ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
A leading manufacturer of automatic teller machines is planning to introduce electronic voting machines in Turkey, following the company’s success in Brazil
Diebold would like to have talks with Turkish authorities regarding their plans to introduce electronic voting machines to the country, Swidarski says. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ
Diebold, one of the leading producers of security and self-service transaction systems such as high-tech automatic teller machines, could introduce electronic voting machines to the Turkish market, the company’s top executive has said.
“We have found a very good business in Brazil regarding Diebold election systems and we might have the same chance in the Turkish market, too,” Thomas W. Swidarski, Diebold’s president and chief executive officer of the company, told the Hürriyet Daily News during a recent interview.
The largest manufacturer of ATMs in the U.S. market, Diebold aims to break into the Turkish market through high-tech ATM machines and expand the business by launching new products and services.
Asked whether he would like to share Diebold’s plans of launching election machines in Turkey with Turkish officials, Swidarski said, “Absolutely… I could see that in next few years time, it might be possible.”
Noting that his company manufactures and operates election machines in Brazil, Swidarski said Turkey could be the country where Diebold launches such systems on the market. “In Brazil, we have around 500,000 election machines and nearly 120 million people have voted with them.” The company has used close to 100,000 voting machines in Brazil – even in the Amazon – Swidarski said, but added that the same technology might not always work in other countries due to software differences.
ATM machines first
“We plan to first start with the ATMs and expand our business further,” said Swidarski, noting that Turkish banks would be the best reference for Diebold in launching new products and services in Turkey. “If the banks trust you, all the other institutions could easily put trust in you,” he added.
“Turkey is one of the most important markets for us in Europe and the Middle East and Africa regions,” he said. The reasons Diebold decided to open its direct office in Istanbul nearly two years ago was the country’s healthy banking environment, robust economy and young and dynamic population, which is adaptable to high technology, Swidarski added.
“Having had some conversations with the executives of Turkish banks, we have given a few of our high-tech ATMs for trial,” said Swidarski.
The company recently presented its Diebold Opteva 868 model ATM, which offers advanced deposit automation technology, integrated flexibility and high-security measures such as biometric signatures, to Turkish banks. “We aim to cut almost 50 percent of Turkish banks’ spending by keeping ATMs sustainable,” he said, noting that through monitoring ATMs remotely, Diebold could solve the problems that might occur from a distance.
“If something is wrong with the service of an ATM, we can sort out the matter at a distance without sending someone over there,” he said.
There are nearly 4,000 ATMs in Turkey, according to Swidarski, who said Diebold’s current share in the Turkish ATM market was approximately 6 percent but added that the company would like to increase this share to 30 percent within the next few years.
Sunday, September 25, 2011