China property contracts to be timestamped in blockchain

One of the largest online real estate brokerages in China introduced a way for customers to sign and store digital contracts on a blockchain
22 June 2018   983

Lianjia.com has published a patent filed in November 2017 that reveals a project for a system that is able to connect an existing contract management database with a blockchain. The procedure is as follows:

  • digital contract is signed;
  • a transaction on a blockchain is initiated;
  • the digital signature is encoded into a timestamp;
  • hash of the transaction is stored in the contract system

While the existing centralized contract management system is well equipped to prevent alteration of contract content using multi-signature technology, a remaining challenge is to ensure the authenticity of the exact moment of the agreement being inked. Provide precision over when the contract is signed relative to when the actual money is paid is a factor that can make a notable difference should a dispute arise around a real-estate sale.

 

Excerpt from Lianjia.com statement

Lianjia was founded in 2001, got rebranded in 2010 with an implementation of 'online-to-offline' model. It provides property leasing and sales services in more than 20 Chinese cities.

Bakkt to Release Consumer App This Year

The app can be used for a wide range of tasks, e.g., crypto and securities trading, virtual goods purchase, etc
23 January 2020   92

Institutional Investor Platform Bakkt will release an app for retail investors this year, with which users can pay with cryptocurrency.

According to the president of Bakkt Adam White at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the application can be used for a wide range of tasks. In addition to trading cryptocurrencies, it will support various virtual “goods” like points of loyalty programs.

In addition, in the future it is possible to add securities trading, as well as the creation of a portal for shops and merchants. That is, the application will be more like a traditional fintech product like PayPal than a solution from a cryptocurrency exchange.

Although the Bakkt platform was originally created for institutional investors, the new director of Mike Blandina is very serious about entering the retail market. Earlier, he said that the application for retail investors should be released in the first half of 2020.

I do not think we are there yet. What gives me optimism is that we are seeing a lot of developer interest. I am confident that someone is going to find something.

 

Adam White

President of Bakkt

 White added that the cryptocurrency market is still underdeveloped.