What the OeNB Test Center does

The OeNB Test Center tests

  • Cash authentication devices with and without counting capability,
  • Customer-operated machines,
  • Staff-operated machines, and
  • Coin counting and sorting machines

The Test Center cooperates with international manufacturers, national agencies and the European Central Bank (ECB) in performing equipment tests.

Equipment tests

  • Equipment tests according to Eurosystem testing procedures (free of charge);
  • Long-term tests of equipment that has passed the counterfeit detection test (free of charge);
  • Tests of customer- and staff-operated machines (on the manufacturers’ premises);
  • Equipment tests are evaluated and the results are published on the Internet;
  • Euro banknote processing and recycling is monitored with a view to assessing the circulation quality of euro banknotes and initiating any measures that might be required to improve their quality.

Cooperation with international manufacturers, national agencies and the ECB

  • The Test Center tests new banknote authentication sensor technology in cooperation with manufacturers;
  • It cooperates with national authorities (e.g. the Federal Ministry of the Interior);
  • It is represented in the ECB working groups tasked with banknote issues.