Who is Nuapay?
Nuapay is the brainchild of Sentenial. Nuapay is a registered Payment Institution that offers secured payment services to businesses. Read our article: What is a Payment Institution?
Who is Sentenial?
What does Sentenial do?
Does this mean that businesses don’t need banks anymore?
Yes, this does mean that businesses don’t need banks anymore, since Sentenial has been granted a PI license, no banking institutions are required for payment processing. Additionally, by using Sentenial rather than a bank, businesses can benefit from much lower transaction fees and end-to-end tracking of transactions for automatic reconciliation.
Surely the banks won’t be happy with this?
What are the benefits for a business?
What is Nuapay?
How does it work?
How much does it cost?
Who is it for?
How do I get started?
Who is eligible to sign up?
Why should I use Nuapay over a bank?
- Save Time – Reduce administration time
- Affordable – Much lower rates than banks and fixed transaction fee
- Simple – Easy to set up and manage
- Smart Updates – Identify and track problem payers
- Flexible – A solution that grows with your business
- Comprehensive – Full direct debit functionality
- Mature – Over 6 years of development and testing
- Scalable – Very large payment files are processed in a short time period
- Secure – Passed a multitude of security audits as demanded by banks
- Proven – Large organisations and major banks already use the Nuapay software
- Compliant – All relevant industry standards are adhered to
What features are available with Nuapay?
- One time set up to receive automatic payments – Whatever interval you’d like to collect your payments, with Nuapay you can schedule payments quickly and change them whenever you like.
- Collections made easy – Whether it’s a once off fee for ad-hoc work, or a recurring fee from a regular customer, Nuapay’s automatic collections will ensure you never miss a payment!
- Problem payers – Quickly identify and track problem payers to prevent future failed transactions.
- Business loans with exclusive rates (coming soon) – Obtain a loan up to €100,000 with Nuapay and save money with exclusive customer rates, when compared to banks interest rates.
What are the advantages of Direct Debit over Standing Order/Cash/Cheque?
- You can set multiple collection dates throughout the month.
- Direct Debit is the most cost-efficient payment method available.
- You can receive detailed reports of non-payers and the reasons for non-payment.
- You can receive notifications if direct debits have been cancelled.
- Should a customer change account details, their information can be simply updated.
- You can resubmit a Direct Debit if the payment collection fails.
- A Direct Debit puts you in control and you can cancel anytime.
- You can vary the amount or change your payment date at any time (not possible with all other methods).
- There is no need for customers to visit their bank to set up a SEPA Direct Debit – all that’s required is a signed mandate, which is provided by the business.
- Never forget or miss a payment.
- Easy to set up and extremely secure payment method.
- Ideal for recurring payments.
Why use a Direct Debit over Credit Card?
The first area of consideration is cost, which is quite possibly most important point that many businesses will factor into this decision. Businesses that decide they would like to collect money from customers using a Direct Debit are generally charged at a fixed rate per transaction, irrespective of the value of that transaction. Even for lower value transactions, the fee paid by the business is usually far lower than what they would be required to pay through using cards based payments.
The second example where a Direct Debit demonstrates a distinct advantage over the use of Credit Cards, is where the businesses business model involves the use of repeat collections, such as with subscription agreements or financial commitments. Cards of all types have relatively short expiration dates, which mean that the business will have to continually update their customer’s details. This is much less of an issue with a Direct Debits as many people are unlikely to change their bank account as frequently as their bank card. As such, a Direct Debits requires far less administration and have a higher probability that any collection request will be accepted.
How safe is it?
Why use a Direct Debit over Credit Card?
Is it safe for my customers too?
Yes, of course. This is one of the many considerations taken into account with Nuapay and all your customers are fully protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee, which will ensure that a full and immediate refund is made in the event that payment is taken in error.
Where is my money held?
What is an e-Mandate?
What does an e-Mandate represent?
What are the benefits of e-Mandates?
More efficient and cost-effective, when compared to paper based mandates.
- The seamless integration with biller applications offers a reduction in manual processing, meaning lower staff levels.
- Improved self-service to allow customers to complete mandates online i.e. on the business’ website.
- e-Mandates can attain the same acceptance level as a hand written signature.
- Secured with digital certificated to ensure that the customer’s signature and mandate data is tamper-proof.
- Simple and efficient storage requirements
- Quick and efficient retrieval of mandates
- Immediate validation of customer’s bank details at point of sale to reduce risk of later bank rejections
Ultimately, these fundamental advantages offer customers a much more efficient process by averting the inconvenience of printing, completing, signing and mailing physical paper copies.
What is an electronic signature?
- Typing a name into an electronic document
- The ‘Clickwrap’ method of indicating user intention i.e. clicking “I Accept” on an agreement form
- Personal Identification Number (PIN)
- The name in an e-mail address
- A scanned copy of a manuscript signature
- A biodynamic version of a manuscript signature
- A digital signature
Although there are several categories of electronic signatures, higher value transactions need better quality electronic signatures (such as Advanced Electronic Signatures) that are more securely linked to the owner in order to provide assurance and trust in the underlying system.
What is an Advanced Electronic Signature?
Advanced Electronic Signatures are unique to the user, can identify them, under their sole control, whilst under the sole control and is attached to a document that will become invalidated if the contents change.
An Advanced Electronic Signature is deemed to have the same legal effect as a handwritten signature, but in order to be considered an advanced signature, it must possess certain attributes i.e. based on a qualified certificate that is created by a secure-signature creation device. Please note: A definition of these terms is contained within Appendix C of directive 1999/93/EC on electronic signatures.
This directive also states that, “Member states are obliged to ensure that advanced electronic signatures, which are based on a qualified certificate and which are created by a secure-signature-creation device:
- Satisfy the legal requirement of a signature in the same manner as a handwritten signature
- Are admissible as evidence in legal proceedings”
What is the legal standing of electronic signatures?
This section considers the legal standing of electronic signatures:
In directive 1999/93/EC on electronic signatures, the EU sought to ensure that there would be no discrimination against the use of electronic signatures on the grounds of them being electronic. The objective of this directive was to create a community framework for the use of electronic signatures to allow for the free cross-border flow of products and provision of services, together with a basic legal recognition of electronic signatures throughout the EU.
The directive is extremely important to the future of e-Mandates, particularly for billers operating in multiple member states, as it will encourage the acceptance by stakeholders of various types of electronic signatures.
The directive recognises two forms of electronic signature, a basic electronic signature and an Advanced Electronic Signature.