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CUDL has new AutoSMART app for Android devices

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WASHINGTON (9/15/11)--CUDL, the administrator of a credit union auto lending network and the CUDL AutoSMART vehicle shopping website, unveiled an application for Android mobile smart phones and devices during is Lending Redefined conference in Washington D.C.
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The CUDL AutoSMART app replicates features of the CUDL AutoSMART website for both Android smart phones and Android tablets. CUDL introduced its first AutoSMART mobile app in July 2010 for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The AutoSMART mobile phone app gives credit unions a tool that helps them stay connected to their members through the entire vehicle buying process. It improves member loyalty and credit unions’ ability to retain member financing in-house and drive more member loans. Free to Android mobile phone owners through the Android Market, the new app gives members and consumers the ability to perform selected steps of the vehicle-buying process from their Android phones and tablets, from initial vehicle shopping and research, to applying for a loan through their credit union, accessing their pre-approved credit union loan, and connecting with an auto dealership in their area. Members can access the Android Market and download the AutoSMART app through links provided on credit unions’ individual AutoSMART websites. Members can also download the app directly from the Android Marketplace. The mobile app includes a “Sell Your Ride” feature so members can post their personal automobiles for sale through their credit union’s AutoSMART website. The AutoSMART app connects credit union members looking to purchase and finance a vehicle with both their credit union and more than 6,000 dealers posting live inventory to CUDL’s AutoSMART website. Members can use the new mobile tool to shop the more than 650,000 vehicles listed nationwide on the website. CUDL is a flagship brand of CU Direct Corp.

Ongoing Operations to host Dwolla infrastructure

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (9/15/11)--Dwolla, an online payment platform, has selected Ongoing Operations, a provider of business continuity and technology solutions to credit unions, to host its infrastructure. Ongoing Operations is a CUNA Strategic Services provider. The Ongoing Operations credit union service organization recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and has expanded beyond business continuity and disaster recovery services to also provide secure hosting solutions for credit unions and their vendors. Ongoing Operations’ facilities are located in Hagerstown, Md.; Middletown, Va.; Phoenix; and Longmont, Colo. Some of the services Ongoing Operations provides include a Web-based business continuity planning platform, data back-up and recovery, co-location, workspace, connectivity, hosted exchange and virtual desktops. Also, Urbandale, Iowa-based Midland CU has implemented Dwolla’s online, mobile, social and location-based payments solution. The credit union’s members can access Dwolla through the Midland website. After signing up for a Dwolla account members can make payments to anyone with an e-mail address and their Facebook and Twitter friends. Members also can download the Dwolla mobile application.