Blockchain technology moves into car sharing, mobility services

Blockchain technology moves into car sharing, mobility services

  • Accounting and consulting firm EY, part of Ernst & Young Global Ltd, said on Wednesday it was launching a blockchain based system that will enable companies or groups of individuals to more easily share ownership of vehicles and access to cars and trucks.
  • The concept of sharing the use of vehicles is not new to the auto industry, but the use of blockchain technology to record vehicle ownership, log the use of vehicles, and apportion insurance costs and other transactions is in its infancy.
  • T>, for example, said in May that its Toyota Research Institute would work with researchers at MIT and technology partners including BigchainDB of Berlin, Oaken Innovations of Dallas and Toronto and Commuterz, an Israeli startup, to develop blockchain based applications.
  • Toyota said it was also working with partners to develop usage-based insurance products using blockchain systems.
  • EY’s Simlett said blockchain systems could enable shared use and shared ownership of large fleets of vehicles, such as a group of cars parked in a high-rise building that residents could use as needed, gaining access using a smartphone app.

The technology underpinning the cryptocurrency bitcoin is migrating to the auto industry and vehicle sharing. Accounting and consulting firm EY, part of Ernst & Young Global Ltd, said on Wednesday it was launching a blockchain based system that will enable companies or groups of individuals to more
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Accenture, Microsoft Team Up on Blockchain-Based Digital ID Network

@Accenture and @Microsoft Team Up on Blockchain-Based Digital ID Network - launch at #ID2020

  • “Without an identity you can’t access education, financial services, healthcare, you name it.
  • You are disenfranchised and marginalized from society,” David Treat, a managing director in Accenture’s financial services practice, said in an interview.
  • One of the main advantages of blockchain is that it allows systems of different organizations to communicate with each other, Yorke Rhodes, global business strategist at Microsoft, said in an interview.
  • The prototype was built on top of an existing Accenture platform, which powers the biometric identity management system used by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • Accenture and Microsoft, which worked on the prototype with managed service provider Avanade Inc, are inviting other companies to join their and Cisco Systems Inc are among the organizations involved in ID2020.

Accenture Plc and Microsoft Corp are teaming up to build a digital ID network using blockchain technology, as part of a United Nations-supported project to provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official documents.
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Accenture, Microsoft Team Up on Blockchain-Based Digital ID Network

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Accenture Plc and Microsoft Corp are teaming up to build a digital ID network using blockchain technology, as part of a United Nations-supported project to provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official documents.
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Anthony Bourdain: Human race is ‘essentially good’

  • I have since come to believe — after many meals with many different people in many, many different places — that though there is no shortage of people who would do us harm, we are essentially good.
  • That the world is, in fact, filled with mostly good and decent people who are simply doing the best they can.
  • Sitting at the table has allowed me a privileged perspective and access that others, looking principally for “the story,” do not, I believe, always get.
  • People feel free, with a goofy American guy who has expressed interest only in their food and what they do for fun, to tell stories about themselves — to let their guard down, to be and to reveal, on occasion, their truest selves.
  • I hope to show you what people are like at the table, at home, in their businesses, at play.

Before I set out to travel this world, 12 years ago, I used to believe that the human race as a whole was basically a few steps above wolves.
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Anthony Bourdain: Human race is ‘essentially good’

  • I have since come to believe — after many meals with many different people in many, many different places — that though there is no shortage of people who would do us harm, we are essentially good.
  • That the world is, in fact, filled with mostly good and decent people who are simply doing the best they can.
  • Sitting at the table has allowed me a privileged perspective and access that others, looking principally for “the story,” do not, I believe, always get.
  • People feel free, with a goofy American guy who has expressed interest only in their food and what they do for fun, to tell stories about themselves — to let their guard down, to be and to reveal, on occasion, their truest selves.
  • I hope to show you what people are like at the table, at home, in their businesses, at play.

Before I set out to travel this world, 12 years ago, I used to believe that the human race as a whole was basically a few steps above wolves.
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DealShaker Launch Set to Reshape the E-commerce Industry

  • SOFIA, Bulgaria , Feb. 16, 2017 /CNW/ – One of the largest direct-sales networks in the world, the   OneLife Network,   is set to reshape the industry standards with the launch of the pilot version of its new e-commerce platform –   DealShaker.
  • The new advertising platform, which was officially launched on February 16 th, is the first of its kind to allow users to accept the   OneCoin   (ONE) cryptocurrency as payment for products and services.
  • Click here to find out more about the DealShaker merchant platform

    By joining DealShaker, all registered users not only become part of the global OneLife Network, but also gain access to a multi-million user network, allowing everyone to advertise their businesses and products to a global market and substantially wider audience of potential clients.

  • This presents a unique chance for all users to take advantage of the untapped potential of a newly opened market, offering a unique pricing model, exclusive to the OneLife Network, and also expand their reach, increase their visibility and gain additional income by offering their products and services to a pool of millions of potential buyers.
  • The OneLife Network is a direct-sales company, which provides access to a diverse portfolio of products and services, that aim to add individual and social value to its members’ lives and grant opportunities for both professional and personal development.

DealShaker Launch Set to Reshape the E-commerce Industry
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How Fintech Will Change The Way We Bank In The Developing World

How #fintech will change the way we bank in the Developing World. Via @HuffingtonPost.

  • This means that digital financial transactions are the entry point for the un(der)banked supported by the fact that (in 2014) 80 percent of adults in emerging economies had a mobile phone, while only 55 percent had financial accounts.
  • This inclusiveness was achieved through an elimination of the physical barriers (proximity to branches) financial barriers (bank charges, service charges, monthly subscriptions) and centralised structure of the financial services system prompted by the high barriers of entry (deep pockets) into this industry curtailing the competition which drive up the costs of banking.
  • Furthermore, because digital can provide financial services by leveraging off mobile technology at a fraction of the cost more people can afford to participate in the financial ecosystem.
  • Not only is there opportunity to provide financial services to 80 percent of the global population through their mobile phones, there are also 200 million businesses in emerging economies without access to financial services including savings and credit.
  • Emerging markets are characterised by a relatively high Gini Coefficient; the wealthier you are, the higher the possibility that you have access to social and economic goods and services including a reliable internet connection.

Entrepreneurs now have the opportunity to enjoy the economic benefits previously available exclusively to established banking institutions.
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