When we talk about blockchain what is the first thing that comes to mind? Many will respond that it is a technology related to Bitcoin and the crypto universe. And they are not wrong! Blockchain technology, at first, came into being for bitcoin to be created. But over the years and with the evolution of this technology, it started to be used for other purposes, that is what we are going to present.
Blockchain in Education
Last week, Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training announced that for 2021, they are planning to use blockchain technology to issue diplomas.
According to the ministry, a partnership was made with a Singapore startup, TomoChain, to insert national student certificates into the blockchain platform.
This initiative came about because of a project called “National Qualifications Archive” where the Ministry plans to issue high school and higher education diplomas on the blockchain. The plans are for the new certification issuance system to start during the school year ending in 2021.
The issuance of certifications on the blockchain has been drawing attention, causing several ministries of education and schools to announce their intention to issue diplomas through this technology. In March this year, two Italian high schools announced their plans to issue degrees through the Ethereum blockchain. In the same month, the Ministry of Education of Brazil proposed that certificates, from non-state universities, be issued based on this technology, in order to prevent fraud.
Blockchain in Brazil
In Brazil, blockchain technology is gaining more and more space, and the government, although it does not use it to carry out crypto transactions, has joined the technology for other purposes.
On April 1st 2020, the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM - Comissão de Valores Mobiliários) launched an information exchange platform, Regulatory Entities Information Integration Platform (PIER - Plataforma de Integração de Informações das Entidades Reguladoras). The platform was based on blockchain technology and aims to lower costs for members. PIER will exchange information in a safer and more agile way, providing immediate answers and updating data that can be used in investigations by CVM, the Central Bank and the Superintendence of Private Insurance.
bCONNECT is a system that is being developed by the Federal Revenue, in order to share the registration information of companies certified by it as an Authorized Economic Operator (OEA - Operador Econômico Autorizado), and that have benefits in customs procedures, abroad and in Brazil. In this way, each country that has agreed with the Smart Contract will be able to view, on the blockchain network, the information of the OEA companies.
Blockchain in the Federal Government
Recently, the Presidency of the Republic opened a tender to hire a company specializing in blockchain. This bidding is intended to provide the Government with a solution and administration of a shared network. According to the Official Gazette, the system developed should bring audit of processes and control, reliability and transparency.
Throughout this year, the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI - Agência Brasileira de Desenvolvimento Industrial) introduced blockchain technology to the Federal Government's digital transformation program. Thus, technology will be studied in order to create innovative solutions in the public sector.
IoT and Blockchain
BlockIoT is an identity system developed by the Telecommunications Research and Development Center (CPqD - Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações). The system was based on blockchain and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies. As stated by CPqD, this system allows, to the authentication process, more privacy, reliability and security.
As you can see, every day, more and more things are attributed to this technology that grows to be a lot more than just used by the crypto industry.