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Intel and Filament Push for a Blockchain IoT Future

Enterprise blockchain developer Filament, which receives significant Intel investment, has released an Internet of Things(IoT)-optimized, USB Blocklet chip.

Filament chief executive Clift-Jennings explained, “Many products, not all, have the ability to connect to USB. These are for manufacturing lines – we have a version of a USB product that plugs into the onboard diagnostics port in vehicles. It’s very much trying to drive toward machines being transactive in nature.”

Blockchain can be used to increase transparency between designers, service providers, and end users, making license management safer, providing production-quality data and becoming resilient against counterfeiting via secure design storage.

Counterfeiting and product integrity

According to BusinessWire, the global total of counterfeited goods has increased to USD 1.2 trillion. Counterfeiting of clothing and textiles primarily affects profits, whereas fraudulent components for machinery, cosmetics, and consumables can have a more detrimental effect by risking health and safety. It is believed that up to 10% of aircraft parts are counterfeit. The outsourcing of services causes difficulty in tracking the source and quality of components, as well as where maintenance is carried out.

The global distribution of manufactured components, must take steps to guarantee the security of plans, and provide data that is tamper-proof and in line with regulations and production standards. This must be achieved while preventing the misuse of plans to manufacture counterfeit goods.

Blockchain IoT shaping the future

Data drives innovation so the ability to share or sell manufacturing data on a ledger could fast track other businesses. Autonomous cars are going to rely heavily on driver data to increase safety in their transition to level 5 (the highest level of autonomy). Having existing hardware produced by IBM or Filament with a variety of companies from Microsoft to Amazon offering blockchain API frameworks, this could quickly accelerate blockchain proof of concept in the industry and change how data is shared an analyzed.

Big companies such as Mastercard are already looking at the applications for blockchain to track goods, providing consumers with product integrity. This could then extend right through to the manufacturing level with the use IoT-optimized hardware.

Intel’s investment in Filament is part of their blockchain initiative for large-scale industrial IoT deployments. The vice president and general manager of Intel, Doug Fisher said, “At Intel, we believe the future of IoT will be enabled by smart, connected, secure edge-devices that drive a data-based economy.”

 

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HSBC and ING Announce Successful Utilization of R3’s Blockchain Platform

HSBC and ING bank have recently reported that they have utilized blockchain technology using R3’s Corda blockchain platform.

The banking conglomerates used the tech to achieve a transaction that oversaw soybeans, shipped from Argentina to Malaysia via Singapore. Additionally, a letter of credit between the two banks was issued directly from the R3 Corda platform.

HSBC and ING commented that the transaction was a success, demonstrating that blockchain technology had been used in a commercial and operational setting.

The trade finance industry is worth around USD 9 trillion. Using any number of conventional monetary means of managing these transactions can take days, with multiple parties included. With blockchain technology on a single platform, the transaction took less than 24 hours to be completed.

Credit letters are one of the most commonly used methods for reducing the risk involved between importers and exporters. These letters help guarantee more than USD 2 trillion worth of transactions annually, and it is a lengthy and time-consuming paper trail that can take between five and ten days to complete.

Vivek Ramachandran, HSBC’s head of growth and innovation stated, “Trade finance transactions have been made simpler, faster, more transparent and more secure. The need for paper reconciliation is removed because all parties are linked to the platform and updates are instantaneous. The quick turnaround could mean unlocking liquidity for businesses.”

The transaction was received well by third parties involved. “Blockchain is a key technology we are exploring and using with our customers and, now, using for ourselves with the completion of this transfer on Corda,” explained Rani Misra, regional treasurer, APAC, Cargill.

Events have led R3, the company behind Corda along with 12 other supportive banks, to further the reach behind this technology, in a hope to expand the network as a utility for the trade finance sector and to waive all paper-based documentation.

 

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Ripples xVia Continues to create New opportunities

UniPAYExchange4FreeFairFXRationalFX, and MoneyMatch are among 5 new customers to adopt Ripples xVia API solution to power payments.  xVia provides a payment platform for less developed countries with emerging markets so they can make faster payments and mitigate manual reconciliation costs.

Emerging markets

Emerging markets often have some aspects of a developed market, but don’t necessarily have a high income, many opportunities for foreign investment, capital flows, or any other developed qualities. The four largest emerging markets are Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

These markets currently face obstacles for global payments as they do not have financial systems in place to that of more developed countries. They are often reliant on banking systems outside their own countries so they can take part in global commerce. Digital commerce in these emerging markets is growing with more businesses looking to join the global economy. Hedge funds in the fourth quarter for China and India, were up 20 percent,  reaching USD 230 billion in assets under management.

Africa currently is dependent on mobile money for its primary method of commerce. Vietnam is quick to follow China with growth in e-commerce and is looking to digital wallets as a means for cross-border payments. South East Asia’s digital trade is rapidly growing with almost 30 percent of online sales made over social media.

Shaping the future of global commerce

Millions of new businesses and people are all looking to access the global market. India is set for more than a billion new people to be interested in banking over the next five years. With transaction times growing, a higher demand for financial services we need to improve the way in which we exchange currency around the world. “Ripple’s goal is to provide a fluid flow of money that can help provide the opportunity both into and out of emerging markets, but also broadly around the world.” Blockchain technology has the ability to create a decentralized solution to improve global commerce.

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Sony to Combat Piracy with Blockchain

Sony the Japanese technology company, made an application on Thursday for a patent for a blockchain system to store digital rights data.  Digital rights management (DRM) systems, restrict access to copyright-protected content to those who have the permissions, this is often via a paid service or purchased copy. Customer identification could be stored on the blockchain, which could be used in the verification process to validate if they have the appropriate permissions to view or listen to the media. Sony believes a blockchain-based system could prevent piracy across a variety of media and data such as video, audio, games, and scientific data.

Impact of piracy

In a day and age where we have the internet at our fingertips, copyright infringement is a growing concern. Producers, developers, and service providers are continually looking to improve systems to protect their products.

Digital TV predicts a total loss of USD 52 billion across 138 countries between 2016 and 2022 for streaming services. Piracy, not only affects profits by the loss of subscription fees but puts ad related profits into the pockets of criminals. These figures do not include profit losses from illegal cable and satellite services.

According to Sandvine’s studies TV service providers are set to loose up to USD 4 billion as a direct result of pirated TV services. Up to 6.5% of North American households are believed to be viewing this illegally streamed media. As technology improves and more content begins to migrate to media players like HBO and Netflix, the material becomes more accessible to hackers. Piracy is no-longer a concern for just Hollywood and the music industry.

The computer game industry loses up to a fifth of its U.S market to piracy, USD 3.5 Billion. Globally, piracy costs the market 8.1 Billion a year.

Music piracy was on the rise in 2017 and was up by 14.7% from prior years. The US was at the top of the list, with 27.9 billion visitors to illegal music sites annually.

The Future

By country, the U.S. is affected most by the impacts of piracy and the industry is looking to take preventative measures. If piracy was to continue at its current rate, we would inevitably see a loss of profits, leading to a reduction in services or media offered. Blockchain could bring a fairer future for content providers and producers alike.

 

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IBM and Marsh to Partner for Blockchain Insurance Platform

IBM and insurance broker Marsh are developing a blockchain-based platform to maximize efficiency in insurance verification. ACORD Corporation and ISN will also be working in partnership with them.

The system will be built on IBM’s blockchain platform as well as the Hyperledger Fabric code.

Why a blockchain-based insurance platform?

A blockchain-based insurance platform can help in reducing time, errors and finally costs. Distributed ledgers have the ability to reform the global insurance industry by maximizing efficiency, giving legal certainty and instant access to documents and mitigating the issue of a single point of failure.

The distributed ledger will replace dated, manual, paper-based systems or digital systems by making the records irrefutable as well as having multiple copies stored. Removing the need for reconciliations and other tasks from a central authority will further reduce costs.

In a world where interactions are time sensitive, instant access to data will result in higher productivity, benefiting businesses. Blockchain will allow multiple participants to view, record and add up-to-date records that will provide more legal certainty due to their tamper-proof nature.

Proof of insurance via a distributed ledger with timestamped transactions will contribute further to increased integrity.

With a decentralized system, there will be no single point of failure. If one party was to have downtime or connectivity issues all data is recorded on the blockchain as transactions and can be revisited upon reconnection.

A permission-based system will allow participants to decide who joins the chain to view or add data. The system will normally consist of the broker, the insurer and the regulator.

How will the system work?

The broker will create a policy while actively mining to contribute to the verification of transactions. The insurer can then create multiple offers based on the statistics from the broker. The broker will then accept the offer and create the insurance policy.

Each interaction is verified and recorded on the blockchain providing transparency among all three parties as they can instantly view the offers or tamper-proof policy.

How quickly will systems change?

Insurance companies are often slow in modernizing its business processes. With a general lack of expertise and awareness around blockchain, companies are outsourcing their IT needs to other firms such as IBM. As blockchain becomes more mainstream and companies develop competitive edges, there will be a wider adoption of the technology.

Expertise in blockchain and security will have to grow to match the demand for new systems, while companies will have to collaborate in order to migrate their interactions over to blockchain. With the current salary rising for blockchain developers, however, not all companies may be eager to migrate currently.

 

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Pantera CEO Dan Morehead Calls Rare Bitcoin Buy Signal

Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead has stated that Bitcoin’ss sideways action at USD 8,000 is about to end, with the company today signalling a perfect time to get in for the long.

Morehead’s company is well known for its exclusive focus on digital currencies and blockchain technology. Its rational analysis is based on Bitcoin’s 200-day moving average, believing that it had crossed below that threshold today.

“Bitcoin just hit that rare buy signal again”, said Morehead. He added:

“On the surface, it seems as though the higher the 200-day moving average goes, the more bullish the market is (and the lower it goes, the more bearish). In practice, however, the reverse is true. Extremely high readings are a warning that the market may soon reverse to the downside. High readings reveal that traders are far too optimistic. When this occurs, fresh new buyers are often few and far between. Meanwhile, shallow readings signify the reverse; the bears are in the ascendancy, and a bottom is near. The shorter the moving average, the sooner you’ll see a change in the market.”

#Bitcoin Price Cycles

After a 1067-day bull market, a downdraft which is spot on previous bear markets in depth, retracement.

My old friends in the hedge fund space would love the Fibonacci 0.618 bounce.

If I were a betting man, I’d say we’ve seen the lows of this cycle. pic.twitter.com/KIO80OFJtk

— Dan Morehead (@dan_pantera) February 7, 2018

Pantera has only made four trade recommendations in seven years, most of which have been based on the 200-day moving average. It holds an impressive portfolio of the top three coins by market capitalization, along with other alternative coins such as ZCash, ShapeShift and Civic.

 

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Coinshares Chairman Danny Masters Bullish on Bitcoin Revolution

In a recent Bloomberg PNL podcast, Coinshares chairman Danny Masters took an in-depth look into the future of distributed ledger technology, security and regulation in the industry.

He said, “The distributed ledger technology that’s being pioneered by the development surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are really the democratization of transactions as in the same way when the internet appeared we saw the news and information traveling around without the need for news or big organizations as centers for distribution for the information. This is what is at the core of what makes this the revolution.”

Masters went on to talk about Coinshares as a digital trading asset hedge fund, allowing users to trade without actually owning any currency, hedging services or proprietary capital.

The Coinshares chairman defended the point that cryptocurrency was not causing a momentary global leakage in any leverage of fiat assets: “I think what is clear is that there was some regulatory sandbox, in which digital assets of all kinds existed. All the way from back when we started in 2013, right through the third or fourth quarter of last year”.

He said that when the crypto ecosystem was in the sub-10 billion dollar phase, it was still very experimental. But as the market rapidly approached a trillion dollars in late 2017, the media hype around it brought a lot of attention. Banks and governments could no longer ignore Bitcoin’s substantial potential for the future.

Masters is best known as the chief investment officer for Global Advisors. He manages over USD 800 million in crypto assets, leveraging Bitcoin certificates and selling them to Nasdaq in what is by far his most significant product pull.

 

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Samsung Investing in Blockchain Shipping Technologies

Samsung is joining a number of other companies in exploring the idea of using blockchain logistics to streamline global supply chains. It is reported that the tech giant has already begun developing a distributed ledger system to monitor international shipments.

Recently, IBM has teamed up with Danish shipping giant Maersk and India’s JM Baxi, in order to digitalize their import and export process with blockchain.

Energy is one of the most frequently traded resources and the implementation of a more efficient system has captivated market leaders. BP was testing a gas trading platform, while E.ON and Enel, have also experimented with similar energy trading platforms.

Sinochem, one of China’s main oil companies, used blockchain to monitor and store data on a shipment of gasoline to Singapore.

Issues surrounding current logistics

The top 20 exporters of containerized cargo transport a total of around  127.6 million fully-loaded TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit) globally a year. Countries with a higher level of human intervention can take up to 11 days to process logistics. OECD countries have managed to reduce this to about 9 hours but the process is still prone to human error.

Fraudulent goods are worth USD 1.4 trillion globally and tax avoidance continues to be an issue. Not only does this affect profits but health depending on the type of product and its use. There is a growing concern among consumers about imitations and problems with verifying the authenticity of a product.

Documentation can be held up or lost by middlemen, resulting in perishable goods being stuck in transit. This can end up costing up to a fifth of the total transportation costs as well as the price of the goods.

Benefits of blockchain logistics

Blockchain is set to help shippers, ports, customs offices and many other parties in the global supply chain by replacing paperwork with irrefutable digital records.

Blockchain could provide proof of provenance for goods by tracking them globally from the manufactures. Import details, fees, and taxes could all be programmed into smart contracts that release payments automatically once the conditions where met. Customers will see an improvement in services as the overall speed of the processes increase.  Tracking will include improved shipment data with timestamps and data being instantly accessible through a ledger.

Blockchain will benefit logistics by providing enhanced security and vendor management, as well as preventing the loss of goods.

 

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Santander’s Application Takes Blockchain Mainstream

Santander has claimed that its upcoming blockchain phone app One Pay FX can speed up international payments between multiple countries, in a process that will require “3 clicks and 40 seconds” to complete.

It is set to be initially available in the UK, Brazil, Poland, and Spain with plans to expand to more countries in the near future.

Santander’s blockchain application development

One of the world’s largest banks, Santander’s UK business sector and San Fransisco-based Ripple have been developing the international payment app since 2016. Back in January, the company released a presentation with details of a phone app and the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Ripple, a cryptocurrency built for enterprise and banking, aims to provide fast global payments, low transaction fees and other beneficial factors like blockchain security. It also looks to implement more bespoke functionality for the industry, which isn’t necessarily required by other coins.

xCurrent is the financial institution software solution currently provided by Ripple, offering end-to-end tracking and bi-directional messaging. Ripple claims many other features and qualities such as scalability which make it well suited for the banking industry.

Santander's Blockchain phone App
Credit: Santander Presentation – www.santander.com/csgs/Satellite/CFWCSancomQP01/en_GB/pdf/Earnings_Presentation_ENGLISH_4T17.pdf

Future banking built on blockchain

Although Santander is at the forefront of the technology, plenty of others are already working towards similar solutions using blockchain. With PKO Polski recently creating a partnership with Coinfirm and Toronto-Dominion (TD) bank applying for blockchain patents, there is a growing transition of organizations moving towards crypto-space.

A consortium in Japan is currently looking to bring in some 60 banks which are responsible for the majority of the countries financial assets (80%) to the blockchain age using Ripple’s technology.

Current bank transfers take two to four days to clear due to checks for fraudulent behavior, but blockchain looks to speed up the process while maintaining security. The use of blockchain also presents the opportunity to implement artificial intelligence which can now work with encrypted data as well as monitor and analyze transaction patterns.

 

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Liechtenstein to Bypass Heavy Crypto Regulations

Liechtenstein’s Prime minister has stated he wants to be at the forefront of the digital age, suppressing any burdensome regulations on blockchain technology.

The Liechtenstein government has the aim to provide its citizens with sensible but cohesive blockchain regulations; this will create a stable legal environment that will help further the country’s innovation within this sector.

While the matter remains uncertain in other countries, who aim to introduce blockchain and crypto laws steadily. With no global regulations insight from the recent G20 summit.

In a recent post, the Prime minister stated; “There is no point in creating regulations that are excessive and lacking in practical relevance because then the blockchain economy will simply develop outside the regulations. That surely would not be in the interest of any country. Therefore we want to propose a sensible regulatory approach utilizing this law, where the role of the state in creating legal certainty and confidence comes into effect where it is needed.” The new law will be passed by Liechtenstein’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority, which in the past has dealt with over 100 related inquiries within the blockchain sector.

The government gained notoriety, reviewing the legislation already in place, set by other countries, and is also in consultation with some fintech conglomerates. The PM expects the bill to be a fair-to-all law, once passed with the aim to present the proposal to the public this summer.

The prime minister also when on to urge that blockchain is the future and it can significantly change almost all aspects of our economic life and financial services.

In a Forbes article, Malahov one of the co-creators for ethereum had a chance to revisit the country, Malahov is a founder of Aternity and has based this new venture out of Liechtenstein. Stating ” Liechtenstein’s quaint valleys and fairytale castles are enough to attract any entrepreneur.”

 

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