Geneva, 24 January 2018 – last night, at its gala launch event at the Metropole Hotel in Geneva, Metaco, a Swiss leader in the field of distributed ledgers and digital currencies, announced the launch of its new solution, SILO©, which allows banks to take safe custody of their clients’ cryptocurrency assets.
Even though cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, have become much more popular over the last 12 months, they remain extremely difficult to store. Individual holders are required to keep safe a private key, which many forget, lose or have stolen, while many cryptocurrency exchanges have gone of business, committed fraud or been hacked. It is estimated that, just for Bitcoin, over 2 million coins have been stolen at least once, representing more than USD22bn at today’s prices.
Metaco, a Swiss company with clients such SIX Group and Postfinance that has been operating in the cryptocurrency market since 2014, aims to solve this issue, which remains one of the last major hurdles for more widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies.
The SILO© solution, launched to an audience of over 80 senior bankers in Geneva last night, brings together cutting-edge software from Metaco with cutting edge hardware from Guardtime, a company which specialises in protecting firms and nation states from cyberattacks. The patented multi-wallet solution deployed partly on-premise and partly in the cloud is designed to manage multiple accounts with different currencies and includes security protocols such as multi-signature and transaction flow limits. In short, it allows banks to provide clients with the highest-grade protection of their assets while still giving them liquidity to trade and make payments.
Adrien Treccani, CEO of Metaco, commented as follows on the launch, “There is no question that cryptocurrencies represent the future of money. However, there remains one major flaw, which is likely to get worse now that microprocessor issues have been uncovered: that cryptocurrencies are so difficult to store. The world abounds with examples of bitcoin millionaires who lost their keys or had them stolen. SILO©, built exclusively for financial firms, solves this problem and allows individuals to trade cryptocurrencies with true peace of mind while extending the role of banks as custodians into the future.”
Ben Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer of Temenos which offers SILO© to its customers through MarketPlace, its app store, said: “Already an important store of value and an important asset class for trading and investing, cryptocurrencies will increasingly act as a means of democratizing asset ownership through tokenization. Metaco offers the best, most secure platform for banks wanting to provide cryptocurrency services. Our partnership is key to ensuring Temenos’ clients will play a meaningful role in the future of money.”
Mike Gault, CEO of Guardtime, commented: “Cryptocurrencies are an important new asset class demanding highly specialist, secure technology. By combining our experience and expertise with that of Metaco, together we have developed the most secure cryptocurrency platform on the market.”
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Metaco is a Swiss-based company with international presence. We bring together industry experts and most talented engineers to fulfill the requirements of financial corporations. Our aim is to offer outstanding value propositions to our clients in the field of distributed ledgers and digital currencies, with a particular focus on payment and banking.
For more information please visit silo.metaco.com
Guardtime is a team of over 150 cryptographers, developers and security architects, with decades of experience defending networks from nation-state attack. Over the last decade we have built a technology platform called KSI that allows us to tackle hard problems in security, supply chain, compliance and networking. Our business model is to build long term strategic partnerships with companies that are leaders in their field. Wework together, leveraging our platform to build new solutions and take them to
For more information please visit www.guardtime.com
About the Temenos MarketPlace
Launched at the start of 2016, the Temenos MarketPlace is a platform for facilitating the exchange of value between fintech providers and financial institutions. Its value proposition is based on curating the very best fintech solutions from around the world, certifying and integrating these solutions with the Temenos Suites, and making these solutions as easy to provision as possible. Today, MarketPlace is the world’s largest fintech store, with over 100 applications from more than 50 fintech providers.
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