While countries including Canada and Australia are leveraging the blockchain technology, Singapore is also moving ahead as one of the leading blockchain development countries in the world.
Consulting firm PWC says that 82% of the surveyed executives in Singapore reported blockchain initiatives underway. Also, 13% of them have already brought the initiatives live to the market.
So, let’s understand the key initiatives that have been taken around blockchain development in Singapore.
Singapore’s GeTS launches World’s First Cross-Border Blockchain For Trade, linking ASEAN and China’s Digital Silk Road
GeTS has launched Open Trade Blockchain (OTB), which is an extensible blockchain service. It is built for trade communities that can make global trade highly efficient, secure and transparent.
OTB is the region’s first cross-border blockchain platform aligned with China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) and the Southern Transport Corridor. A permissioned blockchain network, OTB is hosted by whitelisted accredited trade compliance companies.
The OTB is built to improve the security of documents associated with the trade like certificates and commercial invoices. Also, it maintains the transparency and trust between shippers, customers and freight-forwarders.
With a user-friendly interface, OTB is created with an Easy-to-Consumer service layer that provides drag-and-drop simplicity to secure trade documents between businesses.
Integrated web service APIs allow partners to scale OTB with their own legacy systems.
With the launch of Open Trade Blockchain, the GeTS has set a new eminence for global trade while meeting the high demands for compliant and secure trade both regionally and globally.
Let’s explore some sectors in Singapore reaping the advantages of the adoption of blockchain technology.
Blockchain technology can allow every stakeholder involved in air travel like airline crew, staff, ground services crew and passengers to access up-to-date and verified details regarding departures, arrivals and delays.
Krishflyer, Singaporean Airlines, has transformed its payment and loyalty programme using the blockchain for its digital wallet.
A public institution for higher learning in Singapore named Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), founded in 1963 has also shown interest in leveraging the blockchain’s potential in its educational mission.
It is the first educational institute in Singapore that uses the blockchain to check the authenticity of the NP’s diploma.
Employers can ask for student’s Blockchain ID at the time of joining to retrieve their immutable academic records and education history recorded to the blockchain.
National University Singapore (NUS) provides classes on blockchain technologies to their students and has partnered with IBM to get a curriculum around the distributed ledger technologies.
Government/ Public Sector
Public Service Division has declared that the Singapore government could adopt the blockchain technology to do the following things:
- Verify vendor’s track records on Gebiz (Singapore Government’s one-stop e-procurement portal
- Track public officer’s career moves
- Enhance or even replace the auditing process
The customs authority in Singapore has launched a national trade platform (NTP) on blockchain technology. It has been expected that this platform will be used to connect businesses, community systems, platforms and government systems.
The blockchain based trading platform will replace the existing TradeNet and TradeXchange platforms used for trading and logistics.
Another project that’s in its second phase is Project Ubin, launched by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in conjunction with various financial institutions and technology partners.
With distributed ledger technology, the project has tested interbank payments and now being used to evaluate the implications of using tokens as a virtual Singapore dollar.
If blockchain based payments become successful, then it could lead to quick settlements in financial services, especially for trade across borders.
Averspace is the first real estate portal in Singapore, based on the blockchain platform, used to list properties for sale or rent.
The transactions are conducted using digitized contracts secured by the blockchain. The platform makes it easy for homeowners and tenants to sign the digital tenancy agreement without paying commission fees.
Implementing the Blockchain technology to the food industry can give suppliers and consumers more authenticated information about food products like from where it has been originated and more.
Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) in Singapore, established under Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, has been working on the blockchain food project.
The platform will be used to track and trace the materials’ and products’ information gathered from all the participants involved in the food production chain.
The blockchain solution ensures cutting-edge data structure management and data storage standards that maintain food quality, safety and reduces food waste.
It uses a dual blockchain with a unique layered architecture incorporated with Artificial Intelligence and data analytics capabilities on top of its control and data layers. It enables machine learning APIs and complex applications to be built on top of MediLOT platform.
The team at MediLOT Technologies has the vision to develop an interoperable decentralized platform, which can be used by the healthcare industry.
Healthcare institutes can use the platform to gather information from healthcare records and provide patients with effective treatments and better diagnosis.
When it comes to the pharmaceutical sector, the company “BlockVerify” is working to track the medical products in the supply chains to ensure that patients receive the right drugs.
Julius Tab and Martin Lim, the founders of the start-up, wanted to introduce Blockchain technology to change the way the people purchase electricity.
Using the web and mobile platforms, consumers can buy electricity from retailers through smart contracts.
Compared to recent technology like RFID tagging, the blockchain could be an excellent opportunity for any industry that wants to enhance traceability and visibility across their business supply chain.
One of the Singapore-based startups, DLT Ledgers, has built the blockchain software for the supply chain industry. Also, the company is awarded with Best Blockchain App for Supply chain award by CXO Honour.
DLT Ledgers assures to provide end-to-end traceability records in an immutable and secure way. Also, it helps to combat products fraud with advanced mathematical algorithms.
The blockchain would help various financial institutes and banks to verify their customer’s identities and details in an efficient and transparent way.
Blockchain Incubator Programme Launched in Singapore
LongHash Hatch is a 12-week programme aimed at transforming five blockchain products into MVP to test in the market. It is an International blockchain incubator that has offices in various countries like Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and many more. Moreover, Enterprise Singapore has supported the LongHash Programme.
According to the media release, a few factors on which the five projects were selected for the inaugural batch were business model team’s background, their industry experience, technical expertise and market reviews.
Also, these projects would receive support in a few areas like fundraising, marketing, branding and administration.
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