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Westpac Smart Watch app goes live
Mon, 4th Nov 2013
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Westpac New Zealand has released the first integrated mobile banking app for a SmartWatch device, available exclusively on the Sony SmartWatch.

The Cash Tank app was used nearly 40 million times over the last year, with this development designed to offer convenience for customers and help answer the most frequently asked question in banking, "What's my balance?” at the touch of their wrist.

Westpac Head of Digital Simon Pomeroy says smart watches are the next frontier of app development as customers continue their uptake of mobile devices.

“Customers are adopting all forms of mobile technology at an extraordinary pace," Pomeroy says.

"We see this development as another step forward and a key part of our strategy to offer them the best digital banking experience in New Zealand with unparalleled functionality across all devices."

The SmartWatch app is based on Westpac NZ's ground breaking Cash Tank app that allows customers to get up to date balances without any authentication.

Pomeroy says Westpac is now working on extending the functionality of the app to offer customers quick transfers between their bank accounts and the ability to receive account alerts to the watch.