State Bank of Mauritius has chosen technology from Compaq and ACI Worldwide to support transaction processing for the bank's new EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) smart cards.
The bank will use Compaq's NonStop Himalaya S-Series server to power its new Base24 e-payment processing software from Compaq partner ACI Worldwide.
SBM will also use Compaq and ACI technology to integrate its automated teller machine (ATM) and point of sale (POS) processing operation. The bank has a network of 85 ATMs and 1200 POS, from which it processes an average of 650,000 ATM and 100,000 POS transactions per month. The bank will now consolidate all of its offshore e-payment processing activities in India, Madagascar and Rodrigues Island to its central hub in Mauritius, where 40 local branches are already hooked on.
Sailesh Sewpaul, team leader of online services for SBM, says: "We evaluated competitors on the Unix and NT platform but our preference goes to the NonStop Himalaya with regards to scalability, performance and value for money."
Compaq will provide the bank with local 24/7 support for the NonStop Himalaya S-7400 server, training for SBM staff and disaster protection and recovery capabilities using Compaq Remote Database Facility (RDF) software.