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September 27, 2016updated 13 Jan 2017 12:03pm

IBM’s new offering to help banks offer real time payment

IBM Financial Transaction Manager will facilitate consumer payment clearance within seconds.

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has announced a new service called Financial Transaction Manager which will allow commercial banks to roll out real-time payments to their customers.

With this service, banks can take advantage from the new immediate payments which are being developed across the US, Europe and Asia.

IBM claims that once the new payment networks are fully activated, consumer payments will be cleared within a matter of seconds and can speed up access to funds such as payroll and insurance claims reimbursements.

IBM plans to introduce its Financial Transaction Manager (FTM) for Immediate Payments, which will support global payment initiatives such as The Clearing House (TCH) in US and the Pan-European Instant Payment Scheme in Europe.

IBM says that the banks and Fintechs move towards immediate payments is a sign that the institutions are on the way to becoming cognitive banks. One feature of a cognitive bank is that these institutions can provide faster and safer payments, immediate counter fraud and financial crime detection.

Safer Payments is another service from Big Blue, which when combined with FTM can improve accuracy in fraud analysis in immediate transactions by using cognitive computing to verify payment transactions and detect suspicious patterns in real time.

By applying machine learning models to Safer Payments, analysts can detect fraudulent transactions and can quickly reduce such events.

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IBM has also introduced a new service to support the upcoming European Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2).

IBM will be hoping that banks around Europe will use it.

IBM will be hoping that banks around Europe will use it.

As per this directive, banks operating in Europe will need to provide wider access to their customer data and payment processing system to registered third party providers, who include banks and app providers. Developers can try out new ideas for APIs through PSD2 API Sandbox built on IBM Bluemix without the need for any kind of set-up time or costs.

IBM will be publishing the APIs into PSD2 sandbox so that developers will not have to start from the beginning to develop new apps. It will use API Connect, which will have an integrated approach in developing, running, managing and securing APIs in hybrid deployment.

IBM banking and financial services global industry general manager Likhit Wagle said “For banks to stay relevant they must be prepared to engage in real-time where and when it’s convenient for the customer, on their device of choice, and using the latest and most accessible systems.

“With today’s announcement, IBM is helping financial institutions prepare for immediate payments and innovate with the latest APIs and mobile services while protecting the security and privacy of sensitive customer data.”

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