The currency reader device, called iBill Currency Identifier, provides a convenient means for blind or visually impaired individuals to identify all Federal Reserve notes (U.S. currency) in circulation. iBill uses a single, AAA battery which is included. The denomination can be announced in one of three ways: a clear natural voice, a pattern of tones, or a pattern of vibrations for privacy. The vibration mode also assists people who are deaf and blind.
In September, the BEP launched a four-month pilot program where existing patrons of the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) are eligible to pre-order currency readers. The pilot program provided an opportunity for the government to test its ordering and distribution process, and gauge demand for currency readers in advance of the January 2015 national rollout. The BEP will begin shipping readers to NLS patrons who pre-ordered a reader during the pilot program in December 2014.
Please direct questions or comments about the U.S. Currency Reader Program to the BEP toll-free number (844-815-9388) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the U.S. Currency Reader Program and the BEP’s meaningful access initiative is available at www.bep.gov.
Source : Vending market watch , 19th Nov 2014