IBM’s contribution to a more transparent future: blockchain for supply chains, trade, logistics…

IBM’s contribution to a more transparent future: blockchain for supply chains, trade, logistics and digital identity.

In the latest episode of #FinancialFox, technology and PR entrepreneur Stefania Barbaglio talked to Pietro Lanza, Blockchain Director at IBM and General Manager for IBM’s Intesa. IBM, already an established name in the IT space, was one of the first companies to push forward with new technologies’ adoption, working with Artificial Intelligence — in the development of their world-famous IBM Watson system.

Today, IBM takes the lead once more in its advancement of cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, quantum computing and blockchain. It has recently set up significant partnerships and strategic collaborations with organisations like the Bank of America and Samsung.

Italy forging ahead with technology.

Intesa is a special division within the IBM group, working with digital innovation in Italy, where IBM is a leading technology solutions provider for enterprises and public bodies. IBM’s applications benefit a variety of sectors by offering innovative solutions to improve performance and streamline transactions.

The focus is on blockchain: IBM has around 50 initiatives in Italy along with over 1,000 projects globally, all deploying blockchain-based projects which are disrupting various sectors such as financial services, trade, supply chains such as fashion and food industry, digital identity and logistics.

“At IBM we are focused on enterprise use of blockchain. The most relevant industries for our projects at the moments are financial service, food traceability and ‘made in Italy’ food, furniture and fashion. On the other side we are also working with logistics and supply chain applications of blockchain. We are still at an initial phase, but more and more we are moving towards maturity of these platforms, technology and business paradigm.”

The giant is working with the Italian government to focus on implementing blockchain into the food and fashion sectors, supporting the world-famous ‘Made in Italy’ quality. IBM has indeed established a global platform for this cause — IBM Food trust — and has teamed up with leading global food suppliers including Walmart, Carrefour France, and Nestle. Other projects and conversations with big companies are on going. Through the platform,an ecosystem of producers, suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers is formed, to create a smarter, safer and more sustainable food system for all. Organic produce and homegrown origin-certified products are hallmarks of Italian culture: cheeses, olive oil , sauces, dairy products, pasta and pizza.

Recently, CHO, a Tunisian olive oil producer, announced it will use IBM blockchain to create a provenance record that traces Terra Delyssa from the retailer back to the tree. This follows the salmon farming company Cermaq and smoked salmon producer Labeyrie’s use of IBM’s cloud blockchain technology to trace their product supply chains.

Another prominent area of development is digital identity. IBM is working on creating the next level of digital identity by introducing IBM Blockchain-based sovereign identities, through which people can gain even tighter control over their identities and data, as well simplifying numerous transactions that require identification. Digital identity is a core business for IBM as it is the certification authority, and manage the Digital ID for over 50 million Italian & other European citizens. As part of a global, public permissioned blockchain ledger, IBM Verify Credentials makes it possible for known, trusted issuing organisations to issue credentials to individuals.

For financial services and trading, IBM has been working on the use of blockchain and digitalisation to streamline traditional paper-based trade finance practices.

Looking into the newest technologies, IBM has already taken steps into the 5G and quantum computing spaces. At the end of October, Samsung Electronics and IBM announced a new joint platform leveraging IBM Cloud and AI capabilities and Samsung’s mobile offering, and this year has already seen discussions about 5G arising.

As a pioneering tech company, IBM started working on quantum computing several decades ago and the technology is now in a relatively stable phase ready for testing and utilisation. @IBM Research has developed a publicly available Q problem which deploys quantum power through @IBM Cloud and can be tested by anyone. IBM also recently signed a multi-million agreement with Germany for joint development of this technology.

IBM has been ranked #1 for patents deposited for the 27th year in a row, such an achievement has been possible due to large investments and fundings to the company’s R&D, which is being made available to its teams throughout the19 research centres globally.

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IBM’s contribution to a more transparent future: blockchain for supply chains, trade, logistics…

IBM’s contribution to a more transparent future: blockchain for supply chains, trade, logistics and digital identity.

In the latest episode of #FinancialFox, technology and PR entrepreneur Stefania Barbaglio talked to Pietro Lanza, Blockchain Director at IBM and General Manager for IBM’s Intesa. IBM, already an established name in the IT space, was one of the first companies to push forward with new technologies’ adoption, working with Artificial Intelligence — in the development of their world-famous IBM Watson system.

Today, IBM takes the lead once more in its advancement of cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, quantum computing and blockchain. It has recently set up significant partnerships and strategic collaborations with organisations like the Bank of America and Samsung.

Italy forging ahead with technology.

Intesa is a special division within the IBM group, working with digital innovation in Italy, where IBM is a leading technology solutions provider for enterprises and public bodies. IBM’s applications benefit a variety of sectors by offering innovative solutions to improve performance and streamline transactions.

The focus is on blockchain: IBM has around 50 initiatives in Italy along with over 1,000 projects globally, all deploying blockchain-based projects which are disrupting various sectors such as financial services, trade, supply chains such as fashion and food industry, digital identity and logistics.

“At IBM we are focused on enterprise use of blockchain. The most relevant industries for our projects at the moments are financial service, food traceability and ‘made in Italy’ food, furniture and fashion. On the other side we are also working with logistics and supply chain applications of blockchain. We are still at an initial phase, but more and more we are moving towards maturity of these platforms, technology and business paradigm.”

The giant is working with the Italian government to focus on implementing blockchain into the food and fashion sectors, supporting the world-famous ‘Made in Italy’ quality. IBM has indeed established a global platform for this cause — IBM Food trust — and has teamed up with leading global food suppliers including Walmart, Carrefour France, and Nestle. Other projects and conversations with big companies are on going. Through the platform,an ecosystem of producers, suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers is formed, to create a smarter, safer and more sustainable food system for all. Organic produce and homegrown origin-certified products are hallmarks of Italian culture: cheeses, olive oil , sauces, dairy products, pasta and pizza.

Recently, CHO, a Tunisian olive oil producer, announced it will use IBM blockchain to create a provenance record that traces Terra Delyssa from the retailer back to the tree. This follows the salmon farming company Cermaq and smoked salmon producer Labeyrie’s use of IBM’s cloud blockchain technology to trace their product supply chains.

Another prominent area of development is digital identity. IBM is working on creating the next level of digital identity by introducing IBM Blockchain-based sovereign identities, through which people can gain even tighter control over their identities and data, as well simplifying numerous transactions that require identification. Digital identity is a core business for IBM as it is the certification authority, and manage the Digital ID for over 50 million Italian & other European citizens. As part of a global, public permissioned blockchain ledger, IBM Verify Credentials makes it possible for known, trusted issuing organisations to issue credentials to individuals.

For financial services and trading, IBM has been working on the use of blockchain and digitalisation to streamline traditional paper-based trade finance practices.

Looking into the newest technologies, IBM has already taken steps into the 5G and quantum computing spaces. At the end of October, Samsung Electronics and IBM announced a new joint platform leveraging IBM Cloud and AI capabilities and Samsung’s mobile offering, and this year has already seen discussions about 5G arising.

As a pioneering tech company, IBM started working on quantum computing several decades ago and the technology is now in a relatively stable phase ready for testing and utilisation. @IBM Research has developed a publicly available Q problem which deploys quantum power through @IBM Cloud and can be tested by anyone. IBM also recently signed a multi-million agreement with Germany for joint development of this technology.

IBM has been ranked #1 for patents deposited for the 27th year in a row, such an achievement has been possible due to large investments and fundings to the company’s R&D, which is being made available to its teams throughout the19 research centres globally.

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“The opportunities for DigiAssets are limitless”: DigiByte looks into developing the most secure…

“The opportunities for DigiAssets are limitless”: DigiByte looks into developing the most secure digital identity platform

In the latest Financial Fox interview, DigiByte ambassador Josiah Spackman makes the case for implementation of Digi ID and DigiAssets into multiple platforms ̶̶̶ including mobile banking, streaming services and social media ̶ to increase user security and data protection.

The DigiByte team’s newest developments are Digi ID and DigiAssets, two features built on the highly secure DGB platform that allows decentralised technologies to be applied to digital identity and safe management of digital assets.

One of the most prominent figures within the growing GB community, Josiah believes that the underlying structure of Digi ID can solve up to 90% of cybersecurity issues regarding user privacy and sensitive information because it requires no email or password for user login.

Digi ID automatically generates a unique identity key for different websites every time the user logs in, therefore protecting the user’s identity from being shared with third parties. A decentralised framework is user-centred because it does not rely on intermediary platforms to connect users and services and prevents interaction and data sharing across different platforms.

Worries about user privacy and data breaches are increasingly taking over the news. Governments and users alike are calling for more accountability from social media and tech companies to handle personal information more securely. Facebook, for example, is close to being fined by the Federal Trade Commission because it failed to protect users’ data.

As the Internet of Things and Big Data continue to grow, hyper connectivity also means increased vulnerability to data breaches. Storing users’ information on centralised databases creates the biggest vulnerability to hacks and data breaches. The current system, which is extensively supported by tech giants such as Facebook, Google and YouTube, acts as a catalyst for single points of failure.

Recent data from the FT shows that in Britain, the number of mobile transactions is increasing, with mobile shopping figures spending surpassing those at shopping centres. Tech giant Amazon is the most popular online choice. As the trend is set to keep spreading, solutions as to how minimise risks to banking platforms become more valuable.

“The opportunities for DigiAssets are limitless,” says Josiah. Cryptocurrencies such as DigiByte can be integrated with other existing platforms, including banking, to maximise cybersecurity measures.

The real value of DGB, and cryptocurrencies in general, is that they will not replace traditional fiat currencies, but instead help improve security and practices in the current financial market environment. Embracing blockchain technology is a necessary step for banks to keep their services up to date.

Stefania Barbaglio, director at Cassiopeia Services and official DigiByte PR comments: “For a while, cryptocurrencies were seen as a threat to the future of banks and financial institutions. However, with developments such as Digi ID, we see that the future lies in the integration between traditional banking and decentralised technologies.

“They complement each other to build a better and safer financial environment for users. The true value of DigiByte is not in its currency and market value, it is in its strong use case and multiple applications.”

The DGB community can expect more news and updates on DGB projects to be released during the first global DigiByte Summit, taking place in Amsterdam on 19th April 2019. The theme of the Summit is ‘The Power of Decentralisation’ and its agenda will expand on the multitude of possibilities and uses enabled by decentralised technologies.

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How a Blockchain powered platform could help to resolve the problem of online reputation management…

How a Blockchain powered platform could help to resolve the problem of online reputation management in a simpler and straightforward manner

Right of Reply and its unique blockchain powered servise RoRKey.
First of all, all starts from the KYC process. It is essential to ensure that only the subject of the article responds to any specific content related to his/her person. Our platform uses white label system apps — common to all our businness solutions — to underpin the blockchain infrastructure, which acts as a managing and identification system for digital identities.” says Right of Reply. Digital identities can be certified by KYC processes carried out by institutional third parties and authorities, complying with international standards. “Our users’ data will be stored in an identity wallet (I-Wallet) within the RoR App on their smartphone/tablets/computer, thus offering unparalleled security compared with storage on a central repository such as Facebook or Twitter” The I Wallet will be accessible through a self-generated identification number from a public key, and a corresponding private key. Users will then ask for certificates from relevant authorities, using KYC procedures. The definition of the standard to be used for saving the workflow in the blockchain is under development. This will significantly advance the offer of an open system linked to reputational issues Right of Reply operates via its current 3 business solutions for both individuals and enterprises: • RoR: Right to Reply to Regulated content • RoCC: Right to Reply to credit check and reports • RoRKey: Right to Reply to any other form of online content Based on the fact that it addresses counterparts such as editors of any media, who currently do not use blockchain technology in writing their content, RoR service is structured on a proven bur traditional technology.
RoCC service, which is confined by the same circumstances mentioned above, is aimed at credit agencies. Their platform offers the possibility to interact through a blockchain protocol in the event of their institutional counterparts, wi be ready to adopting similar protocols in both, formation and publication of their content. Blockchain technology and DLT allow consensus to be reached in a peer-to-peer network without having to trust a central authority, creating a trustless system where records of data are signed, verified and sealed in a decentralised way. Blockchain protocols will be used for RoRKey service offer, as well as to establishing the transactions workflow, resulting in a viable and secure solution for the management of public and private keys. Using the Right of Reply app as an identity wallet on the user’s smartphone, people can interact with the RoRKey application built on Ethereum’s blockchain.
Through a decentralised application (Dapp) RoRKey allows both every user to record the hash of any content on the blockchain and ultimately the content itself on the IPFS protocol, creating an open and decentralised registry for online reputation.
This Dapp doesn’t require people to trust RoRKey itself, because the company is merely a technical facilitator, a service provider between users and the blockchain decentralised application (Dapp). In this model, digital tokens are the economic incentive for creating and sustaining an ecosystem built around the RoRKey service. “Tokens are used to reward users and content creators for their collaboration, as well as to correspond Community arbitration services. RoRKey token is the key enabler to encourage fair communication on social networks and blogs, potentially addressing to the roots the problem of fake news currently threatening corporations like Facebook and other important players in the industry” says Right of Reply. See more on RORKEY at http://www.rorkey.com/