ACI Worldwide, a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, today announced support for accelerated adoption of The Clearing House (TCH) Real-time Payments (RTP®) system that went live this week. Using ACI’s UP Immediate Payments Start UP program, financial institutions can quickly offer real-time payments to their business and consumer banking clients, increasing both customer satisfaction and options to realize return on investment.
The Clearing House’s new RTP system will deliver to FIs of all sizes the ability to take advantage of the benefits of real-time payments—sending and receiving transactions in real time, in a payments environment that is secure and flexible, and providing an industry platform for future payment innovations.
ACI’s RTP Start UP program features a two-pronged approach to facilitating access to the system and increasing awareness of real-time payments at the same time. Financial services providers are working with ACI to enable functionally-rich, rapid integration with the RTP system using ACI’s UP Immediate Payments solution—supporting thousands of financial institutions to offer real-time payments to their customers. UP Immediate Payments is offered both on-premise and through ACI’s secure cloud to any organization looking for quick access to the RTP system with a low risk, cost-predictable solution. As part of ACI’s program, FIs are now able to benefit from a hybrid approach of on-premise and cloud.
“Real-time payments are now a reality in the US, and the RTP system is open to all US depository institutions, no matter their size, and will be used by corporations and consumers looking to benefit from their efficiencies,” said Steve Ledford, senior vice president for product and strategy, The Clearing House. “ACI’s Start UP program provides a flexible, single point of access for FIs seeking to stay competitive with real-time payments.”
“ACI’s RTP Start UP program offers a host of options to support a quick on-ramp to RTP while managing investment with predictable costs for increased ROI options,” said W.A. Proctor, vice president, ACI Worldwide. “For example, FIs can start with a cloud service deployment for testing and learning purposes to speed RTP integration and gauge adoption, before making a choice to remain in the cloud. Or they can move to on-premise to take advantage of ACI’s other hub solution capabilities.”
In addition to flexible deployment options, ACI’s UP Immediate Payments Start UP program includes a real-time payments educational and training component, featuring practical use cases, business improvement opportunities based on the ISO 20022 data standards, and best practices for dealing with 24/7/365 operational considerations.