Magazine article American Banker

Americans Are All but Missing from 'Technobank' Exhibition

Magazine article American Banker

Americans Are All but Missing from 'Technobank' Exhibition

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GENEVA -- The first "Technobank" banking equipment exhibition drew bankers from 32 countries, but the Americans were few and far between.

Chemical Bank, which was marketing its Pronto home banking system, was among the international show's exhibitors earlier this year. But overall, American exhibitors were conspicous by their absence,a nd American visitors were sparse. A total of 3,800 persons visited the show in its four days, according to exhibition director Ange Galula, but only 50 were from the United States.

The 150 exhibitors were largely drawn from Europe -- mostly Britain, France, and Switzerland -- although there was a stronger American presnece at the symposia on banking innovations and security.

The American firms that exhibited were generally collaborating with European companies.

Data General, which displayed its Comprehensive Electronic Office, sahred its stand with three European software houses. Micro Informatique & Technologies of Lausanne, Switzerland, presented letter of credit, payroll, and credit frame management applications in English, French, German, and Italian; Cybertek Computing of Britain had a query and report writer and an interactive screen management system; and Logica, another British software house, showed a dealer information and display system for foreign exchange dealing rooms and an automatic updating system for Reuters quotations.

One of the few American banks with an active presence at the exhibition was Chemical Bank, which joined with Tandem Computers and Atalla A.G. of Switzerland to market its Pronto home information system to European bankers.

A Chemical spokesman said the bank is interested in extending its licensing program to the international market.

Other American exhibitors included Internet Systems Corp. of Chicago, which was marketing a computer system for international banking transactions. …

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