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WWF Launches Blockchain Tracking System for Ethical Food

Conservative Organization Launches Blockchain-Based Food Tracking System

Reuters reported today that the World Wildlife Fund-Australia (WWF-Australia) has announced the launch of a new blockchain-enabled food tracking system that allows consumers and businesses to check instantly whether their food is green and ethical.

The solution dubbed OpenSC was developed in partnership with BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV) to help further the cause of preserving wildlife and reduce human activities towards the degradation of the planet’s natural environment. The system is said to be designed to ensure that consumers and food businesses acquire “sustainable and ethical food products”, as well as improve “supply chain accountability and transparency”.

According to the article, head at BCG Digital Ventures in Sydney Paul Hunyor noted that on one end, “those catching and producing things in a very unsustainable way, [find it easy] to hide behind the complexity of supply chains”, and on the other end, it’s difficult for those on the production end to communicate their sincere efforts along the chain.

Using blockchain’s ability to store immutable data, combined with machine learning and RFID technology, the system curbs the illegal acquisition and trade of food products – especially those obtained from wild-life.

While its application extends beyond the wildlife preservation to “anything from food to tissue paper”, the organization touts, the perk hinges on the use of blockchain – an emerging cutting-edge technology with tamper proof quality – by using an ID code stored on the ledger and traceable along the supply chain.

It’s interesting to see how an increasing number of non-virtual companies have found a place for the technology within their operations. In the past year alone, many companies have explored the use of blockchain in supply management, in proofing logistics, and providing more transparency to management structures that rely on data interoperability.

Last year, IBM launched its blockchain-based farm-to-store tracking system in partnership with Walmart and then with Carrefour. United Kingdom Food Services Agency (FSA) piloted the use of blockchain technology in a slaughterhouse. Kerala state in India also combined blockchain with RFID and IoT to monitor milk being delivered to millions across the state.

Blockchain continues to demonstrate how formidable it is in combination with other cutting edge technologies. This goes on to prove that there’s more to the story of blockchain outside the confines of a cryptocurrency tag.

 

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South Korean Port Receives Blockchain Enhancements to Shipping Logistics

South Korean Port Receives Blockchain Enhancements to Shipping Logistics

Government ministries in South Korea are pushing the nation’s blockchain infrastructure to the seas in a new marine logistics project.

Logistical supremacy

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) will be collaborating with the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) on the newly launched blockchain pilot. With the intentions of increasing container shipping efficiencies, the two ministries will begin the trial this month at one of the country’s largest shipping port in Busan.

According to an official press release, Busan’s major southern port will be one of the six major public demonstration projects as part of the USD 207 million Blockchain Technology Development Strategy, which had been originally announced in June, and includes plans for smart cities, factories, real estate and other sectors.

The project should be a rather telling moment for the blockchain industry due to the extent of the pilot. Busan’s port is reportedly the second largest port of transit in the world and according to Marine Insight, the port is the 5th busiest in the world. Furthermore, there are major companies who will be participating in the pilot, including Busan New Port International Terminal, Hyundai New Port, Busan New Port Co., Ltd. (Container Terminal), Hyundai Merchant Marine (Shipping Company), and Lotte Global Logistics (Shipping Company).

Translated from the press release, the MSIP said: “We expect that the blockchain technology will be used in various fields such as port logistics, where various parties are involved and data sharing is important in order to improve business process and service innovation.”

The MOF added that real-time data sharing can increase port logistics, which will be primed for the fourth industrial revolution. The press release notes that should the pilot prove successful, then the ministries will look to expanding the technology to other ports and regions of the country.

Buoyant blockchain

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Samsung was investing in blockchain shipping technologiesIn September, the tech company had begun developing a blockchain platform for the South Korean Customs Services as well as 48 organizations from numerous sectors including shipping and insurance. A month later, Europe’s largest port partnered with Samsung, indicative of an industry set to marry with blockchain technologies.

Tech giant IBM is no stranger to blockchain endeavors either, and this year they have managed to partner their project with Hong Kong’s second largest shipping container terminal. The project which has garnered attention from a significant number of international operators and docking hubs which includes the Spanish port of Valencia.

 

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Egypt Central Bank Considers Crypto

Egypt’s Central Bank Considers Cryptocurrency

Egypt’s central bank revealed in a conference in Abu Dhabi yesterday, as reported by news outlet Amwal Al Ghad, that it is doing a study on cryptocurrency.

The Central Bank of Egypt‘s sub-governor for payment systems and information Ayman Hussein says the bank is conducting a research in collaboration with an undisclosed number of international financial institutions to develop a framework on how to issue digital currencies. Hussein calls it an ongoing “feasibility study”. This may likely lead to the issuing of an Egyptian pound-based cryptocurrency.

Hussein did not disclose the other parties involved in the studies, neither was any detail about the expectations revealed – whether it would be a bank-to-bank cryptocurrency based system as in the case of UAE or between banks and their clients.

According to the media outlet, Hussein refers to digital currency as having “several benefits” to include “lowering the cost of banknote issuance and use of cash”.

The Egyptian fintech market has been described as an emerging market as tendencies towards a cashless society are imminent alongside economic reforms in the country. A while back, IBM’s General Manager in Egypt Wael Abdoush said that “the entire world talks about this technology, so it is natural that it receives attention in Egypt”.

Egypt continues to expose itself to more fintech reform templates from around the globe and continues in this direction in the bid to achieve a cashless society. In recent times, it has taken significant moves towards achieving financial inclusion in a world so rapidly changing in the wake of a fintech revolution through blockchain.

Although, rather than throw caution to the wind, it took up a stance of anti-cryptocurrency when in January of this year, the Central Bank of Egypt warned against dealing in Bitcoin, following an official religious edict that considers Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as haram (forbidden).

Perhaps the thoughts about cryptocurrency markets in Egypt were being reconsidered as a result of the sporadic increase in the development and a possibility of regulation of blockchain ventures in other Islamic countries. Such development includes UAE performing its first Sharia-compliant bond transaction on the blockchain, and a proposed deployment of a Sharia-compliant cryptocurrency exchange.

In Saudi Arabia, cross-border cryptocurrency framework is currently being considered in collaboration with UAE.

 

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IBM Identifies Blockchain Pioneers within Automotive Industry

IBM Identifies Blockchain Pioneers within Automotive Industry

Computing giant IBM has published a report that details the extent of the impact that blockchain can have in the automotive industry with favorable findings. The report identifies “Auto Pioneers” who are aggressively pursuing blockchain with significant investments into researching the technology.

Results

Titled Daring to be first: How auto pioneers are taking the plunge into blockchain, the study is the result of a survey in which 1,314 automotive executives took part, namely original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers. The survey had a global reach with respondents coming from ten countries including the United States, China, Germany, and India.

To begin with, the study found that a majority of both OEMs (61%) and suppliers (62%) believed that within the next three years, blockchain would be a disruptive force. Additionally, the study found that 56% of OEMs and 52% of suppliers believe that investments made into blockchain by their respective companies will be “highly influenced by the opportunity to develop new business models”. According to the study, newer models such as on-demand ridesharing could benefit from blockchain solutions that are geared toward fleet management services. For OEMs, there is a strong opportunity for blockchain in this area to manage payment transactions, enhance participant authentication and so on.

The nascent nature of the blockchain industry rolls in tandem with the very early stages of implementation on a commercial scale. As a result, very few executives felt that their organization was prepared for the tech. Only 10% of suppliers felt they were prepared, compared to OEMs (32%) who appear to be more confident in this context. The IBM study offers some context for this by adding that among executives, there is a general lack of understanding of their companies’ blockchain strategies, 39% of OEMs and 51% of suppliers were only “slightly aware” of such strategies.

Obstacles

Furthermore, skill shortages were cited as a concern among the survey’s respondents; a decent proportion of both OEMs (37%) and suppliers (42%) found this to be the case. In the instance of perceived barriers, “regulatory constraints” also appeared to be an issue – OEMs (42%), suppliers (33%).

When it comes to taking action, OEMs are ahead of suppliers; the report notes that most of the “action is still in the experimentation phase”, and it also found that only 12% of OEMs and 28% of supplier executives could confirm that their companies aren’t even considering blockchain at present.

Among the numerous data-points to take away from the IBM study, there is a particular strand of survey respondents that proved to be far more proactive in their pursuit of the tech.

Eager

Dubbed as “Auto Pioneers”, these respondents are positioned in this category due to the meeting two criteria points they meet. One, they “report familiarity” with their organization’s blockchain strategy, and secondly, these participants have reported that their companies are in one of three stages: experimenting, piloting or implementing. For clarity, it should be noted that Auto Pioneers make up only 15% of the total surveyed.

These Auto Pioneers are moving rapidly into the space, with 95% of them to be “investing aggressively” into blockchain, compared to 56% of other OEMs and 26% of other suppliers. Additionally, Auto Pioneers are set to lead the way across the board when it comes down to new business models that will influence blockchain investments.

Other takeaways include:

  • 54% of executives expect new business models to influence investments in blockchain.
  • At least 50% of the OEM executives in each country believe that blockchain solutions will have a high impact on fleet management services.
  • 55% of OEMs and 47% of suppliers say implementing blockchain will improve imperfect information in their business networks.

According to a press release, Ben Stanley, Automotive Research for IBM’s Institute of Business Value said: “We are in the very early stages for blockchain in auto, but there lies huge potential… In 2019 we expect to see blockchain start to really take off, particularly with secure data sharing, car and rideshare transactions and in-vehicle marketplaces.”

 

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Abu Dhabi Oil Joins IBM to Explore Blockchain for Supply Chain

Abu Dhabi Oil Joins IBM to Explore Blockchain for Supply Chain

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced its collaboration with IBM to develop a blockchain-based supply chain system for its daily output of 3 billion barrels of oil and 10.5 cubic feet of natural gas.

The announcement was made at the recent World Energy Capital Assembly event in London, where ADNOC Digital Unit Manager Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi said, “We believe this could be the first application of blockchain in oil and gas production accounting anywhere in the world.”

The pilot project as reported in the release will involve the development of an automated system to integrate financial accountability of oil and gas production throughout the “full value chain”. This implies that the corporation will be able to track transactions and volumes of oil produced within its system.

The objective of the collaboration is to enable ADNOC to explore blockchain potentials in improving cost and time efficiency between operating companies. According to the state-owned oil company, the new technology will shave off valuable time for ADNOC operating companies when executing transactions.

ADNOC’s adoption of blockchain will improve cost tracking activities of oil and gas products, as well as by-products such as condensates, natural gas liquid and sulphur, which are “exchanged between ADNOC’s operating companies and also exported to customers overseas”.

IBM’s Chemicals and Petroleum Solutions VP Zahid Habib said, “With this pilot, ADNOC takes a massive leap forward in asset provenance and asset financials… reinvent [its] hydrocarbon value chain… accelerating ADNOC towards their 2030 vision”, which includes cost efficiency.

ADNOC is one of the world’s leading diversified energy and petrochemicals groups and according to Oil & Gas Journal, it holds a major portion of the seventh-largest oil reserves of the world located in the UAE.

ADNOC CEO HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber, at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), said, “… the world is on the verge of an era of unprecedented prosperity. This will be driven, he said, by rapid advances in technology and a global middle class, which will grow to five billion people by 2030.”

Despite the cryptocurrency market downturn this year, blockchain development with the UAE industries continues in a steadfast manner.

Last week, Abu Dhabi financial institutions completed Phase 1 of blockchain e-KYC aimed at testing the operational and technological values of a blockchain-based KYC system while adapting its infrastructure to current businesses with sustainable models.

Not too far back, the UAE Bank performed its first Sharia-compliant bonds transaction on the blockchain, paving the way for innovative digitized Islamic Sukuk.

 

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IBM, Columbia University Support Startups with New Blockchain Courses

IBM’s almost frenetic blockchain charge continues with the multinational giant’s announcement of plans to combine with Columbia University to provide two accelerator programs for blockchain-based firms.

The Ivy League research university’s Columbia Blockchain Launch Accelerator is an eight-week program designed for pre-seed formulating companies with affiliations with either Columbia or any other New York universities. IBM’s press release explained the usefulness of the new program for other participating universities should they choose to sign up:

The goal of these programs is to help network founders develop their ideas into sustainable and scalable companies offering blockchain solutions. For those already further along in their journey, the programs are designed to help them achieve scale and build successful business networks.”

IBM added that the accelerators would “will offer entrepreneurs and blockchain network founders around the world access to the expertise and resources they need to establish blockchain networks”.

The two programs are each to target ten startups and will involve mentorship using technical, academic and business mentors from IBM and Columbia, plus enrolling student will have access to IBM’s agile design workshops as well as use IBM’s Cloud technology. Students will be offered extra support through connection to researchers from Columbia as well as other students.

The second of the two programs, the IBM Blockchain Accelerator, another eight-week course, is designed for companies at a more advanced stage of growth, taking place in New York and San Francisco. Of the two accelerators, Columbia Blockchain Launch Accelerator Executive Director Satish Rao said:

“Early- and late-stage teams will undoubtedly benefit from IBM’s technology resources, expertise and established network coupled with Columbia’s ground-breaking research and talent in blockchain and data transparency, all while benefiting from rapidly growing NYC blockchain communities.”

As IBM continues to demonstrate its determination to use blockchain research and development in a number of sectors and play an active role in pushing the technology into mainstream use, Columbia itself has been no slouch in expressing its opinions on DLT. In a recent edition of the university’s Columbia Journalism Review, a report on the events of its most recent panel discussion entitled ‘Blockchain in Journalism: Promise and Practice’ outlined its findings in how blockchain could impact journalism.

The panel found that key resistance to blockchain adoption was a general lack of knowledge. The panel felt that the stigma of cryptocurrency was still there to be overcome, including public fears of volatility and its past connections with criminal activity. They also felt that the dearth of available information to the public regarding blockchain’s workings and its numerous potential applications across all sectors was still a barrier to adoption.

 

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Dubai Gets First Government-Endorsed Blockchain Platform

IBM has launched yet another blockchain solution to its rapidly expanding range of applications, this time with Emirates company Smart Dubai.

The Dubai government has got behind Smart Dubai and IBM’s “Dubai Blockchain Platform”, endorsing it as the first of its kind, not only in the UAE but in the whole of the Middle East.

The newly-launched blockchain platform will enable lower operational costs for organizations as well as maintaining data in-country and conduction translations locally. The IBM mainframe tech LinuxOne is currently capable of 6.2 billion web transactions a day.

The locally-built platform opens the doors to the UAE for advancing its blockchain footprint in the region and globally, as well as drastically improving and digitalizing many government services. Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO), spoke of Dubai as an early player and somewhat of a trendsetter in adopting some of the fundamentals of DLT early on, commenting:

“Dubai has been a pioneer in blockchain technology since its inception, while other major cities around the world were reluctant to embrace it for city-wide implementation,” adding that it was largely due to IMBs “wealth of insight and expertise in the advanced tech industries” that such projects were possible, promising that the Emirate would have “ the world’s first fully digitized government by 2021.”

Dr Aisha went on to predict that Dubai could be the blockchain center of the future through such projects as Dubai Blockchain Strategy. HE Wesam Lootah, CEO of the Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG), commented, “Blockchain provides an added layer of trust and transparency among government organizations and businesses and helps make collaboration more efficient.”

The Dubai Pay Blockchain Settlement and Reconciliation System launched last month will be now be positioned on the new platform, enabling rapid real-time payment services with other government entities, banks and financial institutions removing the original 45-day delays.

Dubai is a forward-thinking player in the blockchain environment; its enthusiasm for new technology is not simply limited to banking. This year, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Marketing (DTCM) launched Tourism 2.0, a blockchain-enabled marketplace connecting buyers to hotels and tour operators.

Dubai also recently launched Artbank, the world’s first digital bank for art which uses cryptocurrency for trading in artworks. The program has been initiated as part of the Dubai 10X initiative which seeks to place the Gulf state ten years ahead of the world in all sectors.

The 2nd edition of the UNLOCK Conference will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 15-16 January 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. This will be a global meeting of the most powerful players in the crypto and blockchain fields, and BitcoinNews.com is proud to announce a media partnership with the event.

 

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IBM Innovations: Blockchain and AI Will Change the Face of Travel Industry

As IBM continues to demonstrate its determination to use blockchain research and development in a number of sectors, it has now embarked on its latest collaboration with Travelport, the platform which provides distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the travel and tourism industry.

The two companies had previously combined to launch a new platform which targeted corporate business with a solution to optimise travel budgets. The AI platform utilizes Travelport data to manage all travel related costs making travel a more efficient overall experience.

The new collaboration takes the two companies into distribution. Travelport’s Chief Architect, Mike Croucher explained:

“If you look at our relationship with IBM, it’s one that has been in existence since the beginning of the global distribution system (GDS),” adding “In this instance, we are looking at new ways of innovation. IBM brings their R&D, while we bring our experience and knowledge of the industry. Because of our history, we are now able to combine resources, breaking into A.I. and blockchain technology.”

Travelport is determined to learn from IBM and understand exactly how blockchain solutions can be applied to the travel industry in the most innovative way.  IBM’s Travel & Transportation industry Client Lead, Elizabeth Pollock sees the collaboration as mutually beneficial:

“IBM’s opportunity to expand and disrupt the industry together provides for a very exciting collaboration outside of Travelport’s core business model.”

A factor which is certain to have a positive impact on the partnership is the use of IBM’s Watson, the IBM supercomputer that combines artificial intelligence (AI) and sophisticated analytical software for optimal performance as a “question answering” machine.

Croucher remarked how the technology behind Watson had developed over time and was now finding applications across sectors:

“I’ve been in the travel and IT industries for nearly 40 years, seeing Watson develop. Once the technology becomes high-profile, you need to understand how to apply it across industries. I think AI has become easier to apply and more cost-effective. Watson, over the last few years, has very much developed from a highly-skilled R&D, now being implemented across many verticals.”

Watson has now found a range of uses across the industry, including medical centres and AI related applications such as voice recognition, business analytics, and natural language processing. As part of its new technologies development programme, IBM is now urging the US government to take a lead in promoting blockchain technology in order to move the industry forward. IBM was previously reported working with up to 63 clients on over 400 projects related to blockchain technology.

The tech giant is confident that blockchain will streamline solutions and be a leading innovator in its field. Earlier this year CFO Jim Kavanaugh stated: “For us, blockchain is a set of technologies that allow our clients to simplify complex, end-to-end processes in a way that couldn’t have been done before.”

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IBM, Visa Use Ethereum Tech for New Blockchain Payment Platform

Multinational financial services corporation Visa has announced details of a partnership with information technology company IBM as part of its new blockchain payment platform initiative.

Through this partnership, VISA says it will integrate the core assets of its upcoming financial payment platform, B2B Connect, with IBM’s own blockchain platform. IBM’s blockchain was built using the open-source Hyperledger Fabric, which recently collaborated with Ethereum to upgrade its blockchain system based on the cryptocurrency’s established blockchain technology.

The platform creates unique identifiers for users that Visa claims increases the efficiency and security of making global payments. As its name suggests, B2B Connect is a blockchain-backed payment solution for use between businesses. By creating a decentralized distributed ledger (DLT) ecosystem that tokenizes sensitive data such as account numbers, Visa says that it can offer customers increased levels of security against fraud while keeping operations fully compliant with the latest government regulations.

Visa also describes B2B Connect as a “scalable, permissioned network.” According to a recent survey of cross-industry executives, scalability has been the most significant issue regarding blockchain adoption within enterprises, with close to half of non-blockchain dedicated firms struggling to process high volumes of transactions on the blockchain network quickly.

Vice President in Greenwich Associates’ Market Structure and Technology Group and the author of the report, Richard Johnson, noted that it is important to recognize that those who have optimistic expectations of scalability could determine this based on controlled tests and would face latency issues when the real-world application begins.

Nonetheless, Johnson said that some firms have found success in processing high volumes of transactions on the blockchain network quickly: “We’re beginning to see firms figure out how to get the blockchain to run fast and do a lot of transactions per second, and I think that’s really encouraging.”

Whether or not Visa has found a blockchain scalability solution, will be put to the test when B2B Connect launches in Q1 of 2019.

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Demand for DLT Expertise Skyrockets by 300% in the US

In the US, Glassdoor’s job search website has reported four times more offers on blockchain and cryptocurrency positions in August 2018 than that of the previous year.

The significant rise in job vacancies in the US blockchain and crypto market is buoyed by those positions requiring software developers, which now represent every fifth vacancy. In August 2017, 446 jobs posted were related to keywords “blockchain” and “Bitcoin.” This number rose to 1,755 in August this year, despite the downward trend in crypto markets since the end of 2017.

The greatest demand was seen to be in New York and San Francisco which accounted for 24% and 21% of all positions. Most of the positions, almost 80%, were divided amongst America’s 15 major cities.

Apart from software and technology developers, analysts and market researchers, risk managers and marketing managers represented the majority of positions advertised. Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin’s ConsenSys and IBM were shown to be the most active employers according to the survey amongst the 200 crypto industry positions, with Coinbase and Kraken looking for blockchain specialists.

In order to promote education in fintech, to boost the sector even further and meet employers demands, universities have increasingly joined the blockchain revolution offering courses in both cryptocurrency and blockchain. A recent analysis of curriculum in the best universities by Coinbase this year shows that 22 have a cryptocurrency or blockchain program and 11 of these have more than two relevant courses, with US universities currently leading the charge.

Outside of the US, the National University of Singapore and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich have two or more courses, and universities in the UK, Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, and Singapore have their own crypto programmes.

Campbell Harvey, a Professor of International Business at Duke University said that he has seen law students particularly benefit from taking blockchain classes. “Law students that are trained in blockchain, they don’t need to apply anywhere. People are just asking them to join their firms.”

Most of the surveyed students engaged in human sciences say they would prefer blockchain to informatics. It remains to be seen if the demand from blockchain and crypto expertise in the workplace will be met by universities’ output of new young crypto professionals.

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