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EY helps Block2 build a blockchain-based solution for small and medium businesses to manage supply and demand across trade industries

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Block2, an Australian start-up focused on peer-to-peer resource management, has selected EY to provide software and services to build their newly released 2Mota solution, a blockchain-based peer-to-peer marketplace to help Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) manage their supply chains more efficiently.

EY’s OpsChain Tesseract with pre-configured, native blockchain functionality was leveraged by Block2 to build 2Mota, a blockchain-based peer-to-peer marketplace customized for the motor trades industry in Australia. The 2Mota solution has both B2C and B2B functions that (i) introduce and manage new customers, and (ii) facilitate the optimization of employees, equipment and workspaces for better profitability.  It will also provide workers and independent contractors more control over their careers within the industry.

Specifically, Block2’s 2Mota solution allows car owners to book services for their vehicles directly or post repair requests so that local motor trade businesses can bid for the work. The car owner then selects the best quote based on criteria, such as; price, location, availability, staff quality and business references. 2Mota also allows local businesses to book and rent resources from each other to fill excess demand and/or provide an additional source of revenue in a situation where they have excess capacity. The solution further allows workers take charge of their own careers, manage their work history/qualifications and to move seamlessly between businesses to gain skills and experience.

At the industry level, 2Mota’s peer-to-peer marketplace improves the use of compatible resources across an industry where peaks and troughs in demand create difficulties for SMEs. Block2 hopes that its solution will result is a more robust motor trades industry that is better prepared to evolve with the new digital economy. Over time Block2 plans to expand into additional industries to manage and share resources, allocate and trade assets, and tap into a mobile workforce, all on a single marketplace.

Paul Brody, EY Global Blockchain Leader, says:

“As blockchain technology continues to evolve around the world, we are able to find new ways to improve efficiency and limit unnecessary losses. The use of a blockchain-based peer-to-peer marketplace is an efficient means of introducing elasticity into sectors where traditional fixed ownership presents barrier to profitability. Block2’s marketplace will allow companies, particularly SMEs, to optimize resources and make best use of the human capital available to them. EY OpsChain Tesseract will allow Block2 to leverage the current trend of ‘using’ assets, rather than owning them – much the way the hospitality industry is doing today.”

Eden Spencer, Founder and CEO, Block2, says:

“Small and medium sized businesses, like automotive repair companies, must manage demand to ensure success in an increasingly competitive environment. Block2’s peer-to-peer marketplace addresses challenges in Australia’s automotive repair industry, whereby the lack of supply and demand management is impacting business productivity, investment planning and growth.”

 

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Paytah Supports Global Growth Strategy

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FINANCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH INNOVATIVE PAYMENT SOLUTIONS

 

Considered as one of the top payment service providers in Europe, Paytah

Payment Solutions (PAYTAH), which uses cutting edge financial technology applications, is also the first finance institution to offer IBAN (International Bank Account Numbers) running on blockchain.

A participant of the European Payment Council, this user-friendly and cost-effective banking service alternative is one of the first crypto-friendly payment service providers. Its services include instant transfers within Paytah accounts, Euro transfers to external accounts via SEPA, Euro deposits through SEPA, International wire and credit card transactions, private encrypted messaging between client/Paytah or client/client.

Designed to ensure payment safety, product quality and data integrity throughout the life cycle of a regulated product, the personalized IBANs and SEPA help facilitate the process of opening a business or individual account less the bureaucracy, thus, a much faster service. This brings Paytah at the forefront of financial innovation and continues to help in the growth of the company.

Paytah Founder and Chairman Marco Lavanna, who has successfully steered the company since late 2018, affirms that “Paytah provides true agility and responsiveness towards the market. We give first class customer experience while transactions are faster, more affordable, and highly safe. We are fully compliant with the European Payment Council, as we have proudly launched the Paytah Wallet, a wallet account application, meticulously developed to be seamless and user-friendly.”

Paytah is committed to finding solutions to challenges in the online finance sector as it expedites growth for companies and individuals.

 

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Riot Blockchain Outlines 2020 Strategic Priorities

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Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) (“Riot” or the “Company”), one of the few Nasdaq listed public cryptocurrency mining companies in the United States, has announced updated strategic priorities for 2020, including a more targeted focus on bitcoin mining.

Since 2017, Riot has concentrated on developing its cryptocurrency mining operations and investing in blockchain-focused technologies. Historically, the Company has produced newly minted bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), and litecoin (LTC). In line with the initial strategic objectives, Riot also invested in several companies and internal initiatives with the intent of building and supporting blockchain technologies.  Going forward, Riot reinforces its confidence in bitcoin by focusing on bitcoin mining and pursuing opportunities more directly related to bitcoin mining.

Cryptocurrency Mining: Riot recently completed a full network upgrade at its Oklahoma City mining facility with the objective to increase operational efficiency and performance. As previously mentioned in a press release issued on February 11, 2020, Riot procured 4,000 S17 miners from Bitmain during December 2019. As of mid-February, the deployment of 4,000 S17s was completed at the Oklahoma City mining facility resulting an overall hashrate of 240 petahash per second (“Ph/s”), consuming approximately 12 megawatts of energy.

The Company plans to provide updates on monthly production levels, commencing with a report shortly after the February 2020 production totals are reconciled. Such production updates are anticipated to continue for at least three months.

Strategic Partnership: To assist the Company in evaluating its strategic growth opportunities, Riot has engaged XMS Capital Partners. Headquartered in Chicago, XMS is an independent global financial services firm with expertise in M&A and strategic advisory. XMS will help Riot navigate the dynamic bitcoin landscape and advise the Company on potential strategic transactions in bitcoin mining related operations. The Company does not have a defined timeline for any transaction and cannot provide any assurance whether or when a transaction will may be announced or consummated.

RiotX Exchange: In order to concentrate its focus on cryptocurrency mining, Riot has opted to sunset further development of Riot’s U.S.-based digital currency exchange, known as the RiotX Exchange (“RiotX”), originally initiated in early 2018. Riot considered a number of factors when evaluating the RiotX decision including, but not limited to, the evolving regulatory environment, cybersecurity risks, and the current competitive landscape facing U.S. based cryptocurrency exchanges. Riot is considering opportunities to divest the limited assets associated with the RiotX in the best interest of the Company and its stockholders.

 

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Centotrenta Servicing redefines credit securitization management with IBM Blockchain Platform

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Centotrenta Servicing announce the HyperMast STS platform, an end to end credit securitization management platform based on IBM blockchain technology designed to address financial sector requirements for their clients including data quality, process security, flow traceability, and the reduction of processing time and paper-based processes.

Centotrenta Servicing S.p.A, an Italian financial services company, currently manages approximately 200 securitization transactions per year in Italy with a combined value of 15.6 billion euros. As a servicer, Centotrenta Servicing is responsible for servicing the portfolio, collecting the receivables, providing cash and payment services, and monitoring the compliance of the securitization transaction with applicable laws and the prospectus.

Starting February 2020, the HyperMast STS platform project enters a phase of industrialization, and additional network participants including paying agents, originators, servicers, intermediaries, credit institutions and investors, law firms and technology companies are encouraged to join.

The HyperMast STS platform aims to provide the financial market with a tool to connect the entire ecosystem, made up of originators, servicers, intermediaries, credit institutions and investors –and allow them to interact in the different phases of the securitization operation in a transparent, secure and traceable way.

Based on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), HyperMast STS offers real advantages for the stakeholders of the operations, providing them with a greater level of interaction between them, a greater sharing of processes and, greater confidence in the processes and degree of guarantee of the financial assets.

In addition to the technology partners IBM and Blockchain Reply, Reply Group companies specialized in innovative projects based on DLT technology, they are part of the ecosystem led by Centotrenta Servicing and including BNP Paribas Securities Services as account and paying agent bank, other banks, advisors and prestigious law firms.

The choice of the IBM Blockchain Platform was due to its robustness and reliability, and its capabilities when creating DLT permissioned environments, combining efficiency, operational versatility with a hybrid cloud model, and data privacy control.

The platform addresses the core processes in securitization operations such as forming and signing the initial contracts (block sale), and the contracts underlying the securities issuance activities (block issue), and the definition of a “smart contract”.

The prototype was completed in November 2019 and addressed several key issues, such as possible ways of interfacing with the Bank of Italy systems (Infostat, FE129), issues related to security and user profiling, data protection management and digital signature mechanisms that allow the various actors to sign the HyperMast STS platform regulations and perform onboarding according to their role.

 

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