Accenture hired by Singapore’s Central Bank

Consultancy giant Accenture has been hired by Singapore’s central bank in order to develop a prototype blockchain solution for interbank payments
18 October 2017   1210

Singapore’s central bank hires consultancy giant, Accenture, in order to develop a prototype blockchain solution for interbank payments.

Earlier this month, the Monetary Authority of Singapore unveiled the successful development of three different blockchain models for decentralized inter-bank payment and settlements. Thus, the prototypes were developed using R3’s Corda, the open-source Hyperledger Fabric and JP Morgan Chase’s Ethereum-based Quorum. These developments marked the second phase of Project Ubin, an initiative by the central bank to ultimately produce and deploy a digital representation of the Singaporean dollar.

A key outcome of the consortium’s effort is the ability to perform netting while protecting the privacy of transactions. This helps to open up the opportunity for a wider adoption of DLT-based settlement systems.
 

Sopnendu Mohanty
Chief FinTech Officer, MAS

Now, Accenture announces that the company has been appointed by the MAS and the Association of Banks in Singapore in order to ‘manage and develop a prototype’ using the 3 distributed ledger technology platforms for interbank payments solution.

Project Ubin is making a great leap forward in proving the value and potential of DLT systems and their ability to transform industries. The value of the technical innovations arising from the program is matched by the value of the strategic thinking going into how the interbank payments ecosystem will transform and build new value.
 

David Treat
Managing director of Accenture’s global blockchain practice 

It's significant, that the Project Ubin’s Phase 1 has already seen Singapore’s central bank successfully issue a digitized token of the Singaporean dollar via JPMorgan’s Quorum Ethereum-based blockchain.

DFINITY to Postpone Internet Computer Launch

The project is currently assessing the time frame for the completion of the MVP
14 December 2018   88

The blockchain project Dfinity reported in its blog postponing the launch of its main product.

Previously, Dfinity chief scientist Dominic Williams said that his company intends to create an “Internet computer that will become cloud 3.0”, compete with Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, and also change the face of the blockchain industry.

According to him, the project team is developing a technology that has 150 higher performance than Ethereum blockchain and 900 times - Bitcoin. In essence, the project creates a “giant Internet computer”, whose work will be supported not by one company, but by all participants of the Dfinity protocol.

Initially, the release of a minimum viable product (MVP) was planned for the first quarter of 2019. However, according to company representatives, working on a trimmed version may slow down progress in creating a complete product.

The project is currently assessing the time frame for the completion of the MVP. Also, noted in Dfinity, before the end of the first quarter a new set of development tools (SDK) will be released, which will shed light on the future plans of the company.

In August, the Dfinity Foundation attracted $ 102 million of investments in the framework of a closed tokensale. Prior to this, at the beginning of the year, the Dfinity Foundation raised $ 61 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital.