Armored couriers have longed served a valuable role physically transporting cash from businesses to banks. It's not a business the banks themselves have wanted in on, and for good reason given the logistics, vehicles, weapons training and equipment necessary. But over the past 10 years couriers have begun to offer more sophisticated electronic services-such as smart safes-that some bank executives worry strays into their treasury management business.

Huntington National Bank, for one, is fashioning a robust competitive response with the help of a recently released solution from Burroughs Payment Systems (recently spun off of Unisys) called the SmartCash Networked Vault.

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