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Core Banking Integration with Fiorano ESB Enables Federal Bank to
Rapidly implement National ID based Payments System

Social payments of over a billion dollars through the network to benefit millions of beneficiaries

"This is a huge opportunity for Banks to gain new customers and have access to large deposits. It can be a major competitive differentiator for a new customer's decision on where to bank."
K P Sunny,
IT Head,
Federal Bank

Fiorano Software (, a leader in enterprise integration and messaging middleware solutions today announced that Federal Bank has deployed Fiorano ESB to support India's national ID based welfare disbursement system (Aadhaar Payment Bridge System, APBS).

Currently, many of India's poorest citizens do not have ID cards, bank accounts or even addresses that they can use to obtain social services. The distribution of funds is wrought with inefficiencies, corruption and leakages. The APBS is a payment gateway platform created by the National Payments Corporation of India that will be used to electronically distribute funds to beneficiaries of social security pensions, employment guarantee program, public distribution system and other government programs.

Mr. P. Chidambaram, the Finance Minister of India, noted in a recent interview that the government spends "thousands and thousands of crores of rupees" (1 crore rupees = 10,000,000 rupees) on pension and various subsidies. "We are going to launch the ambitious program of paying direct cash subsidy to people through the Aadhaar system in 51 districts across 15 states by 2013," he said.

The integration of data and managing settlements required to support the APBS involves managing multiple complex file formats of various banks and complying with the Reserve Bank of India's standardized formats. Banks need to connect with employment guarantee and other subsidies, Social Security Pension, Handicapped Old-Age Pension and other government programs.

Federal Bank will be one of the first few "sponsor" banks in India to attain this capability. "This is a huge opportunity for Banks to gain new customers and have access to large deposits," said Mr. K P Sunny, IT Head at Federal Bank. "It can be a major competitive differentiator for a new customer's decision on where to bank."

Federal Bank was able to implement the system with Fiorano's Enterprise Service Bus which seamlessly integrates applications with the bank's core banking framework, Finacle from Infosys. Fiorano ESB Enterprise Service securely settles transactions in real-time in specified messaging format including managing returns and mismatches and routing of funds. Fiorano's code-free integration approach dramatically reduces implementation time enabling Federal bank to bring new capabilities to market faster.

About Federal Bank (

Federal Bank Limited is a major commercial bank listed on the Bombay and London stock exchanges and is headquartered in India. Federal Bank, with its wide range of products and services, is a financial supermarket providing banking services, e-trading, currency, internet and mobile banking.

About Fiorano

Founded in 1995, Fiorano has been a trusted provider of enterprise integration middleware, high performance messaging and distributed systems. Global leaders including General Electric, Rabobank, Boeing, NASA, US Coast Guard, POSCO, British Telecom and Vodafone have deployed Fiorano's solutions to drive innovation through open, standards-based, event-driven SOA applications yielding unprecedented productivity.