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U.S. bankers may be just rolling out their product lines for Check 21′s check-imaging offspring, remote deposit. But there’s at least one CEO in Mexico City who is already sold on it. In early December, Eduardo Garcia Lecuona’s company, Intercam Casa de Cambio, was enlisted by Wachovia Bank to be the guinea pig for its new remote deposit product, called Remote Desktop Capture–and not by accident, either. Intercam buys dollar-denominated check payments that U.S. businesses and consumers use to pay Mexican companies and then pays the check recipients in pesos. The success of its business model depends on Lecuona’s ability to clear the checks in the U.S as fast as possible. “Until now, we had to physically consolidate all those checks in Mexico City and then fly boxes of them to Wachovia’s processing center in Florida,” Lecuona explains. “That took four days, which we can now cut to about two. The transmission itself takes less than five minutes.”

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