RBI unveils mobile app MANI for visually impaired to identify currency notes

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das unveiled a mobile app specifically designed to help visually-impaired people in identifying the denomination of currency notes.


With the help of this app, the visually challenged people will be able to identify the denomination of a currency note, the RBI said. The application also functions offline post installation , the central bank added.

Users will be able to freely download the app, called ‘MANI’ (Mobile Aided Note Identifier), from Android Playstore or iOS App Store. The application has the power to scan the currency notes with the help of the camera fitted in mobile phone. It also provides audio output in Hindi and English.

The central bank introduced several new currency notes, under ‘Mahatma Gandhi Series’, with major changes in the sizes and designs after the demonetisation in November 2016.

Under the new series, banknotes of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 were released in the past couple of years.

However, the RBI also said the app does not authenticate a note as either genuine or counterfeit.

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