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Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and IBM are testing blockchain-powered bank transfers

It was a transparent four-way banking.


It was confirmed today that the first cross-border, commercial transactions have been conducted on the blockchain platform – an initiative established by a group of financial giants, including Deutsche Bank, HSBC, and Rabobank.

These aren’t your average bank-funded, cross-border remittance transactions powered by the blockchain, though. This particular test was a sustained cross-country, multi-bank, interoperability remittance fest.

Over a whole business week, 10 companies conducted trades on the platform, making use of four different banks across five countries. The list of participants boasts high profile brands like Santander, Societe Generale and KBC. Participation spans across 11 European countries, including France, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, Spain, and Germany.

“This live trade is a massive achievement for all involved,” said Hubert Benoot, Head of Trade at KBC and Chairman of the Board of Directors, “Not only has built a technical solution, it has also managed to create real collaboration across multiple banks and increased the connectivity of the trade ecosystem. This really is collaboration at its finest.”

Once fully-operational, members believe the platform could provide an enterprise-level, cost-effective solution. It remains to be seen whether the project can live up to its expectations.

The successful tests are also a major win for the IBM Blockchain Platform, which powers IBM Blockchain Platform is perhaps the most successful offspring of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger movement – an open source blockchain resource and enterprise onboarding project that boasts over 220 partners across all areas of global industry.

More successful tests for could see widespread adoption across Hyperledger partners, which even includes credit card giant American Express.

Published July 3, 2018 — 12:17 UTC