Thanks to a new partnership, EVRY will provide Finland’s Aktia Bank with the “entire value chain for card payments,” including virtual debit and credit cards for the bank’s digital, Aktia Wallet. The agreement is valued at $18.7 million (NOK 150 million) and will last for five years.
Christer Jonsson, SVP of Card for EVRY Financial Services referred to the deal as an expansion of the company’s current relationship with the bank. “Digitalization and new market entrants are creating a need for solutions to be even more personalized and customized,” Jonsson said. “We will help with this through our specialist expertise and thus create digital advantage for Aktia.”
The agreement with Aktia Bank calls for EVRY to deliver everything from physical credit and debit cards to services such as card administration, authorization processing, and transaction monitoring. Virtual cards are also an area of focus for the Finland-based bank, which will be among the first customers of EVRY’s new technology for digitizing cards on mobile devices. “We are working hard to offer new solutions that will make it easier for our customers to manage their finances on a day-to-day basis,” Director of Loans and Cards for Aktia Bank, Anton Tulikoura said, “and this collaboration with EVRY will help accelerate developments in this area.”
Delivering credit and debit cards to more than 100 card issuers in 12 countries, EVRY demonstrated its personal finance solution Spendific at FinovateEurope 2015. Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, the company processes up to 250 card transactions per second, issues 25 million cards each year, and monitors more than one billion card transactions every year as part of its fraud mitigation efforts.
Last month, EVRY announced a five-year, IT consulting partnership with Statoil, and extended its IT services agreement with the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. In August, Danish IT services firm Bankdata chose EVRY’s Cash Management solutions in a $3.75 million (NOK 30 million), three-year deal. And earlier this year, EVRY reported that it would continue IT infrastructure management for Sweden’s central bank, Sveriges Riksbank, for another two years. Björn Ivroth is EVRY’s CEO.