CHARLOTTE, N.C. - PFA Inc., a maker of interactive video kiosks used by banks and other financial companies, has changed its name to Aegis Technologies.

"We believe the name change will help our customers and prospective customers in a variety of industries identify more easily with our products and services," said Joseph E. Cross, president of the newly named company.

The company, founded in 1989, was acquired by New York Life Insurance Co. from Royal Group Inc. in 1993.

Kiosks made by Aegis feature two-way video screens that enable banks to service customers face to face without having to staff every location. The terminals also feature document scanners, which make it possible for customers to apply for credit cards and other products.

The name change will not affect PFA Financial Centers, also located in the Charlotte area. This separate unit of New York Life operates and staffs several facilities that feature Aegis kiosks. Banks, insurance, and other firms pay PFA to sell products through the financial centers.

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