First North American financial institution to sign-on
TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Accurate and up-to-date RBC branch, ATM and
insurance office locations are now available on the web-based mapping and
social networking site POIfriend.com. RBC is the first North American
financial institution to sign-on for this service.
"We've been looking at how we can adopt new and emerging technologies to
make it easier and more convenient for consumers to access RBC's quickly
growing network - now the largest in Canada and expanding in the US," said
James McGuire, vice-president, Online Strategy & Client Experience. "With our
official listing on POIfriend.com, we're taking another big step towards
helping customers access the financial advice and services they need."
Through POIfriend.com, users will be able to download an official listing
of all North American RBC banking branches and ATMs, as well as Canadian
insurance outlets, to the majority of GPS-enabled navigation devices. The
listing, which will include location specific information such as hours of
operation, ATMs with audio capability and availability of US currency, can
also be printed directly from the POIfriend.com website and used for hard-copy
maps and driving directions.
"Last year, RBC became the first Canadian financial institution to put
its brand on GPS devices to help users locate branches and ATMs across
North America," said McGuire. "Our participation with POIfriend will now allow
users to customize and control RBC specific information on their GPS devices,
rather than rely on its pre-loaded data. This will ensure that their
information is current, precise and relevant."
RBC's official network listing can be downloaded to GPS units by visiting
www.poifriend.com. POIfriend.com is the point of interest community that
connects people and the places important to them. It is the first site of its
kind that lets people find, create, comment, rate, share, and use Point of
Interest (POI) information for GPS, maps and driving directions. POIfriend is
free for all users and works with most portable GPS enabled devices. For a
complete listing of compatible devices please visit POIfriend.com's FAQ at
RBC is Canada's largest bank by assets and has the largest branch and ATM
network with 1,153 branches and 4,051 ATMs across the country. It plans to
open upwards of 110 more branches and approximately 220 ATMs across Canada by
2011. About 250 existing branches have been recently renovated with another
290 branches to be renovated in the next two years.
For further information:
For further information: Jackie Braden, RBC, Media Relations, (416)