SARB Currency App
ClientSouth African Reserve Bank
The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) released a set of commemorative banknotes to celebrate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. The Reserve Bank required an augmented reality app that showcased the story of Madiba through the commemorative notes as well as educated the public about the features on banknotes. Sea Monster was chosen by SARB to create this app for them.
The app encourages users to explore, learn and discover everything about South African banknotes. The app can not only be used with the new commemorative banknotes but also the Mandela series banknotes. From design inspirations and the stories behind each banknote, to the technical, design and security features designed to protect against fraud, this app will take you on an educational journey across the South African banknotes.
The commemorative banknotes and the Mandela banknotes can be scanned in augmented reality to reveal the design, security and technical features of each note on each side. This part of the app is to educate the public on how to spot a counterfeit banknote.
The back of the commemorative notes can be scanned in augmented reality to reveal the story of Nelson Mandela, the notes take users on a journey from his humble beginnings in the Eastern Cape to the moment he was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. The app allows users to access the stories on all banknotes even if they just have one commemorative banknote to scan.
Another feature of the app is the SARB Banknotes Challenge game. You are a cashier and a customer has paid you in cash. Go through the banknotes and make sure they are genuine. For every correct answer you score points. Once all levels are completed the player has an option to play endless mode in which they can accept and deny banknotes based on their features until the timer runs out. The security features and rules for acceptable banknotes can be found in the understanding banknotes section of the app where all the design, security, technical and quality features of banknotes are explained using visuals, text and videos.