National Transport Insurance Partners on Blockchain for Food Safety Trial

Australia’s National Transport Insurance (NTI) has announced it will trial a blockchain system to improve supply chain integrity for beef exports abroad, local transport industry magazine Fully Loaded ATN reports Dec. 10. NTI will reportedly be partnering with BeefLedger, an Australian “integrated provenance, blockchain security and payments platform,” which combines blockchain with Internet of Things (IoT) technology to bolster product credentials across the supply chain. NTI and Beefledger’s pilot will use the system to track the provenance and production of Australian beef exports to Shanghai, from their rearing on South…

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Partners IBM to Pilot Blockchain Across its Value Chain

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has partnered with IBM to pilot blockchain-based transaction management for its commodities right from the oil wells through to its end customers. The automated, blockchain-based, system will encompass oil and gas production management for ADNOC’s entire value chain including tracking, validating, and executing, transactions. As with many blockchain pilots, this one is also expected to increase efficiencies and provide greater stakeholder transparency.  A key differential, however, is this pilot’s application to the entire oil and gas lifecycle where other industry pilots have focused on key…

IBM Partners with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company for Blockchain Supply Chain System

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has successfully collaborated with IBM to pilot a blockchain supply chain system, according to an ADNOC press release published on Dec. 9. The release notes that ADNOC — a state-owned oil company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — is reportedly among the world’s leading energy and petrochemical groups, with a daily output of about 3 million barrels of oil and 10.5 cubic feet of natural gas. The pilot project has “provided a single platform that tracks the quantities and financial values of…

US Trading Technology Firm Partners With R3 Blockchain Consortium

American trading-communications firm IPC Systems has partnered with enterprise blockchain software consortium R3, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Dec. 3. IPC is a trading technology service company known for producing trading turrets, which are communications systems used by financial traders on their trading desks. Through the Partnership, IPC plans to support the consortium’s Corda blockchain networks on its Connexus platform. Connexus Cloud is a financial markets cloud-based platform for data, voice, and business communications and compliance. The product includes financial industry firms, liquidity revenues, energy firms, and…

Islamic Financial Institution Partners With Startup to Develop Interbank Blockchain Tools

Saudi Arabian developmental institution the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB) has partnered with a Tunisian startup to develop interbank blockchain tools, a press release confirmed Nov. 29. IsDB, which will conduct the project through its private sector subsidiary, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of Private Sector (ICD), wants to improve Islamic financial institutions’ liquidity management and increase overall efficiency. The institution signed an agreement with Tunis-based iFinTech Solutions, a dedicated outfit which describes itself as an “Investment Advisory Firm focused on alternative financial solutions based on Islamic principles.” The…

Microsoft Japan Partners With Startup to Increase Domestic Blockchain Uptake

The Japanese arm of computer giant Microsoft has partnered with nascent blockchain startup LayerX to “accelerate” uptake of the technology, Cointelegraph Japan reported Nov. 30. LayerX, which formed in August as a joint venture from news curation app Gunosy and advisory service AnyPay, oversees blockchain integration for enterprise, including areas such as smart contracts and general consulting. Using Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) solution, the companies will seek to promote the technology further in the domestic economy. “We will support the introduction process in its entirety, even down to technical support…

Blockchain Technology Partner’s Sextant Blochain platform now on AWS Marketplace for Containers

Enterprise blockchain firm Blockchain Technology Partners (BTP) has unveiled its blockchain management platform called Sextant on AWS Marketplace for Containers. The rollout is a major step forward since it represents the intersection of blockchain technology for business and cloud computing technology. Amazon’s AWS platform is popular as one of the best cloud computing platforms in the world. Meanwhile, Sextant is designed to help enterprises take advantage of blockchain’s full potential for business. With the help of Sextant, enterprises can navigate blockchain management with ease and, with the launch of AWS…

Exchange Partners With University of Luxembourg to Improve Crypto Asset Security

A new partnership between Luxembourg-based VNX Exchange and the University of Luxembourg aims to improve the security of digital assets, business news outlet Luxembourg Times reported Nov. 23. VNX is a marketplace and trading platform for tokenized venture capital founded in 2017. VNX is a member of fintech incubator the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT), Infrachain and APSI (L’Association des Professionnels de la Société de l’Information). Within the collaboration, the University of Luxembourg will purportedly help VNX develop higher levels of network security for digital assets. The researchers at…

Bitfury Partners With Russian Economics University to Establish Blockchain Accelerator

Multisectoral blockchain company Bitfury has partnered with the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics to create an accelerator for blockchain projects, Russian crypto news outlet Forklog reports Nov. 21. In addition to supporting the development of blockchain projects, the university will provide courses and additional education dedicated to “training specialists who are able to create innovative projects using digital technologies in a short time.” This will enable specialists to “bring [the projects] to market amid the new industrial revolution,” Dmitry Ufaev, the head of Bitfury Russia, told Forklog. According to Forklog,…

Tezos Korea Foundation Partners With Yonsei University for Blockchain Development

The South Korean branch of the Tezos Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yonsei University to collaboratively work on the development of blockchain talents, says a Tezos official press release published Nov. 21. The new agreement between the Tezos Korea Foundation and Digital Society Research Center at Yonsei University in Seoul aims to provide “blockchain education cooperation, training of OCaml [Objective Calm] and smart contract experts.” The MoU is primarily focused on human resources and education in the blockchain technology industry. The press release states: “Through this…