Huntington Bancshares said it will use smart card technology from its Cybermark affiliate at a new business service center in Columbus.

The center employs 1,800 and is located in the Easton retailing and business complex, where Huntington is a major tenant. The banking company's employees will be using Cybermark's SmartWorld Corporate Solution for payments in the cafeteria, at vending machines, and automated teller machines and for physical security and access control.

Huntington founded Cybermark in 1996 as a joint venture with Battelle Memorial Institute and Sallie Mae. In May, Bank One Corp.'s First USA came in as an additional investor.

"Cybermark and Huntington have worked closely in the past to provide higher-education institutions with leading electronic commerce solutions," said Chet Thompson, senior vice president and general manager of electronic commerce at Huntington. "Based upon our past success and Cybermark's unequaled smart card integration expertise, it was only natural for the bank to team up with Cybermark to integrate SmartWorld with our new corporate facilities."

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