Magazine article American Banker

EDS Installing Windows NT Branch System in N.C

Magazine article American Banker

EDS Installing Windows NT Branch System in N.C

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Centura Bank in North Carolina is buying a multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art branch automation system that will use Microsoft Corp.'s new software for running personal computer networks.

Rocky Mount, N.C.-based Centura, with $4.2 billion in assets, has contracted with Electronic Data Systems Corp. to install an $8 million branch system using number of new technologies in the rapidly developing realm of "client-server" computing.

The project is also noteworthy because it represents one of the largest deployments to date by a U.S. retail bank of Microsofts Windows NT operating system, the software giant's ambitious push into the heart of corporate computing. Windows NT is a souped-up variant of Microsoft's hugely popular Windows PC operating system.

Operating systems software control a computer's basic functions and direct how users interact with application software like word processors, spreadsheets, and, in banking, teller and platform automation systems as well.

Wireless Link

Centura's retail system will employ another relatively new technology: a wireless data communications network from AT&T that will link more than 1,500 PCs to be located in the bank's 155 branches.

The Centura deal represents Microsoft's first big push into consumer banking with Windows NT. Introduced last summer, Windows NT is designed mainly to operate on computer "servers," or the beefed-up hardware used as digital traffic cops over PC networks.

Centura will be installing a PC network version of Windows NT, called Advanced Server, in its 155 branches, running on AT&T hardware.

A recently upgraded version of Windows-based branch automation software from EDS/Ampersand will be installed on the PC workstations, which will connected to the servers via AT&T's WaveLan wireless networking system.

The AT&T network transmits data using radio waves, eliminating the need for expensive wiring or cables. …

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