MILAN, Italy, July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- One of Italy's largest banks deployed a custom application created by Diebold's Agilis Power(R) software toolkit as the standard for its more than 1,300 multivendor automated teller machines (ATMs). One of the world's 100 largest banks, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) chose Diebold's solution to power its ATM network. The project covers the bank's entire network and is currently being rolled out. More than 500 of the bank's ATMs are already operating with Diebold's Agilis Power. Diebold redesigned the bank's self-service distribution architecture with the help of its cross-vendor software platform. The platform enables the ATMs, which are supplied by three different vendors, to provide Web-based advanced functionalities in an integrated multichannel environment. The solution provides maximum flexibility, enabling BNL to develop and implement new services across its branches, home-banking and call-center channels with enhanced efficiency and savings on operational costs. The bank recently demonstrated the advantages of Agilis Power during Diebold's 2005 Customer Convention, "Enhanced Self Service for Multichannel Integration," held in Milan on April 14. Diebold's Agilis Power is part of its Agilis(R) family of ATM software. An open, cross-vendor software platform, Agilis allows multiple vendors' terminals and their respective technologies to co-exist. Software engineers can use the Agilis Power toolkit to develop custom applications. The flexibility of the toolkit enables Diebold to meet the specific and individual needs of each financial institution. And it also enables financial institutions to realize economies of scale, as they need only implement Diebold's single solution to power their entire ATM fleets. Danilo Rivalta, managing director for Diebold Italy, said Agilis Power enables Diebold to meet the diverse needs of today's financial institutions. "This implementation demonstrates Diebold's ability to meet the needs of the most demanding ATM network architecture by providing a software solution that can power terminals from multiple vendors," Rivalta said. "Agilis Power also meets the needs of our customers in a multichannel integrated environment, while supporting today's Web-based applications and integrating a variety of network management systems. We are particularly proud of how this project illustrates the versatility of Agilis, which enables our customers to do more at the ATM channel while renewing their retail banking services." Diebold's Agilis Power already enables more than 1,000 multivendor ATMs across Italy to deliver advanced functionalities to consumers. Among these are Diebold's Opteva(R) ATMs, which were recently recognized by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) with its ATM Security Best Technology Award. About Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) is one of the largest banking groups in Italy and ranks among the 100 largest banks worldwide. In the service of society and the business community since its inception, BNL offers competitive, custom-made solutions to meet the banking and financial needs of households, enterprises and public-sector organisations. Founded in 1913, BNL has played a key role in Italy's growth and in the development of the country's social and cultural life. Today, the bank's capital is owned by leading Italian and foreign banking groups and insurers, major institutional investors and about 300,000 individual investors. For more information about BNL, visit http://www.bnl.it. About Diebold Diebold, Incorporated is a global leader in providing integrated self- service delivery systems, security and services. Diebold employs more than 14,000 associates with representation in nearly 90 countries worldwide and is headquartered in North Canton, Ohio, USA. Diebold reported revenue of $2.4 billion in 2004 and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "DBD." For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.diebold.com. In Italy, Diebold delivers products and services via Diebold Italia S.p.A. and Sersi Italia S.p.A. With a total of 350 employees, Diebold Italia operates three hardware and software research and development centers and includes a widespread network for technical assistance. For more information about Diebold Italia, visit http://www.diebold.com/italy.
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