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Omdurman National Bank, Sudan uses CR2 software to launch first ATMs in Sudan

Dublin, 15th August 2005 - CR2, a global provider of channel banking software solutions, has today announced that Omdurman National Bank in Sudan has successfully launched and implemented the first ATMs in Sudan.

The bank now has rolled out their first 10 ATMs in the capital city, Khartoum, and will roll out a further 12 throughout the country including Port Sudan and Wad Medini.

Omdurman National Bank was founded in 1993 and provides banking services for both retail and corporate clients. It has seen its profits rise significantly in the past few years to become one of the leading banks in Sudan. ONB currently has 20 branches, with 6 additional branches being added this year.

ONB have licensed BankWorld ATM Client, Controller and Distributor. ATM Client allows ONB brand its ATMs in the same manner as other channels. BankWorld Controller provides ATM fault diagnostics thus reducing maintenance call-out costs. With BankWorld Distributor, ATM administration is streamlined by allowing software updates to be executed remotely and at a time that the ATMs are least likely to be in use.

Mr Ahmed Musa, General Manager, Omdurman National Bank said "The multimedia style of BankWorld ATM Client allows ONB to upload graphics and banners to promote some of our other products and services. This will provide us with additional revenue generating opportunities."

The bank also signed a further contract for a Point of Sale terminal management system to run alongside the existing BankWorld solution. This will allow the bank's customers to pay for goods and services using their ATM debit card.

"With this approach to automation, ONB has further consolidated its market leadership and share in Sudan," said Kieran Kilcullen, Sales and Marketing Director, CR2. "Omdurman National Bank is one of the leading banks in Sudan. It is known for its innovation and leadership style and plans to further consolidate its market leadership status by investing in the latest technology. ONB has already contracted SMS banking for the next phase of its extensive project."

Mr Jamal Sabra, Global Consultancy, CR2's partner in Sudan is actively involved in the project. "The CR2 solution is extremely flexible", he said. "Now the ATM channel has been implemented, we are pursuing an aggressive expansion of electronic channels."