Maersk & IBM launch TradeLens blockchain shipping solution from beta

It’s no secret that shipping giant Maersk and IBM have been serious and steadfast in their efforts to pioneer a global trade supply-chain blockchain solution, but a complete product has now become a bit more tangible. Brought out of beta yesterday (August 9), the entity has been dubbed TradeLens, and follows a year-long trial consisting of about 154m transactions across a complex web of shippers, freight forwarders, ocean carriers, ports and customs authorities. The shipping companies...

Google confirms entry into blockchain technology with new cloud partnerships

Google has confirmed it will be supporting blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) on its Cloud Platform (GCP), with more details expected at its Next ‘18 conference in San Francisco today (July 24). In an announcement regarding the event, Google said that customers can now explore ways they might use DLT frameworks on the platform with launch partners including Digital Asset and BlockApps, with open-source integrations for Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum available later this year...

Hyperledger welcomes ‘major wave’ of Chinese blockchain collaborations

Open-source blockchain initiative Hyperledger announced a raft of new members this week, particularly in China, with companies including JD.com and Lenovo joining the collaboration to advance blockchain technologies. Founded by the Linux Foundation in 2015, Hyperledger’s aim is to provide organisations the framework for “robust, industry-specific applications platforms and hardware systems”, geared at supporting business transactions by creating enterprise-grade distributed ledger...

Huawei announces Hyperledger-based BaaS

Huawei launches BaaS

Telecommunications and smartphone giant Huawei has added itself to the list of Chinese tech companies to launch a blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform. The company made the announcement at its analyst conference in Shenzhen on Tuesday. The new platform, given the flashy name of Blockchain Service, is designed to allow companies to develop smart contracts on top of a distributed ledger network for a variety of business use-cases. Huawei has been a member and contributor to the...

Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0 released

Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0 released

Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0, the modular platform for building, deploying and running distributed ledgers, has received its general release. The release makes Sawtooth the second active Hyperledger project currently available, following on from the release of Fabric 1.0 in July 2017. Executive director Brian Behlendorf said that the release was a testament to the strength of the growing cross-industry community centred around the Linux Foundation hosted project. “The release of Hyperledger...

Hyperledger adds new blockchain project called Quilt

Hyperledger - Quilt

Hyperledger has announced that is adding a new blockchain, this one named Quilt, to its roster of distributed ledger innovation projects. Hyperledger Quilt was initiated 18 months ago and is an implementation of the Interledger Protocol, also known as ILP. The protocol helps to facilitate transactions across ledgers, trying to ease the process of making and receiving payments when the sender and recipient live in different countries or are using different networks. The ILP website...

Brian Behlendorf: On Hyperledger’s quest for ‘re-decentralisation’: Part 2

This is the second part of our exclusive interview with Hyperledger’s executive director Brian Behlendorf. You can read the first part here. The explosion in interest in distributed ledger technology over the last few years has created a number of unique problems for players in the space. A technology that is focused on decentralization of the mechanisms of central control of information throws up a number of interesting governance issues. How does the community make decisions that will...

Brian Behlendorf: On Hyperledger’s quest for ‘re-decentralisation’: Part 1

Anyone that has been following the blockchain and cryptocurrency space through its recent history will have seen it go from interesting feature of the cryptocurrency system to the potential saviour of everything from international logistics to humanitarian operations. The dramatic change has been fuelled by two primary forces. Firstly, the rise in the value of cryptocurrencies and the accompanying frenzy over ICOs, which has seen blockchain startups raising millions of dollars in minutes;...

Oracle joins Hyperledger

Oracle join Hyperledger

Another tech giant has joined the ranks of the Hyperledger project, with computer technology multinational Oracle announcing its membership of the Linux Foundation-led initiative. In a blog post, Oracle product marketing director Eric Jacobsen wrote: “Blockchain technology has the potential to dramatically enhance enterprise business value by enabling near real-time, distributed transactions across customers’ ecosystems and by enabling secure, tamper-proof data...

IBM and Sony develop new blockchain-based education platform

IBM and Sony have developed a new blockchain-based student education records platform The platform, from IBM’s Japan arm and Sony Global Education – a subsidiary of Sony Corporation – allows school administrators to consolidate and manage student’s educational data, record from several schools, and refer their learning history and digital academic transcripts with more certainty. The product will let students and learners of all ages carry with them a digital, trusted record of...