PRETORIA, South Africa, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Blockchain company Apollo Fintech is announcing the completion of its National Payment Platform (NPP), an innovative cashless system that enables a central bank to issue a sovereign, digital currency (stablecoin) for national adoption. After central bank issuance, the NPP system enables a government agency and/or central bank to add commercial banks and agents. The entire platform has the capability to power an economy, from merchants to peer to peer transactions using its app, SMS, QR codes, cards, offline codes, and more.
Authorized banks can onboard citizens and merchants for mainstream transactions including currency deposits and withdrawals, currency exchange, money transfers and payments for goods and services.
National Payment Platform
"The National Payment Platform is the only blockchain-powered system that enables users to make digital payments through a sovereign currency," says Stephen McCullah, CEO of Apollo Fintech. "The NPP enables regulated banks and commercial entities to harness the power of blockchain and facilitate frictionless transactions. This allows economic participants to save large amounts of time and resources and enables an economy to gain massive efficiencies at scale."
Online sign-up by merchants and citizens to facilitate easy accessibility and onboarding
Merchants can publish a product catalog to sell goods (and collect payments) directly on the platform
Merchants can use the point of sale system to sell goods and services locally
Deposit and withdrawal of funds via online wallet, as well as money transfers/remittances between wallets and abroad
Add bank cards to top-up funds or withdraw money
Generate efficiencies from frictionless transactions across an economy
The future benefit of quantum-resistant encryption of data on an immutable distributed ledger
Zero downtime of the database
Physically accessible throughout the country by government-approved agents/banks
The ability to make payments and check account data using only SMS
Mobile Money: Overcoming Challenges of Banking Access and Usability
The National Payment Platform is compatible with Apollo Cash, a cashless innovation that allows a traditional economy to transition to frictionless digital payments. The NPP removes the barriers of accessibility and usability by allowing physical access from any agent locally and by utilizing top up cards that could be sold in all major retailers. Unprecedented usability is offered by allowing digital currency transactions via mobile SMS and text messages, so anyone can use the system and benefit from blockchain.
"By solving accessibility and usability challenges, NPP in conjunction with Apollo Fintech's other financial innovations can lead to accelerated mass adoption of digital payments and cashless transactions," says McCullah. "When utilized, a government and central bank can leverage the security and transparency of blockchain on a national scale. This empowers a government to accelerate the transformation of a national economy and gain unprecedented efficiency, stability and economic control."
The World Bank estimated in 2018 that 1.7 billion adults globally are unbanked, which means these individuals do not have an account with a financial institution. However, two-thirds (1.14 billion) own a mobile phone which gives these individuals the potential to access financial services. (More than half of the global population do not own a smartphone.)
Through NPP, Apollo Cash, Apollo Bank Network and other cashless innovations, Apollo Fintech has created one of the first comprehensive, blockchain backed, frictionless transaction systems that can collaborate with a central bank and regulated financial industry.
"We're thrilled to have developed the first solution that enables a central bank to issue a blockchain-powered digital currency which can be sent and received through mobile texts," says Stephen McCullah. "This capability can bring enormous economic benefits to developing countries and to millions of banked and unbanked consumers. Furthermore, by removing the two major barriers to blockchain, accessibility and usability, it can accomplish two historical milestones, true mass adoption of blockchain and banking the unbanked."
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Apollo Fintech is a leading blockchain company that develops world-shaping fintech solutions for a global economy. Apollo has offices in Africa and North America with plans to expand in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Apollo Fintech is becoming a global leader in Government blockchain solutions, as well as pioneer of international mass adoption.