Real-time payments (RTP) is a payments processing platform that enables the near-instantaneous transfer of funds between two parties. RTP is used for payments such as credit transfers, direct debits, and open API payments. Unlike traditional payments systems, which can take days or even weeks to process payments, RTP payments are processed in real time, typically within seconds. This means that both the sender and recipient of an RTP payment can see the payment almost instantly. RTP is often used for high-value or time-sensitive payments, such as bill payments or international money transfers.
Real-time payments require more decision-making than just speeding things up. As the following article describes, ACI Worldwide is enabling FIs to deal with a variety of payment options that are becoming available for global customers.
ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, today launched the UP Real-Time Payments Solution—the only global solution that allows financial institutions to address their Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), SWIFT messaging and real-time payments needs with a single, universal offering.
New requirements for payments processing have never been more prolific. Real-time payments, changes to processing of RTGS payments, SEPA Credit Transfers and Direct Debits, Open APIs and Blockchain are all prioritised for investment—but banks are increasingly challenged by the complexity and cost of addressing them all.
The UP Real-Time Payments Solution gives banks complete control, choice and flexibility in how they route their real-time payments. As a single, universal offering, the UP Real-Time Payments solution removes the complexity banks face in managing separate systems to support the wide range of low and high-value payment options that their customers need. It also empowers banks to optimise their transaction costs and orchestrates any payment type, channel, currency or network in a single or multibank setup with 24X7 worldwide support.
The UP Real Time Payments solution combines the power of the ACI Money Transfer System and the innovation and real-time processing of UP Immediate Payments—providing connectivity to immediate payments schemes and RTGS globally. Banks can implement the features required to enable these latest initiatives, from basic connectivity to a new scheme¬—such as those supporting SEPA Instant Payments, The Clearing House or Zelle—to full-service processing that includes validation, verification, fraud and compliance, authorisation, liquidity and exception handling.
The increase in payment channels combined with the faster payments movement puts a spotlight on transaction costs. Global payment transfers add more complexity to the decision making on routing and now FIs have a solution that will help their bottom line. While RTP is not yet widely available, it is growing in popularity due to its speed and convenience.
Overview by Raymond Pucci, Associate Director, Research Services at Mercator Advisory Group
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