Bayer explores agricultural blockchain network with BlockApps

Enterprise blockchain platform provider BlockApps has launched the TraceHarvest Network in collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Bayer.

The initiative is claimed to be the first blockchain solution of its kind to track and trace the full lifecycle of agricultural products beginning with the seed source. Other solutions are available, about which this publication has reported, including Cargill and Agrocorp's test to procure wheat cross-continent on a blockchain platform, yet...

MIT paper says blockchain may ‘introduce additional problems’ for voting systems

A scathing report from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has noted moving from internet voting to blockchain-based voting may be 'going from bad to worse.'

The paper was authored by Neha Narula, director of MIT's digital currency initiative (DCI), Sunoo Park, Ronald L. Rivest, one of the creators of RSA encryption, and Michael Specter. The authors argued studies were 'inconclusive' with regard to online voting, potentially even increasing...

Datarella and Fetch.ai Munich smart city parking trial to utilise blockchain and AI technologies

Datarella, a provider of distributed ledger and blockchain technology, and artificial intelligence (AI) startup Fetch.ai are working on a smart city trial for parking in Munich.

The project, called M-ZONE, will be launched at the Connex business estate. Assuming a 10% reduction in car usage in Munich alone, the companies forecast the project could reduce annual CO2 emissions by 34,000 tonnes each year.

There are several factors at play in this project. Through what are...

Verizon to use blockchain in its newsroom for comms verification

Verizon has announced the launch of a blockchain-based product which aims to provide an authoritative record of changes to company news releases.

Full Transparency by Verizon is a proof of concept built with open source blockchain technology. The product is put together in partnership with AdLedger, a consortium which explores standards for blockchain and cryptography in media and advertising, authentication infrastructure provider MadNetwork, and marketing company...

South Korea’s biggest job site using blockchain to verify applications in ‘full implementation’

South Korean technology provider ICONLOOP and recruitment platform SaraminHR have announced success in a pilot to prevent job application fraud through blockchain technologies.

The two companies signed an agreement earlier this year to build and promote a blockchain-based decentralised identity ecosystem, among other services. The announcement relates to what is claimed as 'the first full implementation of blockchain technology in the recruitment and staffing industry in South...

British Blockchain Association looks in vain for ‘evidence-based blockchain’ in new report

It may be all well and good touting the efficacy of your blockchain offering, but does it really stack up under scrutiny?

A new paper from the Journal of the British Blockchain Association (JBBA) has explored blockchain technologies on the basis of evidence-based practice (EBP) - with sceptical results.

Evidence-based blockchain (EBB) is defined by the journal as 'conscientious, explicit and judicious decision making based on professional expertise and evidence from...

Health n Go Covid-19 blockchain certificate trial described as ‘encouraging’

Health n Go, a blockchain-based secure health certificate built on the TIXnGO platform, has reported 'encouraging' results of a Covid-19-focused trial in Switzerland.

The pilot, which took place in early July, saw Health n Go partner with Medisupport, a laboratory network in Switzerland, as well as railway equipment manufacturer Matisa. Matisa was chosen as the test case as the company's technicians frequently travel overseas for work, the company noted.

Each user - a...

Portbase using TradeLens blockchain platform for Amsterdam and Rotterdam ports

Logistics continues to be a major area for blockchain technologies to flourish: Portbase, which manages digital infrastructure for Amsterdam and Rotterdam ports, is working with TradeLens, a blockchain-based trade digitisation platform.

The company has completed the 'first phase of connection' with TradeLens, which aims ultimately to connect between the Dutch ports and a global ecosystem of carriers, terminals and inland providers.

The first phase has seen Portbase...

Everledger, GIA and JD.com team up for diamond provenance ‘inter-chain collaboration’

Everledger and JD.com have announced the successful implementation of an 'inter-chain collaboration' with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to help increase trust and transparency in diamond provenance.

The Everledger blockchain platform syncs GIA diamond grading information to the JD Blockchain anti-counterfeiting and tracing platform, which provides customers with independently verified diamond certificates and origin information through JD.com's app, mobile and desktop...

Blockchain-focused venture firm Electric Capital raises $110m in seed and series A fund

Electric Capital, an early stage venture firm which focuses on cryptocurrencies, blockchain and fintech, has secured a $110 million (£84.1m) seed and series A fund, focused on cryptonetworks and blockchain-enabled businesses.

The company, whose bets include Coinlist, CryptoKitties and Oasis Labs among others, said the capital raised - its second fund - will go into five specific areas. These are decentralised finance (DeFi), particularly around insurance and credit scoring;...