PH fintech startup SCI creates offline digital payments technology

Philippine-based financial technology (fintech) startup Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) has come up with a new digital payments technology made for the offline population.

Dubbed Boom Cash, SCI’s new innovation is an SMS-based wallet that allows a person to send and receive money digitally without an Internet connection.

SCI co-founder and CEO John Bailon said Boom Cash is the product of an internal hackathon, the latest project to graduate out of SCI’s labs, and is currently on alpha version.

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Boom Cash sends and receives in digital currency, bitcoins, and stores one’s money in Philippine Pesos. It allows a user to benefit from the advantages of the Blockchain technology, which provides a shared public ledger made through a tamper-proof data structure.

“Leveraging on blockchain technology, Boom Cash combines the latest in payments technology with the tried and tested communication medium, which is SMS,” Bailon said, noting that in a world where everything is online, SCI aims to target the many who do not fall through the Internet sphere.

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“Using the latest technology and our extensive hands-on experience on the field, this new product is the result of our desire to find solutions for every problem we encounter in our market,” Bailon added.

SCI currently only supports the Philippines for Boom Cash. It allows people to make an account via the Globe, Smart or Sun networks.

Founded in May 2014, SCI is the first universal Bitcoin company in the Philippines which seeks to streamline financial services by creating Bitcoin solutions that reduce the costs of sending and transferring money.

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