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Australia's largest ATM equipment and services deal inked for Armaguard and its subsidiary ITS

  • 04 March, 2008 06:50

<p>Sydney, 4 March 2008 – ITS, Australia’s leading provider of ATM services , today confirmed that it has secured a A$250 million, five year contract with Cashcard Australia through its parent company Armaguard for the provision of end-to-end ATM equipment and services. The agreement will see ITS deliver an estimated 6,000 ATMs with the latest technology across the country, improving both the cost of ownership for Australia’s largest independent ATM network operator and ease of use for thousands of everyday Australian ATM transactions.</p>
<p>This new agreement upgrades the existing five year ATM maintenance services contract signed with Cashcard Australia in 2001.</p>
<p>As part of this new arrangement, the Cashcard ATM network will replace the majority of its existing ATM models from multiple manufacturers with Wincor Nixdorf ATMs, the first ATM manufacturer to be officially accredited by the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA). The Wincor Nixdorf ATMs conform to global security standards, and provide greater deterrents in the area of personal fraud with enhanced personal identification number (PIN) security. The first order for new ATMs has been received by ITS and implementation is expected to commence in March.</p>
<p>For ITS’ CEO, Mr. Barry Dow, the deal is a highly strategic win for all parties.</p>
<p>“For everyday Australians relying on ATMs for over 72 million transactions¹ each month, the latest security technology incorporated into a Wincor Nixdorf ATM is expected to assist them in avoiding credit and debit card fraud currently running at millions of dollars annually,” Dow outlined.</p>
<p>“For an ATM network operator such as Cashcard, this is a milestone moment which allows them to streamline hardware and service providers with multiple contracts and develop a new standard for ATM services. Armaguard will become the first company to provide a single point of contact for hardware, software, cash management, funding and management, complete line maintenance and relevant site security and alarm planning. With a lower total cost of ownership we would expect to see them benefit from immediate cost savings and planned revenue generation,” he continued.</p>
<p>Mr Dow further commented, “For ITS and its parent company Armaguard this is truly a showcase opportunity. The market will be better able to understand our combined strengths and unique end-to-end offering for a wide range of retailers and financial institutions. We believe that this model is also our springboard to developing ATM networks in rapid ATM deployment areas such as the Middle East and Asia.”
ITS and Wincor Nixdorf have established a local Research and Development facility in Sydney to facilitate staff and customer training, ongoing product development and customisation projects for hardware and software requirements.</p>
<p>“We have established a true partnership with ITS,” outlined Mr. K. H. Lim, CEO Wincor Nixdorf Singapore.</p>
<p>“Our plan is to implement a technology transfer program with our local representatives and ensure that they remain accredited in leading ATM technology and servicing, which we believe ITS are the most appropriate partner for. It is a proud moment when we expand our presence in key global markets such as Australia.”</p>
<p>Ends</p>
<p>Editor’s note: photographs of Barry Dow of ITS and Wincor Nixdorf ATMs available on request.</p>
<p>About Armaguard
Armaguard, a Linfox company, is Australia’s leading cash logistics and currency management company servicing both the financial services and retail markets. It provides cash transport, cash processing, funding, cash management and alarm monitoring services to both financial institutions and retail markets.</p>
<p>About ITS
ITS is a subsidiary of Armaguard and provides end-to-end ATM equipment and services capabilities. It is Australasia’s largest ATM service and support company and currently maintains over 50% of all Australian installed ATMS. The company is headquartered in Sydney.</p>
<p>About Wincor Nixdorf
Wincor Nixdorf is a leading global provider of IT solutions and services to the retail and banking industry. Wincor Nixdorf has a presence in over 90 countries, with its own subsidiary companies in 36 of these. Wincor Nixdorf is the leader in Europe and the number three in the world for programmable electronic point of sales systems and the number two in Europe and number three worldwide for automated teller machines.</p>
<p>For further information please contact:</p>
<p>Cathryn van der Walt
12 Worlds
T: +61 (0)402 327 633
E: cathryn@12worlds.com</p>
<p>¹ Based on RBA statistics at 12 December 2007.</p>

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