The aim of the project was to withdraw money from an ATM through a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone using a J2ME application in the mobile phone for accessing the ATM.

A group of students from Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology (NMAMIT), Nitte, has developed an application for money transactions with an ATM through a mobile phone using Bluetooth.

The aim of the project was to withdraw money from an ATM through a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone using a J2ME application in the mobile phone for accessing the ATM. It aimed at replacing use of ATM (credit and debit) cards.

While Rakesh Joshi, lecturer, guided the group, the students who participated in the project were Manohara P, Nithin P.S., Sunil Kumar Aithal, and Sanjay Kumar.

Sanjay told The Hindu that the group used a desktop computer as an ATM. The application allows the user to pay a shopkeeper from a mobile phone. (The recipient must have Bluetooth and the application on his computer.) He said the idea was not new but the group had done the application differently by using Bluetooth.

The software included two modules. One was a mobile application in J2ME, which acted as a client and was to be used by the customers of the bank. The application allowed the customer to detect the server via Bluetooth and log into his account using a security code and mobile number.

He withdraws money from his particular account using this mobile application. Two, there is a desktop application in Java and it acts as a server. It reads the security code, mobile number, and searches the database for a specific account. If the account is found, it deducts the amount requested by the customer and updates the database. Otherwise, it sends an error message.

The project can be modified easily, said the group members. Future changes could be implemented such as peer-to-peer mobile transactions and storage of money in mobile phones.

The application can be downloaded within seconds. At present, however, it is not online, said Sanjay, one of the group members. But security concerns are there during transactions. Future development of the application might overcome such issues, said the members.

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