Sardine vs. Unit21

Looking for a Sardine Alternative?

Crypto startups, digital banks, and Fintechs must have robust fraud and compliance solutions in place to address financial crime and regulatory obligations.

While new solutions like Sardine offer an all-in-one approach tailored to the specific needs of digital-native financial institutions, it’s essential to consider factors such as implementation timelines, product flexibility, and reliance on professional services.

If you want a Sardine alternative that is designed to:

  • Quickly implement so your organization can start realizing value from your investment sooner
  • Provide robust protection by allowing you to effectively prevent, detect and remediate risks associated with fraud or money laundering
  • Be a cost-effective solution to maintain by reducing dependency on engineering resources

Then you should take a look at Unit21’s infrastructure for fraud and AML teams. With Unit21, you can: 

  • Implement our infrastructure in three months or even less
  • Tailor the platform to align with your organization’s unique requirements and risk management strategies  
  • Empower your teams to configure and adapt scenarios, rules and workflows independently, reducing the ongoing need for vendor involvement 

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How Unit21 Compares to Sardine


Data Ingestion

Data ingestion via API

Flexibility ingesting data

Risk Engine

Out of box rules for transaction monitoring

Dynamic rule builder

Customization without engineering resources

Shadow mode

Sandbox environment


Direct integration with TRM and Chainalysis

Real time rules

Case Management

Agent Queues

Team & Alert Reporting

Alert prioritization

Alert scoring

Custom workflows

Automated SAR Filing

Link Analysis

Unit21’s Superpowers

Take Advantage of All Your Data

Sardine’s API integrations can be pretty complex. With Unit21’s robust integration capabilities, you can easily connect and ingest data from various sources. Incorporating a wide range of data sources can create a more holistic view of your risk landscape.

Lower False Positive Rates

Unit21’s shadow mode feature enables you to test and validate rules before deploying them into production. By leveraging historical data or current data in a controlled testing environment, you can assess the performance and impact of your rules without affecting live operations.

Reduce Operational Costs

Unit21 offers a no-code configuration approach that allows you to customize your rules and case management dashboards without requiring extensive engineering resources or professional services.

Why Choose Unit21 Over Sardine?

As Fintechs rapidly scale their operations and strive for innovation, having an agnostic set of investigation and remediation tools becomes crucial for effectively managing fraud and money laundering risks.

Unit21 recognizes this need and provides a comprehensive solution that empowers Fintechs to address their specific objectives. Unit21’s track record of successfully supporting companies like Binance, Chime, and Circle demonstrates our ability to meet the needs of organizations with similar goals.


Accelerate Time to Value

  • Get up and running in days by leveraging Unit21’s Rapid Ingestor, a simplified flat file format that allows for rapid deployment
  • Unit21’s no-code configuration eliminates the need for lengthy deployment cycles by  empowering users to set up, test and validate rules without relying on engineers
  • Kickstart your  fraud and compliance operations with pre-configured templates and out-of-the-box rules 


Scale Infrastructure as You Grow

  • Unit21’s platform is built on scalable cloud infrastructure that allows for seamless scaling as your data and transaction loads increase
  • Modify or adapt case management workflows easily as your business requirements evolve or new compliance regulations come into effect
  • By employing distributed systems and load balancing techniques, Unit21 can handle increased data volumes, user traffic and possessing demands as your organization scales

Have Confidence in Your Risk and Compliance Efforts

  • Consolidate all relevant data and information in a single location so you can easily analyze and investigate potential risks or suspicious activities
  • Interactive dashboards and reports enable you to monitor trends identify emerging fraud trends or money laundering scenarios and track key performance indicators to empower your teams to optimize risk strategies
  • Unit21 understands that every organization has unique risk profiles and compliance requirements and our platform offers customization options that ensures our solution adapts to your evolving risk landscape

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Trusted by startups and the world's largest companies

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"We qualified every solution possible. The flexibility and automation of the Unit21 platform made the decision simple. Unit21 is extremely data agnostic, which means we don't need to wait for months to integrate."

Jerry Chou
Chief Compliance Officer at Line

reduction in false-positives
within 90 days of using

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“When rules are capturing fraud fast, you’re creating a good impact for your customers. We’re also able to empower our fraud team so they feel more confident and creative. They aren’t manually looking for alerts and can push the limits of their capabilities."

Alex Faivusovich
Head of Fraud Risk at Lili

reduction in fraud loss
and cut investigation
time by 75% with Unit21

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“Unit21’s platform is actually built with the customer in mind. Unit21 was also very easy to integrate. We easily saved months of engineering effort if we built this on our own. The case for ‘buy’ has never been more straightforward.”

Erika Roodsari
Head of Risk Products at Intuit

reduction in alert
investigations times

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"Unit21 is solving our biggest problem by monitoring hundreds of thousands of customer accounts. And the best thing is that we have been able to achieve a steady 15% false positive rate. That is a huge deal in an industry where 90 - 95% is the norm."

Kailey Klein
Compliance and AML Officer at Bakkt

false-positive rate
achieved with Unit21
and reduced SAR filing
time by 78%

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"To create a rule/model on our prior system took a matter of days, from ticket submission through implementation. With Unit21, it takes approximately 1-2 hours to compose the rule syntax, run the validation, and implement."

Brian Higdon
CFO at Envel

reduction in rule validation/deployment
time and cut alert
investigation time by 66%

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