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August 23, 2019

NEC Promotes Inclusion with Blockchain ID Project in Argentina

“The project aims to increase access to goods and services for the residents of vulnerable neighborhoods, thus allowing them to improve their opportunities for socioeconomic inclusion in the fourth industrial revolution.”

NEC Argentina has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NGO Bitcoin Argentina and the Innovation Laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (aka the IDB Lab) to launch a blockchain-based digital identity project. The four-year project is intended to promote inclusion in Argentina, and will first be deployed in Barrio 31 in Buenos Aires before expanding to other low-income neighborhoods.

“The project aims to [...]

 
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August 9, 2019

Commerzbank tests blockchain-based payments for machine-to-machine transactions – FreightWaves

Major German bank Commerzbank announced that it has developed a blockchain-based payment solutionthat specifically automates machine-to-machine (M2M) payment processes. This pilot project is in collaboration with Daimler Trucks, with this M2M payment part of the test for the direct handling of charging operations of electrically powered trucks. 

The automated payment pilot involves the transaction process between an electric truck and the charging station it docks at for its electricity needs. “In the transaction, Commerzbank first brought in euros on the blockchain and then provided the so-called “cash on ledger,” i.e. the money on the blockchain, to Daimler [...]

 
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July 29, 2019

Blockchain: The new frontier for supply chain risk management | Article | Compliance Week

For all the times you’ve been to a grocery store, have you ever wondered which farms those fruits and vegetables originated? What about the last time you went to a pharmacy? Have you ever stopped to think about the true quality and safety of those drugs, and how and where they were formulated?

Thanks to blockchain technologies, supply chain teams can now track the safety and traceability of products and data across the entire supply chain in ways—and at speeds—once unimaginable.

That is the impetus behind a new blockchain pilot project currently being explored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the pharmaceutical industry, which is more broadly seeking [...]

 
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July 24, 2019

Blockchain-encrypted mobile voting comes to Utah | StateScoop

Overseas voters from Utah County, Utah, have the option to cast ballots in local elections this year via a mobile app that uses blockchain encryption to transmit votes back to officials. Utah County plans to offer active-duty military and their dependents, as well as other expats, the ability to participate in upcoming elections using Voatz, the same app that has been tested in recent elections in West Virginia and Denver.

Amelia Powers Gardner, Utah County’s recently elected clerk and auditor, said she was interested in testing out the technology shortly after taking office in January and encountering the dilapidated state of the county’s elections [...]

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