The traditional Saturday review of the recent initiatives of the blockchain such scope, as supply chains, social services, energy and pharmaceuticals.

SWIFT India uses technology MonetaGo in the banking sector

Where: India
In what field: banking sector
Goal: improve the efficiency and security of financial transactions, fraud
Those involved in: SWIFT India, a provider of financial technology MonetaGo
Technology used: development MonetaGo on the basis of the framework Hyperledger Fabric
Estimated date of implementation: unknown
Link: press release

Sberbank, the national settlement Depository and MTS completed the transaction for the issuance of bonds on the blockchain

Where: Russia
In what area: Finance
Purpose: increase transparency and efficiency of financial market operations, achieving a high level of confidentiality when dealing with accounts
Who is involved: savings Bank, national settlement Depository, MTS
Technology used: unknown
Estimated date of implementation: unknown
Reference: TASS

Uzbekistan will be deposited into the blockchain the state register of medicines

Where: Uzbekistan
In what field: pharmaceuticals
Goal: combating counterfeiting of medicines, increasing transparency of supply chains of medicines and the level of confidence in the system of state quality control of pharmaceutical products
Who is: Estonian company Blockchain Industrial Alliance (BIA)
Used technology: blockchain BIA
Estimated date of implementation: second half of 2019
Link: Invest-Foresight

British street paper The Big Issue launch blockchain-a platform for social investment

Where: United Kingdom
In what area: social investment
Purpose: raise funds to solve social and environmental problems
Who is engaged in: the publication the Big Issue, investment companies, UK Standard LifeAberdeen US Columbia Threadneedle and AllianceBernstein
Technology used: unknown
Estimated date of implementation: early 2019
Reference: Financial Times

In South Korea uses blockchain in supply chains of beef

Where: South Korea (jeolla North province)
In what area of the food supply chain
Goal: prevent fraud and increase transparency and reliability of information about product quality and its origin; improving the efficiency of reporting, minimizing paper work
Those involved in the Ministry of agriculture and Ministry of science and information and communication technologies
Technology used: unknown
Estimated date of implementation: January 2019
Reference: Yonhap

South Korean energy company KEPCO is developing microsphere-based blockchain

Where: South Korea
In what area: energy
Goal: modernization of the energy infrastructure, the transition to “green” and energy-saving technologies
Who is: KEPCO, with the support of Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, IT company Nihon Unisys and the University of Tokyo
Technology used: unknown
Estimated date of implementation: unknown
Link: press release

In Catalonia will create a voting system on a blockchain

Where: Spain
In what area: voting
Purpose: provide opportunities to vote to citizens at the time of elections abroad; increasing citizens ‘ trust in the electoral process
Who is: the Generalitat of Catalonia
Technology used: unknown
Estimated date of implementation: 2020
Reference: La Vanguardia

The Ministry of education of Malaysia, uses a blockchain to issue of certificates and their verification

Where: Malaysia
In what area: education
Purpose: countering counterfeit diplomas, improving the efficiency of verification of documents on education
Who is involved: the Ministry of education Malaysia,
Used technology: e-Scroll on the NEM blockchain
Estimated date of implementation: unknown
Reference: CCN

Also this week ForkLog reported that:

  • the volume of venture investments in blockchain projects for the year increased by 316%
  • The EU creates blockchain Association IATBA with the participation of BBVA and other banks
  • Russian startup Sputnik DLT has developed a service of “Deposit” for copyright protection
  • Bitfury Group and the Russian economic University named after G. V. Plekhanov will open the blockchain accelerator
  • blockchain project æternity joined research initiative of the IC3.