FSS Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS) selected by IPPB
By Edil Corneille
Chennai-based FSS (Financial Software and Systems), a global payment processor and provider of integrated payment products, announced its partnership with India Post Payments Bank (IPPB). The collaboration entails the usage of FSS’ Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS) to deliver interoperable and affordable doorstep banking services to customers across India. This is expected to promote financial inclusion among the underserved and unbanked segments of India.
The AePS solution by FSS combines the low-cost structure of a branchless business model, digital distribution, and micro-targeting that lowers acquisition costs and improves reach.
Leveraging its vast network of over 136,000 post offices, and 300,000 postal workers, IPPB has been set up with the vision to build an accessible, affordable, and trusted bank to deliver banking at the customer’s doorstep. With the launch of AePS services, IPPB now has the ability to serve all customer segments, including the nearly 410 million Jan Dhan account holders in India.
Krishnan Srinivasan, Global Chief Revenue Officer, FSS said, “We are proud to be IPPB’s technology partner in this monumental nation-building exercise. The collaboration is evidence of FSS’ deep payments technology expertise and commitment to bringing viable, market-leading innovations that promote financial deepening. FSS’ AePS solution combined with IPPB’s expansive last mile distribution reach empowers citizens of the country with a range of digital payment products and advance India’s vision towards less-cash economy.”
“Through the vast reach of Department of Posts network along with the advent of the interoperable payment systems to drive adoption, IPPB is uniquely positioned to offer a range of products and services to fulfil the financial needs of the unbanked and the underbanked at the last mile. Having launched AePS services, the Bank has become the single largest platform in the country for providing interoperable banking services to customers of any bank. The strategic partnership with FSS provides us with an opportunity to expand the portfolio of financial services and improve customer experience whilst maintaining operational efficiency, thus building a digitally inclusive society,” said J. Venkatramu, MD & CEO, India Post Payments Bank.
The infrastructure created by IPPB addresses the accessibility challenges faced by customers in the traditional banking ecosystem.
The operation of FSS’ AePS solution is based on agents performing transactions on behalf of customers using a tablet, micro-ATM or a POS device. The system is device agnostic and can accept transactions originating from any terminal. Customers of any bank can access their Aadhaar-linked bank account by simply using their fingerprint for cash withdrawal, balance enquiry and transfer of funds into an operating IPPB account, right at their doorstep. FSS’ AePS exposes APIs to third parties to develop an expansive services ecosystem and extend a broad suite of financial products and tools including micro-insurance, micro-savings, micro-finance, mutual fund investments, enabling the bank to further the adoption of services among low and moderate-income consumers.
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