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Thai Oil and Gas Firm Develops Blockchain-Based Renewables Platform

Thai state-owned oil and gas company PTT and blockchain energy nonprofit Energy Web Foundation (EWF) are jointly building a blockchain-based renewables platform. According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Sept. 11, the parties are developing a regional solution based on the Energy Web Chain. The new product will also be compliant with the International Renewable Energy Certificate (I-REC) Standard, which certifies renewable energy sources. I-REC certificate demand Energy producers can apply for I-REC tracking certificates from an issuer appointed by a government or trade organization. Once the tickets…

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Waves Platform and The Abyss to Jointly Launch Blockchain-Based Games Marketplace

Open source blockchain platform Waves and blockchain game distribution platform The Abyss will jointly launch a blockchain-based marketplace of digital goods and in-game items. In a blog post published on Sept. 5, The Abyss revealed its collaboration with the Waves Platform, aimed at the development of a blockchain-powered marketplace of tradable goods and in-game items. The marketplace will enable users to purchase items with Abyss Tokens and sell them to other users. Waves blockchain-integrated tokens The integration of Abyss Tokens with Waves blockchain will allow game developers to incorporate Abyss…

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Continental Unveils Demo Earning App for Blockchain-Based Car Platform

Automotive supplier Continental has unveiled an application called Earn As You Drive, which uses blockchain technology to monetize car user information. Parking space data for digital currency Forbes reported the news on Aug. 29. Per the report, Continental has partnered with tech firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise and open source network provider Crossbar.io to create Earn As You Drive. This application reportedly lets drivers opt in to earn digital currency for sharing information about street parking availability through vehicle sensors. The data is shared with a manufacturer, who in turn sends…

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Supermarket Chain Migros Implements Blockchain-Based Food Traceability

Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain and retailer, Migros is turning to blockchain to keep tabs on its supply chain for food. Migros announced the implementation of TE-Food’s blockchain-based food traceability system, Aug. 29. Whilst many retailers are incorporating such systems to provide transparent information to customers, Migros is looking to the technology to optimize processes and provide greater value. Optimization through deeper supply chain insight According to the announcement, Migros expects the new initiative to provide more benefits than just offering transparency for customers. Rather, the supermarket expectst the new platform…

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BitTorrent to Begin Alpha Testing Blockchain-Based Streaming Platform

Major file sharing company BitTorrent, a subsidiary of blockchain company Tron, is going to internally test its blockchain-based live streaming platform in Q3 2019. Platform overview BitTorrent announced the news in an official blog post on Aug. 27. According to the announcement, the streaming platform — called BitTorrent Live (BLive) — supports live video content and an instant messaging service. Additionally, its underlying system reportedly contains a top user chart and a user relationship feature. BitTorrent intends to roll out BLive in alpha, beta and full versions from Q3 2019…

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Africa’s Largest Bank Joins Blockchain-Based Marco Polo Network

Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by total assets, has joined blockchain-based trade finance network, the Marco Polo Network. Standard Bank will now develop trade finance solutions alongside major global financial institutions such as French BNP Paribas and Dutch ING, according to a press release on Aug. 22. Backed by the world’s biggest bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Standard Bank is the first African bank to join the network, the press release notes. To date, the Marco Polo Network includes over 20 global financial firms such as Commerzbank,…

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Walmart Files Patent for Blockchain-Based Drone Communication System

American retail giant Walmart has submitted a patent application for a drone communication system that is based on blockchain technology.  Walmart filed its patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Aug. 1. The filing describes a system on a drone that encrypts and stores that drone’s operational parameters. That information is subsequently passed to another drone, which decrypts, reads and then configures to those parameters. In essence, the vehicle-to-vehicle communication system between unmanned drones would relay messages, mesh communications networks and allow machines to be aware…

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New Blockchain-Based Smart City Project Planned for Cambodian Capital

A Singaporean startup, Limestone Network, is using blockchain to sustain a smart neighbourhood at the heart of the Cambodian capital. As Tech in Asia reports on August 14, the 100-hectare mixed-use development in Phnom Penh encompasses residential properties, offices, retail centers, schools and a large-scale exhibition hall: it counts 10,000 business tenants and a daily population of 190,000. Limestone emerged from the first round of startups in the Singaporean government’s blockchain Tribe Accelerator, backed by government agency Enterprise Singapore.  Digital passports and wallets At the heart of the Phnom Phen…

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Korea’s Oldest Bank Is Building a Blockchain-Based Security System

South Korea’s oldest bank, Shinhan Bank, partnered with two other companies to develop a blockchain-based security solution. Korea’s Shinhan bank to enhance security with blockchain According to a report published on Aug. 14 by local news outlet TheKoreaTimes, Shinhan Bank signed a memorandum of understanding with financial technology startup Ground X and blockchain developer Hexlant to develop a blockchain security system.  Per the report, the deal will see the institution’s partners jointly develop a Private Key Management System for its banking services. Ground X is the blockchain unit of South…

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EY Hired to Help Develop Blockchain-Based Fine Wine Trading Platform

A blockchain-based fine wine investment trading platform has selected Big Four auditing firm EY to provide technology services as its development continues. WiV Technology enables clients to trade bottles and cases of premium wine, with the origin, quality and value of assets certified on a constantly updated blockchain. In a news release on Aug. 12, EY said that wine will be tokenized through the use of non-fungible ERC-721 tokens on the platform. Saving cost and time Smart contracts are used to track wine ownership and transaction history, and the properties of…

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