Replacing Wire Transfers with Blockchain Signet and JP Morgan

By Steven Anderson February 15, 2019 Off
JP Morgan

JPMorgan is planning to move its USD using the blockchain.  And, a New York Bank has been doing this for more than two months now.

According to the bank executives, ever since the launch, more than 100 clients have been using the Signet system in order to send each other millions of dollars in a day round the clock. 

Joseph J. DePaolo, the CEO and President at Signature Bank, stated, “We can say there are trades going on in millions some days and there are tens of millions on other days, and I would state the numbers of clients we have doing this is in the triple digits.”

Signature is the US bank that provides deposit accounts for cryptocurrency startups.  There are other banks like the Metropolitan Bank and Silvergate Bank in San Diego doing this. According to the executives, Signet is now being used by non-crypto businesses too. 

Signet has been previously made the payments platform for their renewables energy customers by American PowerNet, which is an independent electrical power trading firm.

DePaolo stated that Signature is synchronizing two other “ecosystems” where moving money and property is important.  He further added, “We will shortly onboard a substantial cargo ecosystem and wholesale on diamonds,” however, he did not name the organizations for the cargo and wholesale diamonds.  He further added that Signature is also involved in talks with a major insurance company.  And he also stated about why such a company will be interested in such real-time payments, by stating:

“If you have ever been involved in a commercial real estate closing, usually all the lawyers are sitting around eating lunch waiting for the wire transfer.”  Thus implying that there is a need for faster transactions.

Signature Bank has less than 2% the asset size when compared to JPMorgan.  Therefore, it comes as no surprise that DePaolo and Signature Chairman Scott Shay were taking pride in pointing in comparing JMP coin to what they already have.

Both of these Signature’s blockchain system along with JPM Coin run on private variants of the Ethereum blockchain technology.   JPM uses Quorum.  Quorum is mainly focused on data privacy fork on the Ethereum public blockchain code.

Signet platform is built on true digital, which is a proprietary blockchain that uses Ethereum as its base.

Both of these platforms involve stable coins that are pegged to the real world USD that is deposited in the bank in exchange for tokens which clients can use to transact with each other using the distributed ledger.  They will be able to redeem it 1:1 with the financial institution.

Replacing wire transfers with blockchain is the current goal meant to keep clients connected 24/7.