Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has helped develop a fully accessible smart phone app which will enable visually impaired people to locate ATMs more easily.

The LINK ATM Locator App has been launched today by LINK, the UK’s largest cash machine network.

TPT worked with LINK throughout the development process, providing detailed feedback to the developers at each stage to ensure it would be accessible and meet the needs of blind and partially sighted users.

We also organised extensive testing in order to ensure that the app would be fully accessible with VoiceOver and TalkBack screen readers on both iOS and Android platforms.

The app enables users with visual impairment and other disabilities to easily locate ATMs based on their access needs.

Users can filter their search to find ATMs that:

  • Have audio assistance
  • Are free to use
  • Belong to a specific organisation such as your bank
  • Are wheelchair accessible
  • Dispense £5 notes
  • Provide mobile phone top-up
  • Provide PIN management functionality

The app is GPS-enabled and well integrated with Google and Apple Maps, helping users navigate to their chosen ATM with ease.It shows you the ATMs that are closest to you on a map and also allows you to search for ATMs in other locations to help you plan ahead.

Users can get directions for walking, driving or taking public transport to the ATM, save their favourite ATMs and get advice and guidance for using ATMs.

Marsha de Cordova, Engagement and Advocacy Director at TPT, commented: “I am thrilled that LINK chose to engage and work with us on the development of their new app. It is vital that technology is accessible. LINK involved us at every stage of development ensuring accessibility remained a priority and they have been open to all of our suggestions and feedback. We hope other organisations follow in LINK’s footsteps to make sure apps are accessible to all.”

You can find information on how to download the app here.