Fireblocks Claims Exchange Program Enables Zero-Confirmation Crypto Deposits

Fireblocks says its new system provides crypto deposits on exchanges with zero confirmations and in real time.

Jul 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 9:36 a.m. UTC

Digital asset storage and transaction firm Fireblocks is hoping to drastically speed up cryptocurrency trades for big players and institutions.

  • The company launched what it calls the Deposit Acceleration Program on Tuesday, a system that is claimed to offer crypto deposits on exchanges with zero confirmations in real time.
  • The program would greatly reduce the time it takes to settle large transactions on-chain and has potential to bring fresh institutional trading volume to exchanges, according to a press release provided to CoinDesk.
  • Stephen Richardson, Fireblocks' VP on product strategy, told CoinDesk the program effectively locks digital assets into a transaction, preventing the possibility of an inadvertent double-spend or resubmission of the transaction.
  • Most exchanges require the digital assets to be loaded on their platform before trading – a process that can take from 10 minutes to 24 hours, depending on network and levels of congestion.
  • A deposit isn't normally available on an exchange until the transaction has been confirmed a number of times by miners on the cryptocurrency's network.
  • This delay poses a problem for those wanting to quickly take advantage of arbitrage opportunities or those exchanges running on tight liquidity margins, Fireblocks said.
  • Antigua and Barbuda-based crypto derivatives exchange FTX has become the first to join the program, meaning Fireblocks customers can now send cryptos to FTX with zero confirmations in real time.
  • The firm is hoping to partner with more exchanges on the program.

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