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Swipe is a crypto-fiat gateway that enables cryptocurrencies to be spent as fiat currencies in real time. Its mission is to "make crypto finance mainstream by connecting existing payment networks to cryptocurrencies".
Swipe features a wallet for users to deposit, store, and withdraw their cryptocurrencies. Users are able to spend these cryptos with the Swipe Visa debit card at any place that supports Visa payments.
Swipe also features a utility token, SXP, that can be used for paying for transaction fees, as a medium of exchange, and to receive discounts on the fees. 80% of transaction and withdrawal fees in SXP token are automatically burned on-chain.
The project raised 12.00MM USD via private and public token sales in August 2019.
1. What is Swipe (SXP)?
Swipe has developed a debit card and wallet platform that gives users access to spend various cryptocurrencies in fiat currencies on-demand. The crypto-fiat conversion can be done in a few seconds.
Swipe aims to make crypto finance mainstream by connecting existing payment networks to cryptocurrencies.
Project value proposition
Swipe allows users to deposit crypto into their Swipe Wallets, which give instant access to spend those funds in fiat currencies, while using traditional Visa debit cards.
Project key highlights
Fast conversion: conversions of cryptocurrencies are done in real time and approved within seconds.
Scalability: the Swipe Visa card works anywhere which allows Visa payments.
Security: all user assets are stored with custodial insurance, and the platform has received a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard ("PCI DSS") Level 1 certificate.
User-friendliness: card holders do not need to convert crypto to fiat manually, as the Swipe Network already provides funding sources for all conversions.
Token deflation: when users utilize the Swipe Network and use SXP on-chain, 80% of transaction and withdrawal fees are burned directly by smart contract.
June 2020: release of Swipe Wallet v1.4.
May 2020: release of Swipe Wallet v1.3.
April 2020: Swipe enabled Samsung Pay for Swipe Visa card holders,
February 2020: Swipe collaborated with CertiK to launch the Swipe Network smart contracts, and to build a timelock mechanism for team tokens.
2. Swipe's products and technical infrastructure
2.1 Existing products
The Swipe Wallet is the main hub to access the Swipe ecosystem of products. The wallet supports depositing, storing, and withdrawing fiat currencies, stablecoins, and other cryptocurrencies.
The Swipe Wallet also offers live market data for supported cryptocurrencies. Users will be able to access the price and volume data of the cryptocurrencies they hold with ease.
The Swipe Wallet enables users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies with fiat currencies, stablecoins, or other supported cryptocurrencies. Users may purchase supported cryptocurrencies with linked bank accounts and credit or debit cards.
Swipe Visa debit card
The Swipe Visa debit card is offered with two options: Swipe Saffron and Swipe Slate. The Swipe Saffron card does not require any SXP stake and comes with a lower spending limit, but includes a 1% cash back in Bitcoin (BTC). The Swipe Slate card comes with higher limits and 4% cash back in Bitcoin.
The Swipe Visa card can be managed directly within the mobile application. Once the user has ordered the card, he may activate the card within the wallet and track its status. Users are able to view their card numbers and history by either tapping on the card or on relevant transactions. The card includes security options including freezing or unfreezing the card, upgrading the card, viewing PIN numbers for ATM access, and viewing card numbers through in-app authentication.
Users may also select a “funding source” that dictates to the application which cryptocurrency will be used from the Swipe Wallet to convert to fiat currencies used on the card. The card then will be linked to its funding source balance from the Swipe Wallet, and enable the conversions of the cryptocurrency to fiat currency for the merchant at point-of-sale.
2.2 Technical infrastructure
The Swipe Network operates off-chain, which utilizes the Swipe API, and on-chain, which utilizes the Ethereum blockchain. A user can activate access to the Swipe Network with a 1 SXP deposit. All transaction fees and wallet fees are denominated in SXP. The following chart demonstrates the smart contract interactions:
When transactions occur on the Swipe Network, 80% of the fees, which are denominated in SXP, will be automatically burned by smart contract. The rest of the fees will be retained by the smart contract. In the future, Swipe plans to distribute the fees collected via a Proof-of-Stake mechanism to network validators.
All transactions are updated directly onchain, and then reflected within the Swipe API to notify users of the Swipe Wallet.
8,085,000 USD (majority of funds raised in BTC and XRP)
SXP token allocation (%)
SXP token release schedule
The following chart represents the number and breakdown of all SXP tokens that are to be released into circulation on a monthly basis. The percentages in the chart below reference the initial SXP total supply.
SXP token release schedule
SXP token overview & use cases
Swipe uses a two-layer approach to combine offchain and onchain functions on its platform. For offchain usage, supported cryptocurrencies can be instantly converted to fiat and used at point-of-sale. For onchain usage, users can use the SXP token to interact directly with smart contracts to perform functions, while 80% of fees in SXP are automatically burned.
Users may use the SXP token in the following ways:
Medium of exchange: users can store the SXP tokens in their wallets, and use them for fiat payments.
Payment for fees: users can use the SXP tokens for conversion fees and withdrawal fees.
Discounts: users can stake SXP tokens and receive discounts on fees.
Rebates: users are required to stake SXP tokens in order to access higher-tier debit cards and higher rate of rebates.
Staking: Swipe plans to implement a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism, where validators are required to stake SXP tokens.
Token governance & use of funds
As of the time of writing, Swipe has been self-funded, and has not used any of the funds sold through their public and private sales.
The Swipe team holds its funds in fiat, stablecoins, and other cryptocurrencies. The use of these funds are in accordance with an annual budget plan and requires approval from the Board of Directors.
4. Project team
Chief Executive Officer
Crypto OTC trader, as well as an early Bitcoin miner and investor.
Chief Operating Officer
Former Senior Creator at Vibal Group, and Designer at ASEC Asia.
Chief Legal Officer
Former Tax and Legal Officer at PwC and American Express.
Chief Technology Officer
Former Senior Developer and Project Manager at ING.
Nicole Del Rosario
Head of Marketing
Former PR Officer at Korean Culture Center in the Phillippines.
Head of Finance
Former Senior HR Officer at Regcris Group of Companies, Senior HR Generalist at First Corinthians MPC.
Head of Support
Former Admin Marketing and Finance Officer at IMMAP, Financial Accounting Analyst at Light of Jesus Family.
Head of Designs
Former Multimedia Designer at Creadits and Rich Media Manila Incorperated.
5. Roadmap & updates
5.1 Original roadmap & achievements
Acquired the Swipe branding, intellectual property, regulatory licenses, and Visa approvals
Built the Swipe Network to process real-time cryptocurrency conversions
Expand service coverage throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Southeast Asia.
Launch interest bearing accounts, credit and lending products within the wallet.
Expand service coverage in North America.
Add support for more payment channels to expand service coverage in Latin America and Africa.
5.3 Commercial partnerships and business development progress
Coinbase Custody: Coinbase Custody is a regulated custody services for various cryptocurrencies and stablecoins. Swipe and Coinbase Custody have formed a strategic relationship to provide custody solutions for the clients of Swipe.
BitGo: BitGo is multi-signature wallet platform and custodian. Bitgo provides multi-sig transaction support for Swipe, while Swipe offers Bitgo custodial services.
CertiK: CertiK is formal verification audit company that specializes in the blockchain technology. Swipe and CertiK work together to launch various components of the Swipe Network, and to properly audit smart contracts prior to mainnet deployment.