With FinovateAsia just over a week away (and tickets still available!), you’ll forgive us for having fintech-in-Asia on our minds. But the news that NCR has signed a deal with the largest financial institution in India to deploy more than 7,000 ATMs throughout the country over the next seven years is a great reminder of India’s role in the growth of Asian fintech.
The $50 million agreement will help State Bank of India (SBI) expand its ATM network of more than 57,000 machines in more than 4,500 locations throughout the country. In their announcement, NCR emphasized that the SelfServ 22e ATMs were “conceptualized and ‘Made in India’ specifically for the Indian market” with high transaction-volume capacity and space-saving design geared toward use in underbanked communities in rural areas. To this end, the machines minimize power use and paper waste through low-energy LED lighting and fixed receipt lengths, as well.
The ATMs also feature NCR’s proprietary anti-skimming technology. “The ATM is increasingly becoming a global target for crime,” says Navroze Dastur, managing director of NCR India. He noted that the ability to defend against card data breaches and provide real-time notifications “will help SBI protect its brand reputation and strengthen consumer loyalty.”
With 2016 revenues of $41 billion and assets of $300 billion (2015), State Bank of India is a government-owned FI, founded in 1955, and based in Mumbai, Maharajahtra. SBI has more than 18,000 branches in India, and is one of the country’s largest employers with more than 290,000 workers on staff.
Founded in 1884 and headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, NCR demonstrated its Transaction Data Manager at FinovateSpring 2016. Last month, the company introduced its cloud-based developer portal, and unveiled its new business banking app. Also in October, NCR partnered with MX to launch a new data-driven money-management platform for FIs, NCR Money Management.