How Does an ATM Locator Work?


ATM locators pinpoint the locations of maps through directories or interactive maps, using data entered by the user to narrow the search. Some ATM locators utilize Bing or Google maps, which are populated by business owners and independent users, as well as automatic mapping systems that apply addresses.

In the case of high-detail digital map location methods, private companies and business owners populate and update the map regularly. ATM location programs that use this method simply reference locations off of their databases to the digital map, which provides the information found when entering search keywords into their systems.

Digital mapping systems are made by Bing and Google, using both publicly available listings and user-entered listings. These lists are not always disclosed to the public, providing these digital maps a edge over traditional maps, which often become outdated over the years. Digital maps also benefit from being able to show dynamic data, such as traffic and weather patterns.

Less sophisticated ATM location programs still use their databases to pinpoint ATMs in a given area. These listings are usually given as addresses with general distance measurements, and they only list those ATMs that fall within a certain range and meet the search criteria.