Biometric cereal dispenser wins WFP innovation award


A biometric vending machine to dispense grain directly to ration recipients has won a WFP Innovation Accelerator award as one of the best innovations to help prevent hunger, journal of education in india reports.

The “GrainATM”, also known as the Annapurti Automated Grain Dispensing Solution, can dispense subsidized grain allocations around the clock and has been developed with support from CO India, Government of India, Ministry of Consumption , Food and Public Distribution, the Department of Food and Public Distribution, and the WFP Innovation Accelerator.

Beneficiaries use their Aadhaar or ration card to request their eligibility using a built-in touchscreen, according to, and authenticate their identity with biometrics. The GrainATM can emit 70 kg of grain in as little as five minutes with negligible measurement error.

When the biometric vending machine was first developed, TechRepublic referred to GrainATM authentication users via a biometric fingerprint scanner.

The grain vending machines are being rolled out at fair price stores in Haryana and Odisha to provide monthly benefits from India’s public distribution system.

Ankit Sood, WFP India Supply Chain and PDS Unit Manager, described GrainATM as “an adaptable, modular and robust solution, ‘Annapurti’ has potential for use in food safety nets, emergency food grain distribution and improved market access for smallholders”. Farmers.”

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adhar | rewards | biometric authentication | biometrics | fingerprint biometrics | GrainATM | India | research and development | vending machine


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