Set up in 2012 with an initial release in May 2018, Ripple and their native token, XRP, have made a huge impact on the industry since its conception. Currently based in the US and headed by CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, many view Ripple (XRP) as one of the token primed for mainstream adoption around the world.
Ripple was created in response to the many global payment problems which people face around the world. The company looks to alleviate the issues of speed and cost by producing a blockchain solution for both.
Their token, XRP, is made namely for enterprises. It provides an on-demand choice for sourcing liquidity in cross-border payments. Banks can use XRP to source liquidity in real-time on-demand without any need to fund Nostro accounts in advance. Others use it for its speed and reducing the cost of foreign exchanges.
The faith behest in the token from the engineers and consumers alike may be down to its real-world usability. Ripple has the fastest settlement speed of any cryptocurrency, clocking in at around four seconds, making it, in turn, a fantastic coin for financial institutions. Not only that, but its open-source technology is also a unique point which makes it more favorable. XRP is also very reliable, closing every ledger made with its XRP ledger.
For most payments internationally, Ripple uses their native token XRP to provide liquidity and transfer the funds without having to hold the funds in a bank in the country you wish to move the money too. So if you are sending money from the US to say America, you wouldn’t need to have an account with a bank in the US or have your money held by a bank and then transferred to the bank of the receiver. This also cuts out currency exchange providers too.
xCurrent is a messaging application made for financial institutions to help facilitate cross border payments. It allows for easier liaising between the various banks involved in a transfer overseas. The technology uses Interledger which was created by Ripple but is now managed by the World Wide Web Consortium. This only works for liquid funds like the Dollar and Euro.
xVia is a feature that enables xRapid and xCurrent to work more efficiently. This is done through API integration, which connects financial institutions, tracks payments and creates invoices.
Latest Ripple News
- Ripple made headlines with its partnership with Moneygram. The deal came about in Jul 2019 and the two have made a good start to the XRapid feature on Moneygram that allows settlements 24/7 and Western Union is also interested. Over 100 banks are also utilizing their xCurrent service too.
- Ripple has recently sent a stern warning to US regulators claiming that if there isn’t some more clarity on the situation then this may cause a brain drain with many cryptocurrency projects looking to leave. To illustrate their concern and commitment to change in their US home, Ripple opened a dedicated office in Washington DC for regulatory matters.