READING, Pa. - Meridian Bancorp has started accepting the Novus card brands, including Discover, for automated cash advances in its 319 branches in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Discover cash advances have been available at Meridian's 340 automated teller machines since 1991. Until now, such transactions have been processed manually.

With Meridian's new process, a teller swipes a card on a new computer terminal keyboard that is part of Meridian's recent branch automation upgrade. The software reads the card, obtains authorization, and transmits customer data for settlement.

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