Blockchain-bank Zamzam launched a demo MVP in the format of a payment wallet: Zam.wallet. The product’s main innovation is that users can send money by cell phone number, even if a payee doesn’t yet have Zamzam’s crypto-wallet.
The demo version of Zam.wallet is available in numerous formats and can be used by users of Web, iOS and Android devices.Currently, the system allows users to make payments in four currencies: BTC, BTC Cash, ETH and Zamzam tokens. In addition to transactions, the current version of Zam.wallet allows users not only to see their account balance and transaction history, but also to create a new account with SMS confirmation to their cell phone.
The transaction process itself is organised in a unique way: users need only enter the sum to be transferred and the recipient’s cell phone number. If a payee hasn’t installed the Zamzam app yet, he or she will receive an SMS with notification of receipt of funds and a link to register and download the app. If he/she doesn’t register, the payment will be returned to the sender.
The MVP is currently being worked on behind closed doors and has been presented only to a small group of investors. Officially, the MVP will be publicly available soon.
In the future, Zamzam is going to turn Zam.wallet into a convenient and inexpensive platform for cross-border payments of both fiat and crypto currency. It is also expected that Visa and Mastercard cardholders will be able to utilize their credit cards, thereby enabling clients to pay for goods and services using Zamzam.
Namig Mamedov — New technical advisor to Zamzam
Namig Mamedov is a businessman, patron and public figure who initiated a large number of regional, national and international projects. He made his way from a computer setup technician at Marko Computer Technologies to the chairman of the Board of the international Caspel holding. He worked as IBM representative in Azerbaijan. He is fluent in Turkish, Azerbaijani, Russian and English.
Namig Mamedov’s projects allowed to improve the quality of the communication system in Azerbaijan, and today the majority of the country’s branch networks and state institutions operate on the basis of this network.
Under his leadership, decisions were developed for the Tax Inspectorate of the Republic of Azerbaijan, including the initiation of a project to centralize and unify all tax reports on TIN(2002–2003),within which a private data transmission network was established along with AVIS, the first Automated Tax Information System in Azerbaijan(2004–2006).
- 2006 — Single Registration Window to simplify the process of registration of commercial enterprises;
- 2007 — project for the installation of a videoconferencing system covering all subjects of the Ministry of Taxes, regional divisions and departments;
- 2008 — electronic declaration system, thanks to which legal entities and individuals have been sending all of their declarations only in electronic form since 2008.
In subsequent years, Mamedov initiated more than 10 projects, which significantly improved, first of all, the organization of work of state institutions of Azerbaijan, and also made a significant contribution to business development.
By the decree of the President of Azerbaijan on February 6, 2014, Namig Mamedov was awarded the Tereggi medal.
In Zamzam, Namig Mammadov is in charge of developing strategic partnerships that include the implementation of a tax hub, as well as supporting the further growth and development of Zamzam and its expansion into the Azerbaijani market, establishing contacts with the presidents of various companies, participating in key decisions, thus making an invaluable contribution to development of the project and contributing his vast experience to its development.
Zam.exchange is an intelligent currency conversion system that offers the most favorable exchange rate without a spread (the spread is the difference between the rate of purchase and the rate of sale). Zamzam is creating a future, where people can access banking services quickly, safely and without intermediaries. The zam.exchange module is integrated into the zam.wallet multicurrency wallet (you can learn more about the zam.wallet here).
Available exchange operations in zam.exchange include Fiat / Fiat, Cryptocurrency / Cryptocurrency, Fiat / Cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency / Fiat.
How does the zam.exchange work?
The Zam.exchange connects to the largest traditional forex trading platforms through a special software using the FIX protocol, the international standard for exchanging data between participants of exchange trades in real time. The Zam.exchange connects to most crypto exchanges through the open source Wrapper API, which was developed by the Zamzam team and allows users to automate the receipt of requests from exchange servers. The module is able to connect to the largest platforms by interacting with them through a single interface and preserving maximum performance, security and flexibility.
The module works with Machine Learning with the following tasks:
- Analysis of user applications
- Monitoring of a set of cryptocurrency and forex exchanges, connected by API
The Zam.exchange analyzes all user requests and selects the most profitable platforms for performing sales operations with the lowest price for the user. We will publish a separate Roadmap on how to use Machine Learning.
Islamic banking is a financial system based on the principles of Shariah Law (legal Islamic provisions) and social justice, equal income distribution, and the prohibition of unjust enrichment and speculation. This definition might suggest that Islamic banking does have better responsiveness to clients’ interests than traditional banks. Integration with the cryptocurrency market has the ability to put it at the forefront of the modern banking sector. But first things first.
We propose to discuss in details Islamic banking principles, correlate it to other banking models and analyze its implementation by zamzam.
Is this a new era of financial relationships?
Islamic banking is not so widespread, but is being actively developed. In 2016, the total assets for Islamic banking were estimated at roughly $1,9 trillion. At the same time, there are over 300 organizations doing business according to Islamic banking principles in more than 50 countries around the world. According to AlHuda-CIBE, the total volume of the Islamic financial market will reach $3 trillion by 2020, and its growth rate is definitely higher than that of the traditional banking sector. Anyway, in many Muslim countries it is so.
The main differences from the Western banking system:
- Ban on paying interest
Islamic banks do not charge interest (Riba) but they make money in other ways. The fact is, they become a partner in a business that is going to take a loan. There is no predetermined percent per loan that could be related to the value or other terms of lending. The bank analyzes a potential borrower’s business project and evaluates its perspectives. If the result is positive, then the bank becomes a partner of the borrower, thereby sharing the risk with the client, and makes agreements about splitting of business’ incomes. If a business fails, then both the bank and the client bear the losses. Thus, the bank acts as an investor.
The principle of risk sharing and increased social responsibility of Islamic banking correspond to developing a new type of economy called the sharing economy.
- Preservation of agreements
According to the principles of Shariah Law, the execution of contractual obligations is mandatory for all parties to a transaction. This rule reduces the risks for all participants.
- Environmental friendliness of financial activities
Islamic banking prohibits speculation and financial support of trade in tobacco, alcohol, weapons, etc. Any gambling and derivatives are prohibited also, because they represent a major risk.
The role of Blockchain
Islamic banking and blockchain have a degree of convergence, as Islamic ideology is based on fairness and transparency that meet the principle of decentralization. Blockchain technology has great advantages that could be useful to the Islamic financial system. The most interesting part of blockchain is the smart contract that could contain the whole agreement between the Islamic bank and the borrower. Islamic banking could leverage these possibilities to enhance business processes and optimize operations due to the use of decentralized systems.
The merger of these systems would play a crucial role in boosting the Islamic financial sector. For instance, it could modernize legal documentation, reduce transaction processing times and costs for providers, as well as transaction fees.
zamzam and Islamic banking.
The implementation of the Islamic financial system is realized by zamzam through the zamzam fund, which undertakes the support of young professionals and Muslim social infrastructure development as its main goals. The zamzam fund is controlled by 12 recognized Imams from all over the world.
The main problems the fund aims to solve are:
- A crowdfunding platform for Islamic projects that will allow any person to represent a socially significant project approved by the Fund committee.
-Education grants for young Muslim professionals in the best universities of the world.
- Building of mosques, hospitals and schools that are chosen by members of the Fund committee and ZAM Token holders.
- Organization of significant Muslim holidays.
Attracting patrons who have the opportunity to realize socially significant projects.
There is another way how zamzam could implement Islamic banking, one which demonstrates the ideology of the Islamic financial system. The fact is that the zamzam bank acquires movable and immovable property for a borrower who can be both an individual or legal entity, thereby sharing the risk. In turn, a borrower acquires movable or immovable property from zamzam by installments. The price of the property contains the bank’s reward. According to this approach, the zamzam bank provides a client with mortgage loans, loans for the purchase of goods, etc.
zamzam is the first, or at least one of the first blockchain based projects implementing Islamic banking in the blockchain industry. This is an important step towards a big future, where a complex Islamic contract will be contained within a smart contract placed on the Blockchain.
Zam.wallet how it works
The Zam.wallet is a protected, multipurpose wallet with a user-friendly and functional interface.
It plays a key role in the Zamzam ecosystem by serving entities.
The main tasks of zam.wallet:
- Generation of necessary wallets (at first for cryptos and later for fiat money) and its safe storage
- Internal transfers between clients and withdrawal to external wallets
- Currency conversion by a separate module that is integrated with zam.wallet
How does it work?
Zam.wallet can be used by users of Web, iOS and Android devices. During registration a user types in his phone number and password. The user generates additional wallets for needed currencies, as necessary. Encryption and decryption are provided only with user passwords.
When sending a transfer, only a recipient’s phone number is needed. As an alternative, the user could specify a crypto wallet address. If a recipient has not yet registered in Zamzam database, a unique hash link is generated for such a user. The user gets an SMS that a current amount of money has been transferred to him and he has to register in the system to get them.
What should a recipient do?
- Install the application or go to the website
- A recipient will find the funds in the User
- Account and can use them if the transfer amount is less than $200
- Pass the KYC procedure (later, if the transfer amount is more than $200)
Interaction with blockchain nodes is done through the Json-RPC API microservice Wrapper written in Golang.
The Zamzam technical team headed by Andrew Skurlatov has approached the development of the wallet from the aspects of usability and ease of convenience for platform users.
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