|As you may have guessed, not all remote deposit capture systems are the same. They’re all made to accomplish the same general purpose, but there are a few subtle differences in the way they go about it. Here are a few of the more important distinctions to be aware of:
Browser-Based vs. Software (“Client”) RDC
The difference here is about whose computer is running most of the programs — yours or your bank’s.
A browser-based RDC system, as the name implies, is one in which you use a web browser to log in to the bank’s remote deposit service, and then begin scanning checks. Most of the software, except for a barebones package containing a few items like the scanner drivers themselves, runs on the bank’s servers. Welcome to the cloud.
Some advantages of a browser-based remote deposit capture system include:
Some drawbacks of a browser-based system include:
A software-based, or “client,” remote deposit system is a program that is installed and runs on your computer, and communicates with your bank when needed via a secure connection that is launched from within the program. It is typically a good option for scanning large numbers of checks at once, or when your RDC system needs to interact with other programs on your computer.
Some advantages of software-based RDC include:
Some drawbacks of software-based RDC include:
Most banks have moved away from client-based to cloud based applications due to the efficiency of keeping the software up to date managing the overall application.
Mobile Remote Deposit
Using a smartphone camera instead of a PC and scanner to capture the check image. Major advantages include the convenience and cost (tends to be cheap or free). Significant drawbacks are the effort involved to capture a useable image, as well as a tendency for banks to impose low item and dollar-amount limits.
Specialized Remote Deposit Functions
Some banks and other companies have developed versions of remote deposit that interact with other financial/bookkeeping software such as QuickBooks or NetSuite. Some are also designed to work with various business or practice management software. Many remote deposit programs include the ability to create data files in common formats that are easily imported by other programs and databases.
Other Features and Distinctions to Ask About
The above are just some of the more common variations you’ll find in remote deposit capture. Other issue that may vary from bank to bank include:
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