Get to know Open Banking

What is Open Banking?

Open Banking is a broad term within financial services that refers to schemes designed to help consumers move, manage and make more of their money in secure and simple ways.

Open APIs developed by financial institutions enable merchants and organisations to build applications and services around those institutions, making use of functionality previously not widely available.

Open Banking has already gained widespread awareness and adoption across Europe and Latin America. In the UK, the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) creates software standards and industry guidelines to drive competition, innovation and transparency across UK retail banking. Find out more about what Open Banking is here.

Vyne leverages Open Banking to allow merchants to take consumer payments via bank transfer. Payments via bank transfer mean merchants are paid quickly, securely and cheaply, using a method that consumers know and trust.

How do I know Open Banking is safe?

Open Banking has been designed with security at its heart – here’s how:

  1. Bank-level security – Open Banking uses rigorously tested software and security systems. You’ll never be asked to give access to your bank login details or password to anyone other than your own bank or building society.
  2. It is regulated – only apps and websites regulated by the FCA or European equivalent can use Open Banking.
  3. Fine control – the consumer has the ability to control when, and for how long, they give access to their data. The consumer can also revoke this access at any time should they wish to.
  4. Extra protection – Bank or building societies will pay the consumer back if fraudulent payments occur. Consumers are also protected by data protection laws and the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Are there any limits to payments made using Open Banking?

Unlike other payment methods, using Open Banking does not limit the amount that can be paid. Each Vyne payment is set up as a bank-to-bank transaction, which means payment amounts are only subject to existing channel limits in place at the bank.

How fast is Open Banking?

Vyne helps merchants get paid fast, meaning the funds arrive in your account within a matter of seconds, not days. Vyne payments are processed as bank-to-bank transactions.

Payment type


Typical speeds

GBP domestic payments

Faster Payments Service (FPS)

Funds arrive within a matter of seconds, although a payment is able to be processing for up to two hours before it must be completed

EUR domestic payments

SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst)

Payments are required to arrive in under 10 seconds

How do I know I'll definitely receive the funds?

Unlike other payment methods, Open Banking transactions are authorised directly with the bank through mobile or online banking.

This means Vyne payments are at lower risk of delays due to subsequent checks by the consumer's bank. Vyne will provide a COMPLETED status when the payment instruction has been accepted by the bank. Find out more about payment statuses here.

Does Open Banking work for my industry?

Open Banking is a cross-industry payment standard which is suitable for organisations of many sizes and types who take payments from consumers. Some industry verticals such as gambling and online sports betting can be more prone to payment delays due to fraud and anti-money laundering checks carried out by banks. However, Open Banking payments have a 99.78% rate of completion and money moves from bank-to-bank without delays from intermediaries.

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