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NPP: The First CBDC Platform Consolidating Banking, Payment, and Merchant Services

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The financial system plays a significant role in the economy. Merchants form one of the greatest clients of financial institutions, and for years, merchants have been following bank policies religiously. Furthermore, the banking sector has been dormant, with banks operating conventionally with no notable innovation. Although most of them adopted mobile transactions, they were still heavily dependent on traditional systems. Besides, the transactions still have their share of setbacks, especially on fees and unsupported international transfers, making them inefficient. 

However, financial technology gurus are waking up to the realization that the financial industry and, more so, banking systems are due for a change. Apollo Fintech, a blockchain company based in North America and Africa, seems to be the new hope for the industry. The company utilizes modern technology, blockchain to revolutionize the banking service experience, including central banks, merchants, and people. Apollo Fintech has successfully integrated banking, payment, and merchant services in a single platform, dubbed the National Payment Platform (NPP), through blockchain technology capabilities.  

NPP Banking Service

Merchants have been content with traditional banking procedures and policies as they had no decent alternatives. According to most of them, the challenges associated with traditional banking were a cost they had to pay in their business. The system was generally characterized by slow transaction processing, high cost, limited usability, and inaccessibility. Apollo Fintech is changing the game in banking services and adding some value by giving central banks the ability to introduce a new currency, a digital currency. 

Several central banks have, in the past, attempted to launch a digital currency, CBDC, although none of them has been successful. However, the National Payment Platform is providing the necessary infrastructure. The platform will allow any central bank to issue a digital currency and onboard commercial banks, agents, merchants, and the people. That way, banking services will be accessible to all populations provided they own a phone. The digital currency will be held in an online wallet, and users only need to sign up online. 

Under traditional banking, over 1.7 billion adults had no access to banking services by 2017. The situation could be blamed on banks’ conditions on opening accounts and the accessibility of commercial banks due to their characteristic of concentration in urban centers. The NPP makes all banking services available on mobile phones, including phones utilizing outdated technology. Deposits and withdrawals will be instant through the online wallets, and they can also link the wallet with bank cards as an additional option for funds top-up or withdrawal. People will have banking services with them wherever they go as long as they have their phones, and all through the day and night. Further, authorized agents will be spread across countries to make the digital currencies and banking services available for the people.

NPP Payment Service

Among the significant challenges with payment services in conventional banking include payment processing speeds, especially for payments made abroad, and transaction fees. The National Payment Platform will solve these problems with the platform’s online wallet, the platform-compatible Apollo Knox Pay, and the CBDC. Users will be able to make peer-to-peer payments using digital assets in their wallets, at reduced costs. The payments will be frictionless, and users can even make payments abroad in minutes.

The platform offers different ways of sending payments, including SMS, its app, offline codes, and QR codes. It will allow economic players to save significantly on waiting times and resources, 

NPP Merchant Services

Aside from banking services, merchants utilize other platforms to advertise their goods to catch the eye of potential customers. Some make use of free social media, while others pay for slits in advertising platforms. However, Apollo Fintech’s new payment platform is providing merchants with this functionality. 

Merchants using the platform can publish a catalog of their goods and services directly on the payment platform. Interested users can buy the goods and make payments to the merchant directly through the platform. It also features a point of sale system that will allow users to sell their products and services directly and receive payments, although locally. 

Summing Up

Apollo Fintech has been among the top companies utilizing blockchain technology to revolutionize various sectors. While this article focuses more on the integration and added capabilities and functionalities in banking, payment, and merchant services, platform users will benefit from blockchain characteristics. 

Part of the benefits they will all enjoy is the quantum-resistant data encryption mechanism on an immutable ledger. The immutable and distributed ledger ensures that no more action can be taken once a transaction is complete and recorded. It will be the ultimate platform that solves cybersecurity threats all at once.

Blockchain technology will provide unprecedented safety in the financial sector and foster privacy in an individual transaction. For now, people only have to wait for the first central bank digital currency based on Apollo Fintech’s National Payment Platform and enjoy a seamless experience.

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TrueUSD Names Five Banks Holding the Stablecoin’s USD Reserve

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1. TUSD is currently in collaboration with five banks.
2. Partner banks provide a safeguard for TUSD’s asset security.
3. TUSD is now audited by auditing firm Armanino.

Stablecoin TrueUSD (TUSD) named five of its current bank collaborators that ensure asset security for its USD reserves.

According to TUSD, it currently works with Signature Bank, Silvergate Bank, Prime Trust, First Digital Trust, and BitGo for the safekeeping of USD assets that back the value of the stablecoin.

For one, Signature Bank is the first bank insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to launch a blockchain-based digital payments platform—Signet.

TUSD partnered with Signature Bank, a New York-based commercial firm, and was then integrated into Signet, Signature’s payment network, opening 24/7 minting services within two minutes. TUSD admitted that this development “greatly” improved its financial services for its users. Interestingly, TUSD transactions within Signet are free.

Another TUSD partner bank from 2021 is Silvergate. This financial firm became one of the first banks to set up accounts for crypto transactions and has since become known as one of the few crypto-friendly banks.

TUSD leverages the Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN), providing users with another “efficient” token minting service.

Together with SEN, TUSD reinforces its near-instant minting and redemption services with Prime Trust’s PrimeX. PrimeX enables TUSD holders to mint and redeem tokens round the clock, offering instant settlements.

Users of the stablecoin can also mint and redeem their tokens with TUSD partner First Digital Trust. Although the bank implements minimum and maximum transactions, TUSD saw this as an opportunity to provide its users with options, especially if they plan on minting or redeeming small amounts of TUSD.

TUSD is also one of the early stablecoins that crypto custodian BitGo included in its offerings. BitGo’s secure multi-signature wallets allow TUSD users to purchase the stablecoin within the wallet. 

With BitGo, users can purchase and exchange TUSD with no fee. However, a minimum amount of $1,000 worth of TUSD is required to mint and redeem.

TUSD revealed that it is exploring more ways to better its services for its users. To do so, it plans to forge relationships with more bank partners.Earlier, TUSD was reported to now be audited by Armanino, a top European auditing firm. Armanino will attest to the stability of TUSD’s smart contracts on-chain. TUSD, in turn, becomes the only stablecoin that has implemented such security standards.

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Winning Projects are In as TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 Season 1 Comes to a Close

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The winning projects are finally in as TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 closed on March 14, coming off of a thriving victory. We’ve been tracking the winning projects closely on the TRON DAO Forum on all four tracks, Web3, NFT, GameFi, and DeFi. 

The Forum has been an influential site for developers to come together, share ideas, create threads, and interact with each other about the crypto community, and activity on the Forum accounted for 40% of the overall score. 

Each track’s final review panel consisted of crypto experts, KOLs, and a public community review board, whose scores accounted for 30%, 30%, and 40%, respectively. Community reviewers transparently voted on the TRON DAO Forum.

The crypto community was earnest to see the results of the judging period, which began on March 8 and ended on March 11.

Here are the winning picks in each of the four tracks:

In the GameFi Track, the winner is TronNinja Arcade by the TronNinja Team.

TronNinja is a NFT GameFi project on the TRON blockchain where you will be able to use your NFTs as characters in-game while earning our in-game token TronNinjas Token (TNT) in the TronNinjas Arcade. Their goal is not only to play games but bring back the social aspect that arcades had.

In the Web3 track, the winner is dCloud by Cctechmx.

Their mission is to create an Open Source Web3 Cloud storage mobile app enabling its own ecosystem to enjoy a self-sustainable and shared economy. By separating dCloud code like this, we’ll be able to reduce the developing effort. BitTorrent team delivers the binaries, dCloud team devs focus on implementing them to the specific OS environment and coding a single Graphical Interface for both major mobile platforms: Android and iOS.

“Wow, what a piece of application! There is nothing like supporting decentralization hand in hand with cryptocurrencies. Better yet, still supporting it in TRON and BTTC blockchain technology. I will be waiting to be able to use it in our daily lives!” Said a commentator.

For the NFT track, the winner is VersacBrickSquad by TuruGlobal.

Their goal is to make real estate investment available for all since most people don’t have sufficient funds to buy their own real estate. The Versac Brick Squad is a collection of DAOs investing in real estate assets jointly managing the assets in a platform structure provided by TuruGlobal and with that making Real Estate investment accessible for the people.

“This is something we really need in this space. Community power should not be underestimated. The DAOs are the perfect tool to make the most out of all the smart people out there. Thanks for the explanation,” another commentator said.

As for the DeFi track, the winner is JustMoney Exchange by JustMoney.

They aim to build an ecosystem for the next generation of decentralized applications to power Web3 by allowing crypto users to trade and offer cryptocurrencies on several chains and facilitate the creation of a payment system that will allow crypto users to purchase goods and services online using cryptocurrency.

“New features that truly come in handy for newcomers. You don’t have to risk any money due to failed transactions on JustMoney Exchange. It’s the little things that matter, and the team ensures it does its best to cover any issues,” a commentator said.

The decentralized community is pleased with the project winners and can’t wait to see what’s to come for Season 2. Registration begins May 16, 2022.

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Winning Project Disclosed as TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 Season 1 Ends

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After a huge hit, the TRON Grand Hackathon 2022 disclosed the winning entries on the TRON DAO Forum in all four tracks, Web3, NFT, GameFi, and DeFi. 

The Forum has been a sufficient spot for developers to come together, share ideas, create threads, and interact with each other about the crypto community, and activity on the Forum accounted for 40% of the overall score. 

Each track’s final review panel consisted of crypto experts, KOLs, and a public community review board, whose scores accounted for 30%, 30%, and 40%, respectively. Community reviewers transparently voted on the TRON DAO Forum.

The crypto community was optimistic to see the impacts of the judging period, which began on March 8 and closed on March 11.

In each of the four tracks, here are the winning entries:

As for the DeFi track, the winner is JustMoney Exchange by JustMoney.

They aim to build an ecosystem for the next generation of decentralized applications to power Web3 by allowing crypto users to trade and offer cryptocurrencies on several chains and facilitate the creation of a payment system that will allow crypto users to purchase goods and services online using cryptocurrency.

“New features that truly come in handy for newcomers. You don’t have to risk any money due to failed transactions on JustMoney Exchange. It’s the little things that matter, and the team ensures it does its best to cover any issues,” a commentator said.

For the NFT track, the winner is VersacBrickSquad by TuruGlobal.

Their goal is to make real estate investment available for all since most people don’t have sufficient funds to buy their own real estate. The Versac Brick Squad is a collection of DAOs investing in real estate assets jointly managing the assets in a platform structure provided by TuruGlobal and with that making Real Estate investment accessible for the people.

“This is something we really need in this space. Community power should not be underestimated. The DAOs are the perfect tool to make the most out of all the smart people out there. Thanks for the explanation,” another commentator said.

In the Web3 track, the winner is dCloud by Cctechmx.

Their mission is to create an Open Source Web3 Cloud storage mobile app enabling its own ecosystem to enjoy a self-sustainable and shared economy. By separating dCloud code like this, we’ll be able to reduce the developing effort. BitTorrent team delivers the binaries, dCloud team devs focus on implementing them to the specific OS environment and coding a single Graphical Interface for both major mobile platforms: Android and iOS.

“Wow, what a piece of application! There is nothing like supporting decentralization hand in hand with cryptocurrencies. Better yet, still supporting it in TRON and BTTC blockchain technology. I will be waiting to be able to use it in our daily lives!” Said a commentator.

In the GameFi Track, the winner is TronNinja Arcade by the TronNinja Team.

TronNinja is a NFT GameFi project on the TRON blockchain where you will be able to use your NFTs as characters in-game while earning our in-game token TronNinjas Token (TNT) in the TronNinjas Arcade. Their goal not only is to play games but bring back the social aspect that arcades had.

“Congrats to the team for their dedication in building what adds great value to the experience of their users. So excited for the great success achieved so far and looking forward to achieving more success in the future,” a commentator said.

The TRON ecosystem continues to look forward to more projects in Season 2. Registration begins May 16, 2022.

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