IBM Power Technology to deliver The Clearing House’s real-time payments system to US banks in 2017
September 22, 2016: IBM announced The Clearing House, a national payments system operator for the US banking industry, has selected it to help deliver a new real-time payments system. It is due to roll out in 2017. Set to transform domestic digital transactions, the real-time payments system (RTP) is designed to enable consumers and businesses across the U.S. to send and receive payments instantaneously.
IBM joins VocaLink, the international payments systems provider previously selected by The Clearing House, to build the first-of-its-kind payments system in the US. Responsible for clearing nearly $2 trillion in payments per day, The Clearing House will utilise the unique capabilities of the POWER8 architecture to efficiently process millions of bank payments settled daily, in real-time, in a security-rich environment. The ubiquitous system is expected to help reduce and eliminate payment delays and give receivers of financial payments immediate access to funds and support complex business payment services including electronic invoicing, rich remittance data and confirmation of delivery.
The Clearing House plans to launch the new system with major US banks in 2017. RTP is designed to support thousands of simultaneous transactions per second, processing payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once implemented, RTP will provide a hub that is accessible to all financial institutions and allow customers to use their existing accounts at financial institutions to send and receive payments.
“The real-time payments solution we’re building marks an important milestone for the US banking industry, a revolution in the payments market that brings a new level of service to businesses and consumers,” said Tom Statnick, Chief Information Officer, The Clearing House. “To support our real-time initiative, it was crucial we had the right technology infrastructure in place. With IBM Power Systems running Linux and AIX as our base infrastructure, we have the security, availability and resilience required for this industry-changing undertaking.”
Prior to building the custom solution for The Clearing House, IBM and VocaLink ran an extensive set of performance and resiliency tests of the payments service on a set of enterprise-class Power Systems. The IBM POWER8-based infrastructure supported a sustained 2,500 transactions per second – a record result for the VocaLink application.
“Our collaboration with IBM, and expansion of our solution onto the Power platform, will transform the amount and speed of data and result in the delivery of a payments solution currently unimagined in the US,” said George Evers, Director of Immediate Payment Solutions, VocaLink. “Together, we will transform payments to offer consumers and businesses the capability for an immediate and convenient payment option.”
“The Clearing House is combining digital intelligence with digital delivery to benefit banking customers across the country in new and meaningful ways,” said Doug Balog, General Manager, POWER, IBM Systems. “As the growth of data, mobile engagement and cloud computing continues to present business opportunities to all industries, information technology infrastructure continues to play an increasingly important role.”