BMW’s Blockchain Solution Launching / China’s National Blockchain Live in April / Hitachi…

April 8, 2020

This week in the landscape, BMW announced the launch of its blockchain-powered Supply Chain Management (SCM) solution with ten suppliers coming this year. China is expected to launch its national blockchain platform, Blockchain Service Network (BSN), later this month [April]. Hitachi Solutions has collaborated with Consensys to streamline the development of decentralized applications (DApp). BLOCKDATA provides us an in-depth look at the products being built by Forbes Blockchain 50. China’s second-largest courier, SF-Express, is using blockchain to deliver key supplies amid pandemic. Binance is set to acquire CoinMarketCap, a deal could be worth as much as $400 million. General Motors (GM) applies for a decentralized blockchain map patent. Nestlé partners with Rainforest Alliance to trace coffee beans. Blockstack files a patent for the process behind its single sign-on for every DApp system, Blockstack Auth. Plus we have insights on venture capital in the blockchain landscape, stablecoins along with digital currencies rise to the occasion, A bitcoin bastion for the wild west with Caitlin Long, product launches, and MaxDapp, and much more. Have a great week! Enjoy!

BONUS: I recently released the latest Q1 2020 edition of my Blockchain Landscape Map (included below for download) that provides an overview of the industry highlighting over 900 global companies, venture funds, and working groups. If this is the first version you’ve seen of the landscape, consider it your guiding roadmap to further navigate the industry. Get it here in Hi-Res for free!

BMW Group has announced the planned rollout of its blockchain-powered Supply Chain Management (SCM) solution with first focus on ten suppliers this year. Dubbed “PartChain,” the platform is designed to ensure traceability and immediate data transparency for automobile components across complex supply chains that engage multiple international parties. The company intends to share the PartChain solution with other members of the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)…read more

Following China’s digitization endeavors, the national blockchain infrastructure for businesses and individuals is expected to go live next month. The platform ‘Blockchain Service Network (BSN)’ is a trans-regional public infrastructure network that will provide SMEs with a cheaper alternative to building their systems from the ground up. China’s broader blockchain plan is focused on using blockchain for the needs of the government. Over the last year, the country adopted blockchain to monitor international border crossings, deal with invoices to fight tax fraud, and facilitate loans to SME’s…read more

Hitachi Solutions has collaborated with Consensys to streamline the development of decentralized applications, enabling trust-less and secure transactions with PegaSys Plus. The aim is to bring enterprise Ethereum client Hyperledger Besu to the Japanese market through a reseller agreement, which will support both Ethereum mainnet and private permissioned chains with few additional features designed to manage clients in a better manner…read more

The team at BLOCKDATA is back with a deeper dive into the data behind Forbes Blockchain 50 list. Turns out that most popular use cases were in two categories: traceability & provenance; and payments & settlements. The team goes one layer deeper to show you that the Forbes 50 companies were building in each of these areas.…read more and check out more by BLOCKDATA

Source: BLOCKDATA

Q1 2020 has seen more equity raises in the blockchain ecosystem than any previous first quarters. A large part of the reason for that massive $686 million figure is the $300 million that Bakkt alone raised recently. Discounting that, we would be around ~386 million. The same levels of Q1 2018. This is interesting because Q1 2019 came after…read more

Centralized exchanges can benefit from launching their own blockchain in a number of ways. With its own blockchain, an exchange can launch its own tokens, vet token projects and build out an ecosystem. Exchanges get to devour the value chain of a token economy, getting rid of their reliance on public blockchains such as Ethereum, and providing end-to-end service to customers…read more

China’s 2nd-Largest Courier ‘SF Express’ is exploring the use of blockchain to transport critical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is combining blockchain with big data to construct a logistics network that supports the tracking, verification, and accurate recording of goods while identifying supply priority levels as well as mitigate the risks of counterfeit or unlicensed products being distributed to regions…read more

The Nigerian Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has partnered with IBM to commence and provide options for digital training for Nigerians through the IBM Digital Nation Africa program within the comfort of their homes. Through the program, the Ministry will be providing Nigerians with over 280 hours of free learning and 85 courses on crucial emerging technologies like, Blockchain; Artificial Intelligence; Big Data; and Cloud Computing. The program is considered to be in line with the Digital Nigeria Program launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 19th…read more

ILCoin project has successfully tested the largest block size of 5 gigabytes, which will eliminate the congestion issue, on a live blockchain network “ILCoin Block Explorer,” under number 310280. The company made it possible through the routing in fat trees protocol, known as RIFT, which enabled the block size to increase without impacting transaction speeds. The company is aiming for a Decentralized Cloud Blockchain (DCB), which allows data storage and data exchange to be realized on a transparent basis, “forming a transparent unity of ownership and permanence.”…read more

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