Local banks roll out smartphone apps

  • Thomas Duryea, president and CEO of Summit State Bank, displays the bank's new app, which allows customers to deposit checks into their accounts by photographing the checks with their smartphones.

Want to deposit a check without leaving home?

Well, now there is an app for that.

Summit State Bank launched a free iPhone application that lets customers of the Santa Rosa bank make deposits from anywhere they have a web connection.

They just snap a couple photos of the front and back of the check, hit send, and technology takes care of the rest.

The money can be in a user's account the same day.

"This seems to be the wave of the future," said Tom Duryea, president and chief executive of Summit State Bank. "People can bank remotely."

Summit State is one of several local institutions offering new mobile technology in response to the changing habits of customers, who are increasingly banking online.

Exchange Bank plans to offer a similar service by the end of the year, said Bill Schrader, president and chief executive.

"We recognize the appeal it has to our customers," he said. "So we made the investment."

In fact, more people now prefer online banking to any of the long-standing options such as ATMs and bank branches, according to a recent survey by the American Bankers Association.

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