Banking Through Networks of Retail Agents

Categories : Digital Money and payments, Technology and Operational Enablers


Author: Ignacio Mas

Technology can enable banks and their customers to interact remotely in a trusted way through existing local retail outlets. Customers can be issued bank cards with appropriate personal identification number (PIN)-based or biometric security features, and the local store – the “banking agent” – can be equipped with a point-of-sale (POS) device controlled by and connected to the bank using a phone line or wireless or satellite technology. Infrastructure requirements can be further reduced by using mobile phones both to hold “virtual cards” for customers and as a POS device at the store. This paper by Ignacio Mas explores the idea of retail agents.