Singapore startup Tangem released its own version of a physical bitcoin banknote at a shopping centre in the city yesterday.
The banknotes are available in denominations of 0.01 BTC ($98) and 0.05 BTC ($485) at launch. Each note is a Samsung Semiconductor S3D350A chip which reportedly cost the Tangen $2 to manufacture. according to Cision PR Newswire, the Tangem Note is the first hardware storage solution with certification for its entire electronics and cryptography to Common Criteria EAL6+ and EMVCo security standards
Tangem co-founder Andre Pantyukhin is confident that the new notes are completely safe, maintaining that the chip, ‘addresses all known attack vectors on hardware and software levels” and the accompanying wallet is uncopiable.
The company’s headquarters are in Zug, Switzerland’s answer to Silicon Valley, home to over 200 blockchain companies and a global hub for cryptocurrency. Tangen says it has now has plans to distribute its notes globally, beginning with a first shipment of 10,000 production notes to prospective partners and distributors around the world for commercial pilots.
Pantyukhin comments that the notes have real advantages for the user and transfer of ownership is exactly like a fiat note in that as soon as the note is handed over, so is ownership, “Physically hand over the whole wallet together with the blockchain private key. No transaction fees, no need to await confirmation blockchain.” Each note will allow a user to instantly verify the validity of the assets by NFC via smartphone. He adds the company is continuing production with goal facilitating, “immediate, free and anonymous,” transactions for users.
According to Tangem’s press release the concept behind the notes was make the spending of crypto easier, “to radically improve the simplicity and security of acquiring, owning, and circulating cryptocurrencies for both sophisticated and incoming users.”
Although based in Switzerland and Singapore, Tangem manufactures in centres in South Korea and Southern China, Taiwan, Russia, and Israel.
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