American Express to Develop Blockchain Based Solution

One of the largest bank cards issuer is interested in distributed ledger technology
16 March 2018   186

The international payment giant American Express is actively exploring the possibilities of blockchain technologies to increase the speed of transactions. This is reported by Coindesk with reference to new patent file.

The document, published on the website of the US Patent and Trademark Office, describes a method in which a payment request is first sent to a special blockchain system, the algorithms of which determine whether approve or reject the transfer. A variety of factors are used for the assessment, including risk analysis.

If the payment request is approved, the system automatically processes the transaction, making appropriate changes to the balance of the sender and the recipient. To access the system, users will need to create digital blockchain-wallets. Thus, all payments will be processed directly in the block, bypassing third parties like banks.

The patent also mentions P2P payments made with the help of a blockchain.

A payment network based on peer-to-peer payments may be used to facilitate most functions of traditional card payment networks and to enable additional services and functionality.
 

American Express' Patent Application

At the same time, the volatility of bitcoin prices and the fact that the first crypto currency is based on a public distributed ledger are called the main reasons why this network does not meet the requirements of American Express.

 

Zilliqa is holding a meetup in Singapore

High throughput blockchain platform Zilliqa is organizing a meetup session in Singapore on May 23 to share its progress and preview its new smart contract language Scilla
24 April 2018   26

A meetup titled "Zilliqa: Sharding in Action & Security by Design" by Zilliqa project will take place on May 23 at The Metro@ thebridge. Zilliqa is a new high-throughput public blockchain platform that can enable real-world applications considered impossible up to the moment. Zilliqa utilizes the idea of sharding to reach thousands of transactions per second without sacrificing security and decentralization.

The session will covering the so-far progress of the project, the partners joining the project and the preview of the new smart contract language Scilla that further improves on security for smart contracts. The event is going to be broadcasted love on YouTube. The agenda of the meetup is as follows

  • 18:45 - 19:00 Overview of the Zilliqa project
  • 19:00 - 19:20 Session with partners of Zilliqa
  • 19:20 - 19:50 Demo: Testnet & secure smart contracts with Scilla
  • 19:50 - 20:40 Networking

At the moment of publication, Zilliqa market parameters are as follows:

  • Average price $0.099018
  • Market cap $721,249,874
  • Volume (24H) $86,625,700