Cash degradation – how it’s done
At the moment, two forms of cash degradation are available for cash boxes. The most well-known and traditional is cash degradation with ink. An alternative solution is degrading with High Energy.
An ink staining system sprays coloured ink over the banknotes in the cash cassettes. This will stain a part of each banknote. The ink (usually green, blue, red, pink or black) spreads across the banknotes from the outside inward. Manufacturers claim the ink is indelible and permanent. Some ink staining systems have an integrated DNA marker that allows for police to link banknotes to a corresponding attack. Rightful owners of the degraded banknotes can (in most countries and under certain conditions) be reimbursed by the national bank. Note: in CIT processes that work with seal bags, ink systems have a major challenge to bypass these sealbags and get the ink on the notes… Our experts are happy to tell you more about this.
The best-known alternative to ink is the use of so-called High Energy degradation. Heat first melts the seal bag(s) in the cash box. Subsequently, the existing notes are damaged by the heat in such a way that the physical properties (size and weight) of the notes are irreversibly changed. Half or scorched notes can never be used as legal tender again. They are clearly recognizable as worthless and will not be accepted by any human or automatic payment system. However, the denomination of the notes (and the authenticity) remains recognizable, so that they can be exchanged at the national bank in most countries – under certain conditions.
Choosing a cash degradation method and solution
If you want to deploy a form of cash degradation in your operation, you’ll start with choosing for one of the available methods. Subsequently, you have to make a choice between available systems from different suppliers. Not quite a simple task. There are many things to take into account. Please note the 5 most important considerations below (in random order).
- Banknote degradation: distinctive and irreversible
- Flexibility in operation
- Health & Safety
- Certification and local legislation
- Price & TCO
Mactwin wrote a whitepaper, extensively covering these 5 considerations. CIT companies and their service parties can request this whitepaper, free of charge, on our website: https://mactwincashsecurity.com/whitepaper-cash-degradation-cit/