Fluree announces seed extension funding round for blockchain-based data management

North Carolina-based database management firm Fluree has announced a seed extension funding round led by independent venture capital company Engage.

The latest investment, which follows a $4.7 million seed funding round in June, allows Fluree to expand its enterprise data management platform, which acts as the foundation for emerging online architectures that include AI, microservices, machine learning, the semantic web and consortium blockchains. The platform is used by tech...

Rhode Island General Assembly introduces blockchain bill

体育投注在线The Rhode Island General Assembly has introduced a bill, called the Rhode Island Economic Growth Blockchain Act, which aims at encouraging the state’s economy by ensuring that its regulations are friendly to blockchain innovators and providing a comprehensive regulatory technology sandbox.

体育投注在线The Rhode Island Economic Growth Blockchain Act revolves around four main areas: an economic growth blockchain act; setting regulations for the sale of hemp; regulation of virtual and digital...

Q&A: Peter Stein, CEO, Agreement Solutions

With the current uncertain climate around COVID-19, many people have been looking towards more bankable assets and investments; a difficult job as the global markets plummet. It is fair to say that the history of blockchain technologies – ICO boom in 2017, crash in 2018, consolidation thereafter – would not mark it out right now, despite what one may read from the Bitcoin press. Yet some companies are trying to change that.

Agreement Solutions, based in Germany, is aiming to...

Toyota and Securitize develop blockchain-based ID platform

体育投注在线Toyota is looking to expand the scope of its blockchain operations with a new personal ID and vehicle ID platform that has been developed in collaboration with blockchain start-up BUIDL.

The personal ID platform can be used by corporate entities to manage points, employee benefits and digital certificate issuance, whereas the vehicle ID platform can be used to manage vehicle registration, maintenance records, ownership records and more.

体育投注在线BUIDL, established in 2018 and...

Three quarters of execs see blockchain as enterprise-wide priority, says Wipro

More good news for those tracking blockchain’s expected rise in the enterprise: a new report from Wipro has found three quarters of executives polled said they look at blockchain as an enterprise-wide strategic priority.

The report, whose title – ‘Ignore Blockchain At Your Peril, But Don’t Drive Blindly’ – intimates the overall message, was put together by HFS Research and polled 300 senior executives, a third of whom were C-suite, around current and future blockchain...

Walmart leads septet of new Hyperledger members

Hyperledger has announced a tranche of new members at its global forum in San Francisco – with retail giant Walmart leading the way.

In total, seven companies have joined up to the Linux Foundation-backed blockchain technology initiative across various roles. Some, such as Tangem, a Swiss-based manufacturer of blockchain-based smart card wallets, and Clear, a provider of blockchain-based settlement and clearing networks, will be familiar to industry watchers.

Others,...

Nike and Macy’s take part in Auburn University blockchain trials

体育投注在线Auburn University’s RFID Lab has developed a blockchain platform for retailers who can share their product data across the retail supply chain, with major apparel brands like Nike and Macy’s, along with other brands, participating in a recent trial of the new platform.

体育投注在线According to a study called the Chain Integration Project (CHIP), Nike, Macy’s and other brands ran Hyperledger Fabric nodes on a part of their major supply chains, eventually finding out that the blockchain...

Michel Rauchs, CCAF: On Libra, Bitcoin power consumption, and learning from history

体育投注在线Of all the emerging technologies set to transform business processes, blockchain stands on its own for a variety of reasons. Whereas many – 5G, cloud, augmented reality – are the next iteration of what has come before, blockchain stands alone.

As a result, it’s difficult to rely on past laurels. Those at the sharp end need to have interests and expertise in a variety of specialisms, from computer science, to economics, to geo-politics.

体育投注在线Michel Rauchs (left)...

EY, ConsenSys and Microsoft team up for Baseline enterprise Ethereum project

体育投注在线Ernst & Young (EY), ConsenSys and Microsoft are coming together to form a protocol which aims to make Ethereum ‘safe and effective’ for enterprise usage.

Making blockchain technologies enterprise-friendly has long been a goal of the industry; the key part being increasing the transaction speed to deal with complex organisational goals. The efforts of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and Foundation aside, Ethereum has so far struggled on this front, although...

R3 paints optimistic look on enterprise blockchain adoption as companies become ‘smarter’

A new report from R3 paints an optimistic picture for enterprise blockchain initiatives, with companies learning more around how the technology works and delivery increasing.

The report, titled ‘Blockchain: 2020 Vision’, argues that delivery issues, rather than disillusionment, led to the slowdown. In other words, putting these things together takes time; companies who have been working on privacy, performance, and enterprise integration in 2018 and 2019 will see success in...