Remote deposit


Remote deposit

Remote deposit refers to the ability to deposit a check into a bank account from a remote location, such as an office or home, without having to physically deliver the check to the bank. This is typically accomplished by scanning a digital image of a check into a computer, then transmitting that image to the bank, a practice that became legal in the United States in 2004 when the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (or Check 21 Act) took effect. This service is typically used by businesses, though a remote deposit application for consumers has been developed[1] and has begun to be implemented by a handful of banks.[2] It should not be confused with:

  • Direct deposit, which refers to the practice of posting an employee's weekly earnings directly to his or her bank account.
  • Online deposit, which refers to a retail banking service allowing an authorized customer to record a check via a web application and have it posted, then mail in the physical check, giving the customer access to the funds before the check clears in the usual way. While this type of service does not involve a scanner nor take advantage of the Check 21 Act, it is also sometimes called remote deposit.[3]

Check 21 Intended in part to keep the country's financial industries operational in the event of a catastrophe that could make rapid long-distance transportation impossible, like the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Check 21 Act makes the digital image of a check legally acceptable for payment purposes, just like a traditional paper check.

Before 2004, if someone deposited a check from one bank (for example, Wells Fargo) into an account at a different bank (for example, Bank of America), the banks would have to physically exchange the paper check before the money would be credited to the account. But under Check 21, one bank can simply send an image of the check to the other bank. The practical effect of the law is that checks can still be deposited and cleared, even if a disaster makes it impossible for banks to exchange the physical paper checks with each other.

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Implications for businesses and consumers

A side effect of the Check 21 Act is that, because the digital image of a check is now considered a legal document, bank customers who get paid with a check can scan an image of the check and deposit it into their account from their home or office if their bank supports doing so.

Advocates of Check 21 claim that remote deposit saves time and money because businesses who use it no longer have to send an employee or a courier to take their checks to the bank. Another potential benefit is that it cuts down on paperwork, and therefore reduces the chances of making mistakes or losing checks in the process of depositing them. Bounced checks also show up faster when processed through remote deposit.

Critics, and some advocates, contend that remote deposit — and by extension, the entire Check 21 Act — is an attempt by the banking industry to eliminate "float," the standard one- or two-day waiting period between the time someone writes a check and the time the money is actually taken out of their account. Now that checks can be cashed and cleared electronically, it is theoretically possible for a bank to take the money out of a checking account on the same day a check is used in payment. This would make checks behave much like debit cards, making it impossible, for example, to write a check to pay a bill at the grocery store, then rush to the bank to make a deposit so the check doesn't bounce. So far, all banks in the United States still operate with at least a one-day float period.[citation needed]

Use

Remote deposit use is growing rapidly. A June 2009 survey by group Independent Community Bankers of America found that 62 percent of banks in the United States currently offered merchant remote deposit, and 78 percent have plans to adopt the technology by 2011.

Client adoption of remote deposit capture is projected to reach 1 million in the next two years, and grow to over 5 million by 2012.[4]

Some financial institutions accept remote deposits via conventional scanner or smartphone (versus an MICR scanner). Supported smartphones use operating systems Android by Google, and iOS by Apple (iPhones).[5]

The banking industry does not keep an official tally of how many businesses use remote deposit nationwide, but, the number is estimated to be in the tens of thousands. Several independent companies such as ProfitStars,[6] BankServ, Diebold, RDM Corporation, Landmark Clearing and NetDeposit claim to have signed up a few thousand customers, although several major banks have also developed their own systems and may eventually end up handling most remote deposit traffic.

See also

References

  1. ^ FIS Introduces Consumer Remote Deposit Solution, Bank Systems & Technology, July 24, 2008. Accessed on July 27, 2008.
  2. ^ BankFox - Deposit Checks Online With Your Scanner
  3. ^ Jim Bruene (21 January 2004). "Online Financial Innovations: Internet Strategies for Financial Institutions. The Forecast". Online Financial Innovations. http://onlinebankingreport.com/subscriptions/issue.html?iid=4. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Celent's estimates were published on 4 June 2007.
  5. ^ List of compatible smartphone operating systems that support remote deposit http://money.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Remote_Deposit
  6. ^ ProfitStars

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