A group of Greek developers have launched an app to help people find out which nearby ATM has cash in it.
The new app tells people where the nearest ATM is, and, most importantly right now, whether there is any money in it. It looks like the app updates this in real time too, telling people whether they can get €20 or €50 from a cash machine.
According to a Greek Huffington Post article, three Greek developers, Dimitris Chatzieleftheriou, Harry Spentzas and Christos Kritikos, came up with the idea shortly after capital controls were put in place in the country at the end of June.
The controls came in to prevent people draining the banks dry for fear of losing their savings if Greece were to exit the euro following its bailout referendum. Banks shut down, and the amount people could withdraw from ATMs was limited to just €60 a day.
This led to long lines at cashpoints as people tried to access their money, with many running dry.
“Technically it was not difficult,” Chatzieleftheriou said. “It took us 1-2 days to prepare. The most demanding part was to find all ATMs in Greece and register them.”
The app is only available for Android right now, and will take a few more days to get approval on Apple’s App Store, according to the Huffington Post report.
Greek banks were initially supposed to be shut for the week of the referendum, and open again on Tuesday July 7, but capital controls are still in place. And while it looks like Greece might actually strike a deal with its creditors, after it submitted its latest bailout proposal to its European creditors ahead of a midnight deadline on Thursday, people are still panic-queuing at their banks’ ATMs across the country.
A report from last week suggested that the country only had €500 million in physical cash left, which is only guaranteed to last until Monday.