Ukraine’s first contactless ATM installed in Lviv

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Lviv citizens and visitors can withdraw cash from the contactless ATM using cards and devices with MasterCard contactless technology.

UniCredit Bank in cooperation with MasterCard, Alfa-Bank Ukraine and Euronet Ukraine officially presented Ukraine’s first ATM in Lviv. The device allows contactless withdrawal using contactless payment technology by MasterCard. Operating in the test mode, the innovative ATM can be found at 10 Mitskevycha Square, Lviv.

The new ATM enables easier and safer non-cash transactions for all holders of MasterCard contactless payment cards. All one needs to do is bring a contactless card or device close to the reading unit of the ATM in order to withdraw cash or make any other transaction with the card.

“Contactless payment is a trend which is developing rapidly in Ukraine: according to the NBU data, the number of contactless cards exceeds 1.5 m, while the acquiring network covers 88,000 terminals. Implementation of contactless technology into the payment infrastructure is a step towards innovative payments using mobile devices with NFC solution: smartphones, watches, etc. In such non-cash reality, even transactions in ATM are possible with any payment device with contactless technology. We are pleased to have such partners in Ukraine as UniCredit Bank, Alfa-Bank Ukraine and Euronet Ukraine who are open to innovations. Together we manage to implement solutions which prepare country’s infrastructure for contactless mobile future,” Vira Platonova, Director General of MasterCard Europe Representative Office in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, noted.
The ATM is also available for holders of cards equipped with magnetic stripe and chip. Cash withdrawal from this ATM for UniCredit Bank clients is free of charge, other transactions have standard pricing.

“The world is moving on, technologies are changing at breakneck speed, bank services have changed dramatically for the recent years as well. Our customers are usually very enthusiastic about our innovative solutions. This encourages us to constantly develop and improve our products. Contactless technology allows the payment process to be way faster and much more convenient. As a result, 24 000 our customers use cards with MasterCard contactless technology. This figure is growing at a great pace – in 2015 the number of contactless payment users in our bank increased by 2.5 times,” Artur Atanov, Director of Retail Division at UniCredit Bank mentioned. “Of course, we apply best efforts to improve infrastructure so that our customers can use new options. It is the reason why we gladly got involved in testing and launching of new ATM. I am positive that we will continue fruitful cooperation with our colleagues in the market and will pleasantly surprise everybody with further innovative solutions again and again.”

“Launch of contactless ATM is one more step to enhancing security of cards use in Ukraine. This technology gives the opportunity to reduce considerably the probability of card data interception and exploitation of its duplicate by frauds. Alfa-Bank together with MasterCard has been spreading contactless payments technology within Ukraine for several years,” Oleksii Puzniak, Vice-President, director of Retail Business at Alfa-Bank Ukraine, noted. “This is the sixth year Alfa-Bank Ukraine supports Alfa Jazz and the third year of this festival being “the area of contactless payments”. Visitors can complete transactions using only MasterCаrd contactless cards, which is actually faster and much safer.”

“We in Euronet Worldwide understand that customer-oriented business model is a powerful fundamental both for long-term relationships with clients and business development. We highly appreciate our partnership with UniCredit Bank. Their professionalism and openness for innovations coupled with our unique services compose a winning combination for all partners,” Yehor Musatov, Regional Director of Euronet Ukraine, stated.

Contactless ATM is presented in Lviv within Alfa Jazz Fest 2016, the Europe’s biggest jazz festival, which has become a traditional platform for presentation of payment specialties by festival’s sponsors. In 2014 it was the first place in Ukraine where MasterCard and Alfa-Bank Ukraine unveiled Alfa Watch for contactless payment.

MasterCard

Technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.

UniCredit Bank (PJSC “Ukrsotsbank”)

One of the largest universal banks in Ukraine, incorporated in December 2013 through integration of two Ukrainian assets of UniCredit Group, which has been operating on the local market since 1997. The extensive network of UniCredit Bank includes 239 branches. UniCredit Group, which is one of the leaders among European financial institutions, operates in 50 markets and 17 European countries, comprises over 7 900 branches and more than 144 000 employees. Its assets are amounted to EUR 860.433 bn.

Alfa-Bank Ukraine

A major Ukrainian commercial bank with international capital which is a part of ABH Holdings SA (ABHH), a private investment holding company headquartered in Luxembourg. The holding company has investments in the number of banking groups on the territory of CIS and Europe; in particular, operational companies (banks) of ABHH are located in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and the Netherlands. The owners of ABHH are Mihail Friedman – 36.47%, German Khan – 23.27% (both are Israel citizens residing in London), Alexey Kuzmichev – 18.12%, Piotr Aven – 13.76%, Andrey Kosogov – 4.08% (the three are citizens of Russian Federation, reside in Moscow), and The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research – 4.03%. By the NBU classification, Alfa-Bank Ukraine is a bank of foreign banking groups.

Euronet Ukraine

A part of Euronet Worldwide. Euronet Worldwide is a leader in secure processing of electronic financial transactions. The company offers solutions for processing of payments and electronic transactions for financial institutions, enterprises of retail trade, service providers and individuals. These services include outsourcing of ATM networks, terminals and payment cards, support of merchant acquiring, various software solutions, money transfers, invoices payment, distribution of prepaid digital products. Global payment network of Euronet includes 12 761 ATMs, near 129 000 terminals, outsourcing of credit and debit cards in 50 countries, software solutions for payment cards; network of 658 000 terminals of prepaid services trading in nearly 301 000 points of retail sales in 34 countries; network of above 310 000 money transfer offices providing service to 150 countries. Corporate office, located in Leawood (Kansas, USA), and 58 offices around the world serve customers in 165 countries.