Hardware fault takes out ATMs

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By  Published  September 15, 2006

A hardware failure in the network that links ATM machines to banks and each other meant that many people in the UAE were unable to access their accounts for a period of several hours.

Although the Central Bank’s network was not affected, a crucial component that allows banks to gain access to it failed on September 6. This meant that anyone wanting to use a cash machine from a bank other than the one where they held their account was unable to do so.

The switch, which connects around 40 different banks, was out of order for around three hours while repair work was taking place.

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