Habib Bank moves to Intel

Habib Bank AG Zurich chooses Intel solution to offer customers secure e-banking and WAP/GPRS services.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 6, 2003

Habib Bank AG Zurich has implemented a set of secure web and WAP-based e-banking solutions based on Intel technology. The project will enable customers to access the bank’s services via the Internet or use WAP/GPRS-enabled devices in a secure environment. While these services are over two years old, Habib Bank AG Zurich has recently ported its solution to Intel machines running Linux Virtual Servers (LVS) for scalability.

“We are already providing more than eight years of consolidated customer account history over our various integrated delivery channels” says Reza S. Habib, joint president at Habib Bank AG Zurich. “XML interfacing, cascading login management and over 75 options can be used to monitor and transact accounts.”

The bank will develop a single delivery channel for both routine and one-off transactions. Its HBZgsm event-based SMS messaging system will ‘push’ information to customers on specific events while its HBZweb and HBZwap will ‘pull’ services for actions such as funds transfer or opening letters of credit based on SMS messages.

"Intel is absolutely delighted to provide this trend-setting bank with the technology that brings cutting-edge solutions to its customers,” says Gilbert Lacroix, general manager, Intel Middle East and North Africa. “Our technology continues to present cost effective ways to bring the benefits of convenience to people in the Middle East, and we continue to invest heavily in research, development and factories to bring affordable computing power to allow the public greater convenience," he adds.

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