Drinking Water ATM Takes Mobile Payments in Kenya
Global pump company Grundfos and telecommunications firm Ericsson have joined forces to deliver a ATM water dispenser that takes mobile payments.
The Scandinavian collaboration involves the Grundfos AQtap, a water ATM that dispenses water and Ericsson’s M-Commerce Interconnect, which provides a hub to accept mobile payment services.
Deployed this week in Makueni county, Kenya, the system was implemented by World Vision UK and World Vision Kenya.
Water supply points in the past have been known to fail due to a lack of funds and capacity for operations and maintenance.