Tangerine first bank in Canada to launch real-time Secure Chat

New feature provides Clients with more convenience and choice when connecting with the bank

TORONTO, Jan. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, Tangerine is pleased to announce the launch of Secure Chat, a brand new service feature that will allow Clients the ability to interact securely with the bank over a real-time chat session. Available through Tangerine's website and soon on its Mobile Banking app, Secure Chat provides a means for Clients to have typed conversations with Tangerine Associates about confidential banking matters that previously could only be discussed over the phone.

As the first bank in Canada to launch this feature*, Tangerine previously offered a chat feature that was limited to general inquiries only, similar to other Canadian banks. Now, Clients will be able to interact on a wide variety of confidential banking matters, which could include getting specific account details or completing transactions, all within a chat session from the convenience of their mobile device or computer.

"It's an exciting time for our nearly 2 million clients at Tangerine. We use new, safe and secure technologies to transform the client experience and to help Canadians live better lives," says Peter Aceto, President and CEO of Tangerine. "Whether you want to become a new client or access your hard earned money, it's never been a better time to be a Tangerine client. We are very proud to be the first bank in Canada to have the technology in place to offer this Secure Chat feature."

Now available on its website in English and French, Tangerine's Secure Chat feature uses Genesys technology and operates on a customized platform that was built in partnership with IBM. Clients can initiate a chat session, found under the "Contact Us" section on Tangerine.ca, when they are already securely logged into online banking, without going through any additional security screening steps. Secure Chat on Tangerine's Mobile Banking App will operate the same way and is expected to be available in the coming months.

"As we work on new technologies to improve and personalize customer's digital interactive experiences, we know that chat features are the future when it comes to convenience and preference," says Charbel Safadi, Global Business Services Partner and Chief Technology Officer for IBM in Canada. "We're excited to be working with Tangerine who continues to drive financial service innovation by offering a secure chat technology and exposing it to multiple channels including mobile devices and online banking to further enhance digital engagement and convenience for Tangerine clients."

*Tangerine's definition of 'Secure Chat' includes the ability to allow Clients to conduct banking transactions within the chat.

About Tangerine
Tangerine is a direct bank that delivers simplified everyday banking to Canadians. With more than 1.9 million clients and close to $38 billion in total assets, we are Canada's leading direct bank. Tangerine offers banking that is flexible and accessible, products and services that are innovative, fair fees, and award-winning client service. From no-fee daily chequing and high-interest savings accounts, GICs, RSPs, TFSAs, mortgages and mutual funds, Tangerine has the everyday banking products Canadians need. With over 1,000 employees in Canada, our presence extends beyond our website and Mobile Banking app to our Café locations, Pop-Up locations and 24/7 Contact Centres. Tangerine was launched as ING DIRECT Canada in 1997. In 2012 it was acquired by Scotiabank, and operates independently as a wholly-owned subsidiary. For more information, visit tangerine.ca

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For further information: Cayley Kochel, Tangerine, 416-497-5157 ext. 4013, ckochel@tangerine.ca


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