NACHA Transitions Secure Vault Payments from Pilot to Commercialization
The Electronic Payments Association® announced today that Secure Vault Payments™ (SVP) will move into full commercialization following a pilot designed to assess the feasibility of SVP. Supported by eWise’s Online Banking ePayments (OBeP) platform, financial institutions, merchants, billers, payment gateway providers, and core payment processors have embraced SVP as a payment solution.
“NACHA encourages ACH Network innovation with solutions like SVP that bring value to all participants,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “The ongoing partnership with our technology partner eWise will make this transition into commercialization seamless for the financial institutions and businesses currently offering SVP or looking to enroll.”
NACHA will continue to serve as the governing body for SVP, creating, maintaining, and enforcing the use of SVP through the NACHA Operating Rules and business rules specific to SVP. eWise, as the exclusive switch operator and technology provider, will oversee all sales, marketing, and implementation activities necessary to fully develop the SVP network. Significant increases in sales and marketing activities have begun with the addition of dedicated sales and marketing teams to drive further adoption of SVP by financial institutions, merchants, and billers.
“We are pleased to have a strong pipeline of financial institutions and merchant participants who have decided to offer SVP and who will be enabled in the coming months,” said Alex Grinberg, CEO, eWise.
As a pilot participant continuing on with SVP, Synovus (NYSE: SNV), the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company, witnessed firsthand the benefits SVP has created for their 30-bank franchise and the myriad of online merchants and billers within their footprint. “This product gives us the opportunity to enhance the customer’s e-commerce experience while addressing the challenges concerning customer privacy and security. The results we have seen thus far have been very encouraging, and we continue to vigorously promote SVP throughout our entire network of banking relationships,” says Garry Hedges, director of business development.
The University of Georgia, an SVP user since April 2008, also experienced significant success with SVP. Statistics reveal that student use of SVP as a payment method has grown to nearly 16 percent among the students for whom it is available, with 41 percent of those students using it more than five times since the start of the new semester in July 2009.
“Secure Vault Payments is a great solution for us,” said Lisa McCleary, bursar, University of Georgia. “SVP is a smarter electronic payment option that lowers our risk, allows us to receive money faster, and helps us keep costly and wasteful paper out of our system.”
Companies interested in joining the SVP network should contact Dean Seifert, senior vice president, eWise at email@example.com. Inquiries regarding the NACHA Operating Rules or SVP business rules should be directed to NACHA.
Secure Vault Payments™ (SVP)
Secure Vault Payments™ enables consumers to initiate private and secure payments for purchases and bill payments through their financial institutions’ online banking platforms, using the ACH Network and eWise’s Online Banking e-Payments technology. Financial institutions authenticate consumers and provide businesses with real-time authorization and confirmation of payment (ACH credit). Secure Vault Payments™ is a trademarked offering of NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association. To learn more, visit http://securevaultpayments.org/.
NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association
NACHA supports the growth of the ACH Network by managing its development, administration, and governance. The ACH Network facilitates global commerce by serving as a safe, efficient, ubiquitous, and high-quality electronic payment system. NACHA represents nearly 11,000 financial institutions through 18 regional payments associations and direct membership. Through its industry councils and forums, NACHA brings together payments system stakeholder organizations to encourage the efficient utilization of the ACH Network and develop new ways to use the Network to benefit its diverse set of participants. To learn more, visit www.nacha.org, www.electronicpayments.org, and www.payitgreen.org.
eWise is partnering with NACHA to provide the Secure Vault Payments network, utilizing its Online Banking ePayments (OBeP) technology and account management services. eWise is a payments and online financial management solutions provider with a reputation for providing innovative solutions that make transacting online easier and more secure. eWise offices in US, UK, China and Australia support some of the world’s top 50 financial institutions with solutions delivering outstanding, proven ROI for its customers and a better online experience for millions of end-users worldwide. For more information, visit www.ewise.com.