's recommendation recognizes the commitment of the industry to all disabled consumers. We at Diebold and InterBold have long shared in that commitment."
 The ATBCB's recommendation will be published in the Federal Register on Sept. 8 and followed by a 30-day comment period. "However, we don't anticipate any major changes to the recommendation, since the issue has been thoroughly examined through an extensive comment process and public hearing," Searle said.
 InterBold is the self-service banking joint venture between Diebold, Incorporated and International Business Machines Corporation. Headquartered in North Canton, Ohio, InterBold develops and markets ATMs and advanced self-service terminals and systems for the current and future needs of the financial services industry.
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