Armenian Card to deploy BPC’s SmartVista

28 August 2008

BPC, a leading provider of e-payment solutions for the global financial business announced the beginning of a new SmartVista implementation project in the leading Armenian processing company Armenian Card (ArCa). The deployed solution will provide monitoring and management of the nation-wide self-service network of the processor including ATMs and currency exchange terminals.

Armenian Card (ArCa) is the leading payment card processor in the Armenian Republic. The company was established in 2000 by the Central bank of Armenia to issue and acquire cards of the national payment scheme - Armenian Card, to provide third party processing services for the MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Int. payment cards and support e-commerce operations. At present the company serves 20 commercial banks in Armenia managing almost the whole card infrastructure of the country.

Having faced the problem of lack of performance and poor integrity of the switching solution used by the company, ArCa management decided to implement a modern technology and high performance front-end solution to support its extended ATM and self-service network. ArCa highly valued the functionality and reliability of BPC’s SmartVista Front-End solution and chose it to modernise its transaction switching system.

The broad functionality and high performance of SmartVista, its scalability and ability to support all the modern payment and banking services available via self-service terminals will allow ArCa to ensure undisturbed operation of its self-service network and high availability of all the services provided by the company and to significantly expand the range of the self-service options in the future. Besides, SmartVista Front-End offers a wide spectrum of interfaces for online interaction with ATMs, POS devices, self-service terminals, payment schemes and other delivery channels and IT solutions making IT infrastructure built on it universal and allowing the customer to use any self-service devices regardless of their configuration and manufacturer.

Presently to raise the economic performance of the processing centre is possible only through the implementation of modern technologies like SmartVista, which supports all the necessary tools for efficient handling of large ATM and self-service networks and support of all the modern services for the successful business development and this was duly recognized by ArCa.

“Taking into consideration that Armenian Card is a multi bank processing centre, while selecting the processing solution we paid special attention to the opportunity of remote management of both the whole self-service network and separate devices”, underlined Shagen Hovhannisyan, Managing Director, Armenian Card. “It was the convenience and flexibility of the ATMs and other devices handling through a modern web-interface together with high fault tolerance, performance and scalability which defined our choice of SmartVista”.

“Implementation of a switching system based on SmartVista is the best solution for customers who would like to take full advantage of SmartVista Front-End superior performance and flexibility to enhance their on-line real-time processing power whilst retaining their back-office card management environment” comments Faris Al-Mashta, Business Development Director, BPC. “BPC has great experience in similar projects which will allow us to quickly realise all of the Armenian card’ tasks.”

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