Hitachi and BTMU cheque mates for blockchain digitalisation
Hitachi and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) have started proof of concept (PoC) testing for using blockchain in the digitalisation of cheques in Singapore.
In this PoC testing, Hitachi and BTMU developed a system in which a blockchain infrastructure is used for issuing, transferring and collecting electronic cheques. BTMU issues and settles them, while some of Hitachi’s companies in Singapore receive them and deposit the funds.
The firms say the testing means they will be able to identify issues such as technology, security, operations and legal perspectives. Their aim to is to create new services, including cheque digitalisation. Hitachi adds that blockchain is “expected to reduce system investments” and provide “reliable and convenient” financial services.
Both say the digitalisation makes it possible to automate the workloads of intermediaries for cheques in financial institutions, to “avoid tampering and to speed up settling”. In addition, they say similar approaches can be applied to payment and supply chain finance in non-financial sectors in the future.
Their partnership follows the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s recent consultation paper on proposed guidelines for a regulatory sandbox framework to help advance fintech services.
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