Starting today (June 11), anyone interested in the virtual currency can stop by the Townhouse Tel Aviv hotel, on the corner of the city’s trendy Rothschild Boulevard, to buy or sell the crypto-currency on the go.
Tel Aviv’s first Bitcoin ATM, located at the Bitcoin Embassy, is a one-way Lamassu vending machine that allows users to anonymously purchase the digital cash. The Robocoin machine, which is being brought into Israel by Bitbox, allows two-way transactions.
Robocoin says its machines have security features built in to prevent theft and fraud that are compliant with anti-money laundering regulations.
Israel boasts one of the world’s most active Bitcoin communities in the world and has some two dozen startups creating tools to allow the virtual currency to be used in all kinds of real-time transactions.
“Bitcoin is experiencing a massive growth-trend in Israel but until now all transactions must either be carried out through a bank, with a lot of bureaucratic hurdles involved, or through trading with private individuals which can be unreliable and raise questions of trustworthiness,” Nimrod Gruber, CEO of Bitbox, told Green Prophet blog.