Introduction to the Solution
SageCity’s Internal Payments System (IPS) is a financial infrastructure tool for enterprise. It allows for immutable tracking and management of a user's assets and data. It's primarily for financial balances. The main benefit of this innovation is that by using sidechain technology on the SageCity network, enterprises can accurately distinguish users and their financial resources in a secure and low-cost way. IPS works in conjunction with payment processors by tracking payments received into a user's account and assigning them representative tokens for that payment.
With it, enterprises can:
Limit the involvement of payment processors;
Gather real-time analytics; and
Have a sidechain foundation that can be used to handle further processes in the future.
The Cryptocurrency Token
A token is deployed on the sidechain network and the tokens are held by the platform operator, ready for use. Tokens are divisible and can have their own value. Or, they be used to accurately represent a fiat currency, for example: £1 = 1 Token or £0.59 = 0.59 Token. Value can be enforced by the token operator as, in order for them to be circulating, they must have been paid for by a user. This allows an enterprise to maintain its own internal stablecoin. There are also opportunities to monetise elements of this solution for the enterprise.
Focusing on a Positive User Experience
On the intended platform, a user would proceed to the payment portal as expected. The user would input their card details, confirm, and approve the charge. That money is then facilitated by the payment processor and transferred from the user to the enterprise's bank account. Once the transaction is successful, the platform operator issues a fiat equivalent in the token. This then sent to the user's unique account and can then be used on the platform in their desired way.
When a user spends or sends those tokens, they choose their destination and hit a "Buy" or "Send" button. Once confirmation is received, tokens are sent to the desired destination.
In platforms in which redemption or “cashing out” happens, the tokens are sent to the platform operator and the equivalent in fiat is then sent from the enterprise bank account to the destination as requested by the user. The payment processor carries out this last step.
We believe that the blockchain revolution should be almost silent. Users should seamlessly carry out their usual activity and behaviours. They don't need to know that they have adopted a form of cryptocurrency. Our goal with IPS was to make sure that the product doesn't negatively impact the experience.
IPS has revenue benefits as an enterprise can allow users to have a “balance”. It can then introduce simple practices to get users to commit more in spending to the platform. Setting up a minimum deposit amount is an example of this.
What's in It for Enterprise?
1. Operating Costs Reduction
SageCity’s IPS mechanism reduces the involvement that payment processors have over the handling of money. With one of our pilot companies, we calculated that we saved them around 80% in transaction fees.
2. Real-Time Analytics
By using a cryptocurrency token on a blockchain you automatically gain a standardised way to track and monitor all data circulating on the network. You can track user balances, exactly when, how much and to whom they are sending transactions. As a result, you can view and collate real-time reports.
3. Accurate and Secure Recordkeeping
Blockchain technology is immutable as all data is verified and encrypted when it gets added to a block. Sidechains also have an added layer of “backing up” with the main SageCity network. This means that it is near impossible for someone to manipulate balances or information and it eliminates key person risk.
4. No Downtime
As long as you have at least one node on the sidechain, the network will run 24/7/365 with little to no latency issues.
5. Scalable and Adaptable Infrastructure
While the IPS and SageCity blockchain technology is being used to manage financial balances, a blockchain can store any type of data. This means that we have extremely adaptable infrastructure. In the future, it can be used to handle extra functions and features.
By the time this product is available to the public, a user will be able to input some custom information such as token name and Stripe API key. Then, the sidechain and token will be deployed. The user is given a program to run alongside the SageCity Wallet, some instructions, and code to insert into a few elements on their platform. The setup is incredibly straightforward.
To cover maintenance, the enterprise can purchase a small amount of SAGE from our company to pay monthly network fees.
Our Goal with the IPS
Over the last 3 months we've seen a clear demand for this type of system. This demand came mostly from innovative startups and SME's. These have led us to design the product and roll out a small pilot program with 3 local Edinburgh companies.
We're working closely with them to understand their needs and make sure our system is as accessible and beneficial as possible. So that, when we release the solution globally on our SAGE store, the product can handle all usages.
We also see a natural progression of this system into the gaming industry. In 2017, $22 billion was generated in gaming micro-transactions. This is a figure that was no doubt hampered by payment processors and financial middlemen. IPS provides a way to reduce these fees. But it provides a framework to track and assign balances to users. We believe that indie game developers will, in particular, find this beneficial.