IBM Launches Blockchain Pilot for Bank Guarantee Processes
Tech giant IBM and four Australian financial services companies have launched a pilot for a blockchain-powered platform designed to streamline bank guarantee process.
In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 3, IBM stated that the pilot was launched in partnership with four Australian financial services companies.
The pilot — dubbed Lygon — is backed by IBM, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Commonwealth Bank, real estate operator Scentre Group, and Australia’s first bank Westpac. The pilot is set to run for eight weeks for a test group of retail property leasing customers starting today.
Essentially, Lygon is a blockchain-based platform that digitizes the issuance and management of bank guarantees in the retail property lease sector. Per the release, digitizing the process will reduce the risk of fraud, decrease potential of errors, as well as increase transparency and security.
Once the pilot is completed, Lygon plans to expand the range of digitised bank guarantees it supports and begin offering them to other industries. Didier Van Not, general manager of Corporate and Institutional Banking at Westpac, said:
“We have created a blockchain-based platform to digitize the bank guarantee ecosystem. The pilot will test live transactions using distributed ledger to prove the technology is commercially viable. It is a great example of digital transformation that refines the customer experience.”
IBM has launched a number of enterprise blockchain offers to date. Last month, CIP, a facilitator of Brazilian banking and financial infrastructure, officially launched its blockchain ID platform via a partnership with IBM using Hyperledger Fabric. Its aim is to authenticate and verify digital signatures using mobile devices.