Evans working to extend its electronic banking platform

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 8:22 AM EDT

By Allissa Kline, Buffalo Business First

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Evans working to extend its electronic banking platform

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 8:22 AM EDT

Evans Bank N.A. plans to upgrade its mobile banking platform this year with the addition of a remote deposit capture feature for consumers.

Officials said the $833.5 million-asset bank also plans to enhance its web presence so that consumers can open accounts and apply for mortgages online.

Valerie Muka, vice president and manager of alternative delivery channels at Evans since December, said the bank wants to offer the new features available as soon as possible. But no release date has been announced.

Muka said the bank needs to be able to service any customer who's interested in using technology to bank.

"It's a specific focus of ours to broaden our customer base through nontraditional technology," she said. "It's part of a long-term plan to expand market share."

Evans already offers a remote deposit function for commercial customers. It launched its mobile banking product in the fall of 2012.

Earlier this year, First Niagara Bank N.A. released its first-ever remote deposit capture app for consumers. The app allows customers to take photos of the checks they wish to deposit and then sent those images electronically to the bank for deposit.