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Infrastructure for Request to Pay

PAYCY informs financial institutions when a purchase takes place. When a Request to Pay is received including an invoice, you will know the amount involved and that a transaction of your customer is about to be closed. As the financial institution, you decide whether and how to enrich a Request to Pay before you have it released. May a customer pay in instalments or at a later date? Would you like to offer financing or purchase the claim? You may also want to connect these services with providers from your network. PAYCY makes all of this possible for connected financial institutions as a white-label platform. Your customers see your financial institution. Within this network, we also deliver the Requests to Pay and provide the necessary infrastructure for your account ecosystem to emerge. Let the bank account regain its significance as the home of money – with PAYCY.

PAYCY for financial institutions

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Added value

Offer your customers additional services when paying via PAYCY with Request to Pay.
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Customer loyalty

Strengthen the customer-bank interface with PAYCY and interact directly with your customers.
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Account

Return the account to its role as the home of money for your customers and corporate clients with PAYCY.
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Liquidity

Provide your customers with urgently needed liquidity at the right moment thanks to PAYCY.
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Neutrality

Rely on a bank-neutral platform to send and receive Request to Pay transactions.
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Independence

Don't make yourself dependent on competitors – rely on PAYCY as an independent platform.

Questions & Answers about PAYCY?

How does the platform work?

A creditor's financial institution forwards a Request to Pay for one of its own customers to the PAYCY platform. From there, the Request to Pay with the invoice data is sent to the debtor's financial institution. If the debtor authorises the Request to Pay, the money flows. As Request to Pay is an EU-wide payment scheme, the platform also includes cross-border payments within Europe.

What data does the platform store?

PAYCY stores a unique identifier to deliver a Request to Pay across financial institutions as well as the invoice data. This data can in turn be integrated into the front end of online banking, into the banking app or other software that financial institutions provide for their customers. The latter are thus provided with a digital archive.

Is the data read out or analysed?

No. Neither PAYCY nor the connected financial institutions find out what exactly a customer buys and which items are listed on an invoice. Similar to credit transfers, only the information necessary for a transaction can be read out when a Request to Pay is created or delivered via the platform.

What additional services does the platform offer?

PAYCY enables the conversion of invoice data, for example, from the German format ZUGFeRD to the French format Factur-X, and the provision of invoice data in an electronic archive. Further additional services can be realised individually or by the connected financial institutions themselves in their own IT systems.

Does the platform itself trigger payments?

No. PAYCY is not a payment initiation service within the meaning of the PSD2. The platform accepts a Request to Pay and delivers it to the receiving financial institution to authorise the requested payment. The payment itself is initiated by the customer and processed via the financial institution's existing payments infrastructure.

Why should customers participate?

The European Union promotes e-billing and already provides its own standard (link). In addition, more and more EU countries are introducing electronic invoices on a mandatory basis. Germany is likely to follow soon as the project is listed in the coalition agreement (p. 132). Moreover, PAYCY increases convenience for customers who frequently need to reconcile payments and invoices (reconciliation). This applies to both the payer and the recipient side. Furthermore, accounting processes can be better automated if all information is stored in a central place – at the account.

How does a Request to Pay get onto the platform?

PAYCY only accepts orders that contain a Request to Pay or are to be converted into one from invoice data. The ISO 20022 standard provides a dedicated order type for this (pain.013). If financial institutions receive an order of this type, they can route the Request to Pay to PAYCY and have it delivered.

Is PAYCY an outsourcing from a supervisory perspective?

Yes. PAYCY takes on a task that banks could theoretically also perform themselves if they made each other addressable for Request to Pay. The platform covers all regulatory requirements of an essential outsourcing to provide the service. These requirements include, for example, the guidelines of the Euro Banking Association (EBA) on outsourcing as well as MaRisk.

How do financial institutions connect to the platform?

PAYCY follows the plug-and-pay principle. Financial institutions connect to the platform via APIs or EBICS. From that point on, they can be reached by all other connected institutions to receive and send a Request to Pay. PAYCY banks are fully Request-to-Pay-ready as soon as they have connected.

What about financial institutions that are not connected to PAYCY?

PAYCY solves the sender-recipient problem for all financial institutions connected to the platform. Non-connected financial institutions face a 1:n problem because they have to connect each financial institution individually to deliver or receive a Request to Pay. With PAYCY, there is only one partner that the financial institutions have to integrate.

Latest News

Byline
03.02.2023

How banks turn their core business into an ecosystem

With Request to Pay (RtP), the banking app becomes a digital safe. Anyone who buys something and pays with RtP receives a fully digitized archive.
Press Release
26.01.2023

New Managing Director of Request to Pay platform PAYCY: Markus Best

Markus Best will become Managing Director of the Request to Pay platform PAYCY, a subsidiary of the Hamburg-based consulting and software company PPI AG, on 1 February. 

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