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Pre-Remittances activity

It's only me!

That's my second short visit to London and the second fire exercise I live; only this time it happened to what by my biological time would have been 6 am, and by local standards was 4am!

Anyway, they (locals) have magnificent systematization: a red-lighted alarm intermittently flushing from the ceiling, ringing that loud to rise-up the deeper sleeping ones (even myself), paid its service to the hotel guests.

First I could not believe it's real; it was; out the window I could see people rushing on the stairs; I knew better and tried to live with the noise; no way, so I finally had to recognize being defeated, to dress and get out (it's great how easily you enroll the herd culture); the fresh wet 4am air welcomed me, along the rest of the herd. Merrily I've met Cxna and we've compared our experiences; she assured me that's not a stupid exercise, since she sensed some smoke smell @ level 1.

The neighbors were so much diversely dressed: same bare-feet, some wearing sandals, some in shorts, some wearing nice white towel around their body; only the young nice ladies were much too dressed - Cxna as well.

The friendly wind was chilly enough to head you to a shelter; we've crossed the street to City something Tower Hotel; they were also very well organized; the security procedures provided that the access doors to the lobby should be closed when their neighboring hotel was playing fire extinction exercise; a very polite security officer opened them enough to read his lips: no dogs allowed! In fact the guy was totally right: it was my stupid choice to stay across the street; I warmly recommend to anyone this particular hotel, safely guarding its guests and assets.

The authority was there: firemen & policemen, very impressively dressed, exactly I've seen them @ mighty TV or in some movies; the hotel receptionist was well prepared as well for the event and wear a nice orange alarm vest, prepared to jump into that damn fire should it exist.

The clearing procedure is thorough, which for all of us sensed to be lengthy: after quarter of an hour they shout-up the stupid alarm; after more fifteen minute they resumed the AC supply; after some more responsible & efficient firemen checks in the lobby toilets, quarter of an hour later they powered the elevators; a total of sixty refreshing minutes since the first alarm ringed.

Bottom-line it was an unforgettable waiting for the sun rise. Guess what: I have no go to bed desire, I fight only to repress my criminal instinct; so I've passed this introspection-deflation exercise.

PS: I was lucky in the end; I used the first working elevator (by the way, it is a speaking one, getting you informed whether it is going up or down, what's the status of the doors is - closed or opened, where in space you are, maybe some good advice to take care how to step in or out - I don't remember clearly) and enjoyed the royal favor to stay in between the best looking refugees in the lobby: the red haired Cxna and a mignon brunet. However life is still unjust: both got to different floor and regretfully to so much different rooms.

Sibos Day 4

Before SWIFT officially closed the doors of Sibos 2010, we had the opportunity of stating our experience in implementing the Workers' Remittances solution in a main conference session, "Workers' remittances: Your global platform for person-to-person payments".

Sorin Guiman (our CEO) has accepted the invitation of joining the panel put together by Michael Whyte, Senior Market Manager, Banking Market, SWIFT.



SWIFT's Workers' Remittances service provides banks with the business and technical platform to support cross-border person-to-person payments. The service allows banks to scale up their bilateral network quickly and easily and offer best-in-class levels of service to consumers. It allows any retail product or channel to be enabled for person-to-person payments, while remaining commercially and brand neutral.



The session and the presentation of our solution had a great impact on the participants who rushed to our stand to find out more details and see the demo of our workers' remittances solution, right before the Closing Plenary.


Later in the evening, we've spent our evening in a more relaxing atmosphere within the RAI exhibition centre, where SWIFT organized the Sibos closing event. A chance to get more familiar with our customers and partners and to say our goodbyes to the ones we may not get to see again in 2010.

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