London, 21 November 2005 - Level Four Software, the leading provider of open standards-based ATM test and development software, today announced it has won the âbest product/serviceâ category in the third annual Scottish Software Awards run by Targeting Innovation, in association with Scottish Enterprise and ScotlandIS, the trade body for software, telecoms and IT in Scotland. Level Four won the award for its XFS extension, now known as ATM TrueTest, a key product within ATM Channel Development Suite, launched in response to the ATM industry adoption of open standards.
The judges acknowledged that Level Four identified a need from banks for flexible testing tools to take advantage of open standards and launched a new product set addressing this need. Moreover, ATM TrueTest is a proven technology adopted by some of the worldâs largest financial institutions for their open standards-based ATM networks. The judges also recognised that Level Four, an aggressively growing Scottish company, is promoting the adoption of open standards in the global ATM industry.
Martin Macmillan, CEO, Level Four commented on the award: "We are delighted that our open standards solution has been recognised as a leading edge technology in the Scottish software sector. Open standards will play an important part in the future of the ATM channel and we developed ATM TrueTest in direct response to banksâ testing needs as they move to open standards. We are proud that the Scottish Software Award judges have recognised our efforts and commitment to promoting open standards globally."
Until a recent change in the ATM market that saw a move to open standards, ATM vendors could lock banks into buying their hardware and proprietary software platforms. With the emergence of XFS, an open standard software layer, banks now have the opportunity to use hardware and software from different vendors.
Banks have welcomed this change because it reduces reliance on a single ATM vendor and saves on the maintenance of a multi-vendor network. Banks can now focus on introducing new services at the ATM, an important part of customer retention and acquisition strategy.
With the move to open standards and the introduction of new ATM services, banks need to undertake thorough automated testing of their ATM networks. With Level Fourâs ATM TrueTest, banks no longer need to rely on manual testing, which is labour-intensive, costly and time-consuming with the pitfalls of human error. Level Fourâs solution provides a simulation of an ATM so its software acts as a âvirtual ATMâ, removing all dependency on physical ATM hardware.
George Boag, chief executive of Targeting Innovation Ltd., said: "The Scottish Software Awards are one of the few opportunities to promote Scottish software to the business and public communities by highlighting the variety and quality of activity across the sector. The awards acknowledge that continued growth of Scotlandâs software sector comes from innovative companies like Level Four that produce quality products and services with international potential."
Level Four was one of five companies to pick up a cash award and trophy at the ceremony at Airth Castle on 6 October 2005.
In April 2005, Level Four won the 2005 Fife Business Award for innovation and creativity from Scottish Enterprise. Level Four won the award for its Bunch Note Acceptor (BNA) and Cheque Processing Module (CPM) solutions, which help banks deliver more sophisticated self-service capabilities at cash machines. The award win automatically qualified Level Four for entry to Scottish Enterpriseâs Enterprising Scotland Awards, Scotlandâs national business awards. Level Four was runner up in the innovation and creativity category.