Italy Banking Association Completes Trial Of Blockchain Based System
The Italian Banking Association (ABI) has announced that they have successfully completed the first trial phase of their blockchain-based interbank system, according to reports issued by Italian financial media outlet Ansa. By implementing distributed ledger technology (DLT), the consortium of 14 Italian banks is aiming to enhance inter-bank operations.
In particular, the consortium aims to speed up processing time, improve the transparency of banking data, and facilitate the authentication and transfer of data directly within the system.
According to domestic Italian news provider Corriere Nazionale, the implementation of blockchain technology will also aid in certain facets of banking operations that regularly include several complex inconsistencies.
In this regard, the implementation of blockchain in the inter-bank structure intends to tackle that concern by saving data on several nodes mutually used by the banks, with the deployment of smart contracts.
The news report further states that the consortium has effectively completed 1.2 million transactions on a framework of 14 nodes spread among the banks. Based on the encouraging results of the first phase of the trial, the banks will presently begin applying the blockchain-powered platform for saving day-to-day operations.
The consortium had initially informed the idea to deploy blockchain technology for banking operations earlier in June. The blockchain interbank venture, dubbed “Spunta Project”, is performed by ABI’s banking research and innovation center Abi Lab.
The Spunta Project makes use of the Corda DLT platform, built by blockchain consortium R3, with support from tech firm NTT Data.
The ABI’s website states that the project is executed by the following banks: Banca Mediolanum, Banca Sella, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Banca Popolare di Sondrio, BNL – Gruppo BNP Paribas, Banco BPM, Credito Emiliano, CheBanca! – Gruppo Mediobanca, Crédit Agricole, Iccrea Banca, Credito Valtellinese, Nexi Banca, Intesa Sanpaolo, Ubi.
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