noted in our coverage, the state government’s main motive for the plan appeared
to be enabling people overseas, such as soldiers, to vote via a secure mobile app.
State election administrators have had little to say about the blockchain part
of the equation, and critics point out that Voatz’s centralized voting app
doesn’t fully deliver on the theoretical benefits of blockchain-based voting,
which would require full decentralization of the voting and recording process.
you think blockchain technology is uniquely positioned to increase transparency
and accountability, then this story is one you’ll want to follow as it
continues to unfold — whether or not you believe the Voatz solution actually
provides better transparency or immutability than conventional voting.
2. Walmart's Blockchain-Based Delivery System
blockchain may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about
how to fight the scourge of porch pirates and ensure that items that you order
online are safely delivered to your home or business. But Walmart thinks it
should be. In July, the company filed a patent that mentioned using a
blockchain to help coordinate the delivery of items to lockboxes.
a big difference between filing a patent and creating a solution. It’s unclear
whether or when Walmart’s vision might come to fruition, or how extensive a
role the blockchain might play in it. But this is certainly an initiative to
watch if you’re interested in the future of enterprise blockchain use cases.
3. IBM and Maersk Partner on
Blockchain-Based Global Shipping Solutions
shipping is an activity that almost begs to be improved by blockchain technology.
When you are moving goods across borders, usually with multiple shipping
providers involved in the process, keeping reliable, accurate records is
this year, IBM and Maersk announced an effort to help solve those
challenges using a blockchain. The move was the latest in a blockchain-centric
partnership that the two companies have been pursuing since 2016.
time of the announcement, neither company offered many details about which
specific technology the blockchain-based shipping solution would leverage or
how easily third parties might benefit from it. But it was notable as an
example of two major companies applying distributed ledger technology to a
real-world use case.
4. VeChain Leverages a Blockchain
for Tracing Vaccines
tracking the origins of vaccines can be a matter of life and death. To help
reduce the chance of error, VeChain announced this summer that it is working with the
Chinese government on a system that uses IoT devices to record data to
VeChain’s blockchain during the vaccine production process.
looking for real-world examples of the use of blockchain technology in the healthcare
industry, this is a prime example.
5. Akamai and MUFG Plan Blockchain-Based
is still out on whether Bitcoin will deliver on its core promise of enabling
faster, frictionless, border-agnostic payments. And, for now, blockchain
technology won’t do much to help you pay with a credit card.
service provider Akamai and Japanese bank MUFG hope to change that by building a payment processing
they say will be faster and more scalable than anything that has been produced
to date. It won’t be built on Bitcoin, and the infrastructure that hosts it
will be controlled by Akamai — so it’s not going to be a fully decentralized
network. But if the two companies make good on their promise, they’ll use a new
cryptocurrency to enable processing speeds of as high as 10 million
transactions per second.