ICBC to switch ATM network to NCR's Aptra Edge

ICBC to switch ATM network to NCR's Aptra Edge

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), has selected NCR's Windows-based multi-vendor ATM software Aptra Edge to run on its network of more than 13,000 cash machines.

NCR says the bank is the first in China to license Aptra Edge. The software will be installed on different brands of CEN/XFS-compliant machines.

The system will enable the bank to develop and introduce new ATM services including mobile phone top-ups, cheque imaging and bill payments.

ICBC, which is the largest bank in China, has also signed a separate agreement to buy additional ATM units from NCR.

Separately, NCR has launched its European, Middle East and Africa ATM Centre of Software Expertise, which is designed help firms migrate ATM networks from OS/2 legacy operating systems to its Windows-based Aptra software.

The centre is coordinated from Italy and has service consultants operating in 30 countries. NCR says the centre will reduce the time to market for services as it will share software skills and components across borders.

Commenting on the UK market, Simon Rubin, vice president for Northern Europe, NCR, says by the end of the year 33% of ATMs will use Windows-based software, but this is expected to grow to over 90% in the next two years.

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