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Fri 1 Jun 2007 12:00 AM

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Level Four bridges ATM app gap

Solutions help NBD migrate to new ATM technology.

Level Four is to supply ATM application testing solutions to National Bank of Dubai (NBD) as the bank prepares to upgrade the technology used in its network in order to offer better services.

The software vendor supplies technologies that enable banks to build, test and monitor applications for their ATM networks, resulting in a quicker time to market for new applications.

Issa Keshak, regional director MENA, Level Four, said: "We've signed a major contract with them that takes into account the new technologies they have adopted. They have decided to migrate their technologies and adopt newer Windows-based, XFS based open standards technology on their ATM network and we have signed a contract with them to help them with their ATM application testing in that new environment."

He added that many banks in the region were moving away from using software solutions tied to their ATM hardware and were adopting open standards-based architecture to allow them more freedom in the applications they can run.

"With the adoption of Windows at the ATM, banks have a choice," said Keshak. "They are no longer reliant on a specific hardware vendor to get their software applications." Keshak was speaking at the Cards and Payments Middle East conference, organised by Terrapinn, which was held in Dubai last month.

Level Four also used the exhibition to launch its new ATM solution, BRIDGE, in the Middle East. BRIDGE allows deployers to run and control their ATM applications from network servers rather than on an ATM device itself, enabling content to be integrated to the network quickly and inexpensively.

There are currently 10 Middle East banks using Level Four solutions, and the solutions provider covers 90% of the ATMs in operation in Saudi Arabia, including those used by the bank with the largest ATM network, Al Rajhi Bank.

Keshak said: "They were able to grow that network of ATMs from 500 to 1,500 in a year because they relied on Level Four solutions to automate the entire process of ATM application testing."

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