1. wout000's Avatar
    Came across this post today...
    To be honest, I was baffled to learn that ATMs are running on Win XP embedded. A QNX operating system makes sense doesn't it?
    ATMs need to be upgraded and I figure BlackBerry needs to step up and propose a QNX based iteration that provides security, stability and interoperability.

    95% of ATM machines still use Windows XP, and will be exposed to vulnerabilities after April 8

    The world's ATM machines will soon face a major issue on April 8th: The end of support for their operating system. According to BusinessWeek, 95 percent of active ATMs in the world, or nearly all of the 420,000 currently operating in the United States, run on Windows XP - a system which Microsoft is officially ending support for in under 90 days.

    Despite being one of the most frequently used consumer technologies in the world, many ATMs run on outdated operating systems. and with the April 8th deadline looming, their owners must make the upgrade. But this may be easier said than done for many of the machines, which run on outdated hardware that may struggle to keep up with a newer OS, like Windows 7. According to Suzanne Cluckey, the editor of ATM Marketplace, "A lot of ATMs will have to either have their components upgraded or be discarded altogether and sold into the aftermarketor just junked."

    The machines that aren't promptly upgraded could face significant security vulnerabilities as more and more weak points in the OS are uncovered. And while Microsoft promised to continue support for Microsoft Security Essentials until 2015, the operating system as a whole will still lack regular security patches - something which could end badly for the machines which thousands deposit cash into every day. Small shops which lack the resources available to larger businesses would be hit the hardest, as they're the slowest to change. And while consumers are protected under industry protections, those operating the machines will be hit the hardest by any malicious attacks.

    Hopefully ATM operators will heed these warnings and upgrade as soon as possible: The malware infection rate for Windows XP is already almost six times higher than Windows 8 systems, and despite pleas from the Chinese government for Microsoft to continue support, and a warning to the Indian banking industry that details 'major risks' if they don't switch operating systems, those less than tech-savvy operators may still see their ATMs face a significant threat.
    Source: 95% of ATM machines still use Windows XP, and will be exposed to vulnerabilities after April 8 - Neowin
    01-18-14 04:35 AM
  2. qbnkelt's Avatar
    That's scary. I visit an ATM almost daily.
    01-18-14 05:45 AM
  3. Saberhagen's Avatar
    I was thinking about this the other day. As everyone know that QNX is one of the most reliable kernels available. BlackBerry could make some huge profits by capitalizing on this oportunity by supplying secure and reliable software for the ATMs. This fits perfectly with their "going software" company strategy!

    Black cards, Black cars - all BlackBerry-thing!
    01-18-14 05:52 AM
  4. Pilot Prop's Avatar
    I would love to have QNX on ATMS. I use ATMS quite often.

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    01-18-14 08:06 AM
  5. early2bed's Avatar
    I'm not sure that dispensing cash and taking physical check deposits is a growth industry.

    Ever notice that video slot machines sometimes display Windows dialog boxes when they aren't working? It looks like some kind of 1990's Windows NT to me.
    01-18-14 08:16 AM
  6. ATMJOE's Avatar
    Interesting indeed.

    CB10. BlackBerry Z10
    01-18-14 08:23 AM
  7. wout000's Avatar
    I'm not sure that dispensing cash and taking physical check deposits is a growth industry.

    Ever notice that video slot machines sometimes display Windows dialog boxes when they aren't working? It looks like some kind of 1990's Windows NT to me.
    These windows versions are 'embedded' versions. They're basically a heavily modified version of a windows release that's designed to not be updated but just keep running stable as is for a prolonged period of time.

    Windows embedded products are everywhere, from digital billboards to ATMs to vending machines. This might not be a hugely profitable market, but creating one special QNX version that runs on a plethora of these devices is a minimal effort for BlackBerry with low costs and deploying it on these devices would be mostly profitable.

    I'm not saying huge profits, but profits nonetheless with little to none follow up and maintenance costs. Not to mention if they are allowed to somehow put a BlackBerry logo on those machines it's positive advertising

    Posted via CB10
    01-18-14 04:58 PM
  8. early2bed's Avatar
    How is that not a ton of custom legacy code to essentially duplicate the functionality of?
    01-18-14 05:18 PM
  9. BitPusher2600's Avatar
    That subject came up recently for me; I was b/s'ing with the guy at my credit union one morning who was out there exchanging the cash (I assume?) and was talking to him about it; apparently ours is powered by as/400. Meh.

    Posted from BitPusher's Q10
    01-19-14 01:35 AM

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