GRG Banking equipment passed ECB tests

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The European Central Bank announced the successful testing of GRG Banking equipment.

The entire line of GRG Banking equipment for cash identification (ATMs, electronic cashiers and banknote sorter) had been successfully tested according to the test procedure of the European Central Bank.

The purpose of the testing is to check the ability of the equipment to authenticate genuine euro banknotes, counterfeit and non-payment banknotes, fitness sorting.

The following GRG Banking equipment passed tests:

ECB GRG Banking
  • CM100V desktop banknote sorter 1 + 1 pocket
  • CM200V desktop banknote sorter 2 + 1 pocket
  • CM400 desktop banknote sorter 4 + 1 pocket
    • CM300 - 3+1 pocket
    • CM600 - 6+1 pocket
    • CM800 - 8+1 pocket
    • CM-NLU-G1 - СM400 serieas with notes cassette loading unit
  • E800L (and modifications E800LR) compact recycler.
  • H34N (and modifications H34ND, H34NC, H34NL, H34NLR, H48ND) - cash-in / cash-out ATMs.
  • H68N (and modifications H68NX, H68NL, H68NLR) ATM with cash recycling.
  • P2801 (and modifications P2800L, P2800, P2801L, P2801N, P2801NL, P2802, P2802L, P2803, P2803L) intelligent deposit machine.
  • BA-08 - used in a number of devices GRG Banking.

Procedures for testing banknote handling machine types

The European banking system has established the common test procedure for different types of banknote handling machines. These tests show the ability of the equipment to verify the authenticity of banknotes and to separate genuine euro banknotes from counterfeits (the “counterfeit detection test) and , if applicable, to sort euro banknotes according to their fitness for circulation (the “fitness detection test”). In addition, for customer-operated machines and the correct functioning of the tracing systems (the “tracing system test”) is verified.

The tests are conducted with collections of genuine and counterfeit euro banknotes as set out below. Consequently, the Euro system urges manufacturers to follow developments in the field of counterfeiting and regularly update their machines where necessary to help to ensure that newly occurring counterfeits can also be reliably detected. In addition to the initial tests checking the capacity of different types of banknote handling machine to classify and treat euro banknotes as laid down in Decision ECB/2010/14 (i.e. verification tests), the common test procedures provide for regular annual testing of the various types of banknote handling machine (i.e. annual tests) as well as additional ad hoc retesting upon invitation (i.e. retests). Moreover, under the common test procedures, any update of a type of banknote handling machine which has an impact on its core functionalities necessitates its retesting.

Counterfeit detection test

Counterfeit detection test is conducted with a standardized test deck, which is composed of genuine euro banknotes, representative counterfeits found in circulation and additional documents that have been manufactured by the Euro system to reproduce and include certain properties of euro banknotes.

Sample counterfeits mixed with euro banknotes are tested for all denominations, series, feeding orientations and options supported by the respective type of machine.

Banknote handling machines pass the test if: (a) none of the counterfeits or additional documents specified by the Euro system are classified as genuine euro banknotes (category 4a or 4b of Annex IIa or IIb to Decision ECB/2010/14); (b) at least 90% of the tested euro banknotes are classified as fit euro banknotes; and (c) all euro banknotes of those denominations and/or series not supported by the machine or fed into the machine in orientations not supported by it are rejected by the machine. In addition, the test is successful if, for customer-operated machines, no more than 1% of the euro banknotes are not sorted as genuine euro banknotes (categories 4a or 4b) and for customer-operated machines with customer tracing, at least 90% of the counterfeits1 and some additional documents as specified by the Euro system are classified in category 2 or 3 (Table 1) of Annex IIa to Decision ECB/2010/14.

The Euro system updates the test deck approximately every two months, to ensure that tests are carried out with counterfeits recently found in circulation.

Fitness detection test

Fitness detection test is conducted using a set of genuine euro banknotes with defects similar to those caused by daily use. Those euro banknotes are fed into the euro banknote handling machine in all feeding orientations supported by it. The test is passed if no more than 5% of the unfit euro banknotes are classified in category 4a of Annexes IIa or IIb to Decision ECB/2010/14.

Tracing system test

Tracing system test, which is conducted only for customer-operated machines, is passed if the banknote handling machine stores data on the account holder for all euro banknotes classified in categories 2 and 3 (Table 1) of Annex IIa to Decision ECB/2010/14 and reliably links all these euro banknotes to the data on the relevant account holder.

Publication of test results of successfully tested machines

Banknote processing devices that successfully passed the test will be in the list of the equipment recommended for use. Current list is available on the official NCB web-site.