Akbank of Turkey Selects OTI Reader Products to Support Its Contactless Payments Program
Readers Installed at Selected Retail Locations including Carrefour Stores
Fort Lee, New Jersey, and Istanbul, Turkey, July 13, 2009 – On Track Innovations Ltd (OTI) (NASDAQ GM: OTIV), a global leader in contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions for homeland security, payments, petroleum payments and other applications, today announced that Akbank of Turkey, a leader in the growing Turkish Banking Industry, has selected OTI’s Saturn 6000 reader for its newly-launched MasterCard PayPass contactless program. The initial orders are for 3,500 readers with follow-on orders expected this year with readers installed at selected locations across the country such as Carrefour 23 stores.
Akbank’s newly-launched MasterCard PayPass credit card offers contactless solutions to its clients. Holders of the bank’s AxessExi26 and Axess cards, will enjoy the convenience of using contactless technology for all purchases under 35 Turkish Lira (around 20 USD) which will eliminate the burden of carrying and handling small change and of signing for their shopping.
OTI’s Saturn 6000 reader is stylishly designed, available in multiple colors with a large LCD display, allows for configurable images, and programmable lines of characters in multiple languages. Its plug-and-play design and small footprint allows for easy installation and multiple configurations – the reader can be placed on a countertop, be wall-mounted or lie flat. The Saturn 6000 reader supports major financial contactless programs including ISO 14443 Payment Implementation (EMVCo), MasterCard PayPass Mag Stripe and M/Chip (EMV), Visa PayWave MSD and qVSDC (EMV), American Express ExpressPay, Discover Zip, MIFARE, NFC and other proprietary systems.
Mine Könüman, Akbank Executive Vice President for payment systems said: “When the pilot project now underway is completed, we intend to expand the contactless technology to the entire range of our credit card products. Akbank’s aim is to increase its strength in all markets involving minor purchases through its contactless technology products.”
Oded Bashan CEO & Chairman of OTI said: “We are happy with the selection of OTI products by Akbank and are committed to provide excellent support. OTI is looking forward to continue and support the growing Turkish contactless payments market with range of contactless products.”
Established in 1990, OTI (NASDAQ- GM: OTIV) designs, develops and markets secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking, loyalty programs and secure campuses. OTI has a global network of regional offices to market and support its products. The company was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2005 and 2006 Company of the Year Award in the field of smart cards.
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With a strong and extensive distribution network throughout Turkey with over 860 branches and 15,000 employees, Akbank is a leader in consistently growing Turkish Banking Industry. Akbank’s strong capital base, stable deposit structure, ability to generate low-cost funding and robust growth in total assets have positioned Akbank among the most profitable financial services institutions across Europe. Some of the Akbank’s local subsidiaries are Ak Securities, Ak Asset Management and Ak Lease.