Tata Consultancy Services’ Award-Winning Solution to Facilitate Issuance and Transactions in CBDCs across Wholesale and Retail Models
MUMBAI, October 11, 2022: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) announced that it has enhanced its award-winning Quartz™ solution to enable central and commercial banks to support the entire lifecycle of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) issuance, book-keeping and transactions.
The digital equivalent of government-issued bank notes, a CBDC can help a central bank move towards a globalized, secure, cost-effective, and traceable payments settlement system, while also promoting financial inclusion and helping counter threats that can arise from unregulated cryptocurrency markets. The use of Distributed Ledger Technology in a permissioned blockchain model makes CBDC deployment architecturally different from other crypto assets, while its real-time connectivity between market participants will ensure instant payments and reduced transaction costs.
TCS’ award-winning Quartz solution provides the capability to issue, trade and settle a variety of traditional as well as tokenized assets, and handle payment transactions. It bridges the conventional and digital world, helping organizations manage issuance and transactions of various kinds of digital assets, without the need for a central third party. With the enhanced solution, central banks will be able to manage the issuance and distribution of CBDCs while commercial banks can transact with other banks and payment services providers using CBDCs as well as offer their customers the ability to hold CBDC balances.
The Quartz solution’s configurable, hierarchical account structure is designed to bring in flexibility to support each country or region’s CBDC adoption model guided by the local monetary policy and financial inclusion strategies. This account structure allows CBDC balances to be held in consolidated as well as segregated form, along with near real-time synchronization with central bank systems.
The solution’s coexistence strategy will help banks and other organizations in rolling out CBDC based services with minimal impact. The Quartz Gateway, through its microservices architecture and availability of REST APIs, will help banks integrate the new solution with their existing applications. Banks can invoke these APIs for CBDC transactions related to payments, settlements, and cross-border transactions in the same manner as with fiat currencies.
Vivekanand Ramgopal, President, BFSI Products and Platforms, TCS, said, “Central banks around the world are experimenting with CBDCs in their efforts to transform payments and settlements and create an open and safe monetary system that encourages innovation. We have extended the capabilities of our Quartz solution to help our customers in central banking, financial services, payments, and other industries to adapt to this strategic transformation. Further, its co-existent microservices architecture enables financial institutions to introduce these next generation services even as they retain their existing systems.”
About Quartz – The Smart Ledgers™
Quartz comprises Smart Solutions, a set of ‘designed for blockchain’ business offerings for different industries; Ledgers, Off-the-shelf ledger structures, functions, and APIs for business processes across various domains; the DevKit, a smart contract development kit to enable programming of high-quality code on multiple blockchain platforms; the Gateway & Command Center for the integration of existing solutions with blockchain ecosystems and their administration and supervision. Built on the core principles of Coexistence, Integration and Interoperability, and a solution design that leverages a unique on-chain/off-chain approach, Quartz enables existing systems to coexist and integrate with blockchain platforms and other messaging networks.
With Quartz, you can facilitate the creation of a complete decentralized ecosystem for stakeholders in your value chain. Quartz caters to organizations across Industry segments including Financial Services, Banking, Supply Chain, Energy & Utilities and eGovernance.
To know more about Quartz, please visit: https://www.tcs.com/quartz