Could we be just a few years away from solving all security-related complications of cash systems today? Daryl de Jori, Head of New Technologies at EDAQS, a German-Austrian technology company, says that may very well function as case.
De Jori, a business analyst and finance critic by background and renowned Hamburg based economy scientist, Reimund Homann,along with a small team of scientists, technicians, and developers, have spent the previous few years perfecting and testing the money security system DICE, its first hybrid product that unifies artificial intelligence and the daily life, that they believe could prevent cash crimes, along with solving all security-related complications of cash systems today, including passports and terrorism.
The innovation offers the chance of global change which will solve countless conventional problems with one single system and allows central and national banks to supervise and analyze all cash circulation without interfering with the privacy of the citizen. It not only produces anti-counterfeit bills but offers the first time in the history of cash an insurmountable protection. Categorized as a semi-governmental project for the general public benefit and classified as a “Governmental Reformation Venture” (since an effective implementation could only be achieved through official ways and with the support from governments), the technology is currently subject to negotiations with governments and national banks for a global implementation of the system.
The development of the DICE (acronym: Dynamic Intelligent Currency Encryption) emerged from the unquestionable dependence on a financial system that protects money while upholding the best level of security and privacy. Contingent identifiable banknotes, preferably with a custom-frequency and secure RFID or machine readable codes like Datamatrix, the DICE integrates reliable and innovative technologies that combine their benefits to incorporate them into an optimized security. Beginning with the identifiable banknote that connects to a digital security system to verify the banknote’s validity, a key feature is also the ability to devaluate banknotes that may have already been stolen from a DICE user or which are illegally circulating.
It is the goal of EDAQS that the complete banking and retail sector and also all entities with regular cash circulation will participate in the DICE system.Up to now, EDAQS has concentrated most of its resources on preventing cash crimes and forgery, but additionally to save lots of cash from vanishing as it is happening in Scandinavian countries. But because of the recent series of external appraisals, the DICE has been estimated at an averaged valuation of $5.6 billion and contains plans to skip a scheduled seeding process to immediately raise capital in a Series A financing, after undisclosed leading capital investors and EDAQS lobbyists showed interest to jointly take over the global implementation of the innovative and futuristic banknote system. Within the planned spin-off, the new company will create two strong market leaders with distinct brands, partners, operating characteristics and industry dynamics.
DICE combines several technologies and intelligent ways to solve almost all issues that governments claim to be the reason for the planned abolition of cash. DICE protects the citizen, the retailers and even the banks. And it gives cash a fresh and indisputable reason to call home on.
Among a variety of new development models there are several benefits of DICE. Firstly, counterfeiting of banknotes is a thing of the past and with the counterfeited value being greater than the production costs, counterfeiters would naturally need to undergo immeasurable efforts. Second, robberies will become less attractive and also with a limited usage of DICE, the chance of a worthless robbery would be higher than the ultimate gain. DICE also combats crime and as a result general cash-related crime will be reduced by almost a quarter based on the official crime statistics for Germany released by the authorities (5.96 million offenses in 2013). The incidental registration of the banknotes would also make it easier for banks and companies to manage cash because the complications of handling illicit money result in higher tax revenues.
Along with mapping out preventing cash crimes and forgery, EDAQS hopes to fight drug cartels and terror financing on a totally different level. The remote deactivation of banknotes opens up new effective tools in the fight the financing of terrorism. From drug cartels to Mafia organizations, the ever-present chance for the money being devalued later and the potential of determining the last retailer scanned position makes cash uninteresting and risky. With a profound change for legal tenders and other securities where its use would make sense, DICE provides passive protection mechanisms which have a preventive influence on the users’ security without impairing their privacy and gathers valuable geographical data of cash circulation along the way. Such data could be used to investigate the financial stability of a country.
If current government trends continue, a cashless economy does seem increasing. And while there are certainly positive outcomes that could be obtained by going cashless not all is rosy however. The darker facet of a cashless society, is the one that few are debating or discussing, but is really the most pivotal in terms of social engineering and transforming communities and societies. There are understandably concerns about privacy, especially when payments are made through social networks and above all there is an incalculable cost to our humanity. We’d lose our freedom to make decisions. It is easy to imagine a totalitarian regime using these tools to great harm. In Bitcoin Era , cash is directly faced with technological progress with crypto-currencies like Bitcoin and contact-less payment methods like Apple Pay, Google Wallet or QuickPay. However such technologies can be subject to monitoring and will be regulated in ways that could limit or even end its utility.
In his book “THE FINISH of Money”, Wired contributing editor David Wolman, explored the twilight of cash and its replacement with a panoply of better means of exchange. For one thing, Wolman notes, that national identity is strongly tied to having a physical currency. Then there’s the ultimate good thing about cash – its capability to enable off-the-books transactions. In a culture as paranoid about surveillance as our own, imagine the outcry if we were to move to means of exchange which were always traceable? The problem challenging arguments for a cashless society is that they’re rational, and our attachment to cash is not. A cashless society can be a society where there is no longer any anonymity.
Philosopher and economist Adam Smith observed that we are economic beings in the sense that our essence as humans is due to our capability to make fair trades for our labor or our products. We make these transactions in the presence of the usually benevolent “invisible hand,” as Smith called it in his book “An Inquiry in to the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.” The invisible hand optimizes our total production, and, more often than not, fosters our freedom. A “visible hand” monitoring each and every transaction we make could be one of the biggest – and least expected – threats to freedom we’ve ever encountered in human history.
In light of the dystopian outcomes in the evolution in the creation of a cashless society, DICE is billed at breaking the mold in terms of the protection of cash, since it not only improves cash circulation, but also the quality of people’s life. The benefits of the DICE system can only be positive.While it would obviously connect with the economy all together and to any place where money plays a significant role, however a whole lot would also change for private individuals. The technology is indeed far without the competition and in the long run, the ultimate point of arrival, of course, is that it’s unavoidable that banknotes become digital hybrids. Which is definitely a better substitute for a state-controlled digital cash system.
Ambitious as which may be, it is really just the tip of the iceberg. Of course, society has been through times of innovation in monetary technology before. Even though cash has been fighting the digital tide for quite a while now with the need to get beyond cash having been recognized in several countries, there’s no escaping the fact that we will always have a dependence on cash. Cash continues to be king and will remain in circulation for generations to come – for consumers and businesses. Hence, it’s never too late for businesses to safeguard themselves by safeguarding cash as a target. Additionally, de Jori thinks that DICE may also revolutionize the planet of finance through an effective long-term protection strategy that maintains confidence in global currencies.