Diebold granted US patents for ATM control via cellphone

Diebold may have mobile to ATM communications sewn up with a slew of recently announced patents. Using either a cellphone or PDA, users will be able to perform a handful of banking chores from controlling the ATM with your cell via its keypad and screen to using it make payments in a store. A standout in the crowd is the ability to "order" cash from an ATM without ever having to swipe your card and therefore reduce the likelihood of somebody capturing your card's data or see you entering your PIN number. We'd love to be able to pickup a latte using our cellphone as the vehicle for payment, but pre-ordering cash from an ATM seems a wee bit scary -- specially in light of Diebold's voting machine troubles.