September 24, 2014

Credit Union launches paperless cheque processing

VANCOUVER, BC--Smiths Falls Community Credit Union is the first financial institution in Canada to launch paperless cheque processing.

Using a system developed by Central 1, which provides payments processing for about 200 credit unions and institutions across Canada, Smiths Falls introduced the processing of cheque deposits using image processing. The change reduces paper handling and speeds processing.

“We are pleased that Smiths Falls was the first of our credit unions to pilot the use of capturing cheque images in the back office and transmitting the image, rather than sending the physical item to us for processing,” says Oscar van der Meer, chief payments and technology officer, for Central 1. “We know that branch capture, as it is technically called, will be a major improvement for our members.”

The new system will allow Smiths Falls to end the use of couriers to deliver cheques to a central office for processing, saving time and money.

“I want to congratulate all the staff at Central 1 who have developed this first for the financial system and say that Smiths Falls Community Credit Unions is proud to be the first credit union to move ahead with this new technology,” says Jim Allen, chief executive officer of Smiths Falls.

Central 1 is piloting branch capture of images with other credit unions and expects a full rollout to begin in the first quarter of 2015. The branch capture solution will be rolled out to one branch of each of 200 credit unions, followed by the remaining branches.

Branch capture involves using a secure scanner to scan all cheques and transmitting the data to Central 1 for processing.

In the spring of 2013 Central 1 and Westminster Savings Credit Union were the first financial institutions in Canada to introduce Deposit Anywhere, the use of a mobile banking app feature that allows users to quickly and easily deposit cheques from anywhere using the camera on their mobile devices.



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