Say hello to the new Barclays branch: an iPad

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Barclays has announced the launch of its new Community Banking service, which will give customers more comprehensive access to branch services.

The scheme, which will be rolled out by summer 2015, will allow "Community Bankers" to set up branches remotely using an iPad and network connection.

Employees of the bank using an equipped Barclays bank iPad will be able to provide customers with secure access to services generally only available through a branch, including money transfers, changes to personal details or opening an account.

The initiative is a first for the UK and taps into a growing desire for more convenient and accessible banking services.

Steven Cooper, CEO of Personal Banking at Barclays commented: "The days of banking services only being available by visiting your local branch are a thing of the past. Community Bankers on the move are now able to support a much wider geographical area and are free to drop in to local communities when and where they are needed most.

"Alongside the availability of our colleagues in traditional branches, through video, mobile, telephone, and social media, this new pioneering technology will allow colleagues to access branch services securely in minutes anywhere and at any time – whether it’s in a local village hall, library or community centre, we can now take the branch to the customer."

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