For the foreseeable future, instant payment (IP) models will exist side by side with traditional payment schemes. Person-to-person (P2P) transactions constitute the most common and talked-about IP use case today. But with businesses recognizing the potential of IPs, further use cases for real time payments have begun to blossom.
The day is fast approaching when the payment your clients make for an e-bike, or any other good or service, could be deducted from their account and processed by your bank instantly. The person or entity they transact business with would receive immediate confirmation of the payment in the form of, say, a text message. In fact, that day has already arrived in many countries, including EU member states. As processing systems evolve and proliferate, instant payments (IPs) will make lightning-quick settlement of transactions possible worldwide, around the clock. Considered the closest equivalent to cash now available, IPs are changing the payment experience of clients and becoming fundamental to what they expect their financial services provider to deliver.