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While the FOMO continues in the bearish crypto landscape at the time of this writing, a Blockchain revolution is quietly sweeping over the business landscape. Over 82% of the Fortune 100 companies have either implemented, invested or at least explored the use case of Blockchain in their businesses.

Yes 82%.

In this article, we will show you the list of things that Fortune 100 companies are working on with links to the information that show what specifically these companies are working on in the blockchain space.

Financial industry seems to be at the center of the Blockchain adoption raking 18% followed by Energy and Technology sectors both of which take up 15%.  Automobile, Insurance, Telecom and Healthcare industries are following the suit.

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Below you will find the complete list of these 82 out of Fortune 100 companies that have poked Blockchain in one form or another.  All information is source linked for you to verify and read at your leisure.

1. Walmart

Walmart is implementing blockchain for its food businesses.

2. State Grid

The State Grid Corporation of India is using blockchain technolgy to impove data sharing.

5. Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Dutch says Blockchain will revolutionize and disrupt oil industry to trillion Dollar Industry.

6. Toyota Motor

Toyota seeks blockchain technology in developing Self Driving Cars.

7. Volkswagen

Volkswagen implements and backs Blockchain technology to drive the automobile industry to a new level.

8. BP

BP, formerly known as British petroleum has announced that they will be partnering with blockchain startups which are running ICO’s and also have already tested the tokens internally.

9. Exxon Mobil

Big names in Oil Industry are looking forward to blockchain patents, as they see the potential.

10. Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathway is planning to utilise blockchain technology for shipping freights.

11. Apple

Apple’s Co founder is considering to implement blockchain technology.

12. Samsung Electronics

Samsung looks into blockchain to track their worldwide shipments and also believes it might reduce the costs.

13. Mckesson

Mckesson implementing blockchain and forecast a better future for healthcare IT solutions with blockchain.

14. Glencore

World’s largest producers of Cobalt are considering the implementation of blockchain technology, but its not being confirmed yet.

15. United Health Group

On April 2 2018 United health group has confirmed its usage of blockchain, to maintain and keep the date up to date.

16. Daimler

Daimler and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg(LBBW) together have successfully tested and using blockchain technology.

18. Amazon.com

Amazon web services teams up with ethereum blockchain to make it easier for its customers with a service called Kaleido.

20. AT&T

AT&T, One of the leading telecom industries of United States gets awarded a patent for a server fueled by Blockchain.

21. General Motors

General Motors along with other leaidng automobile manufacturers are deploying Blockchain technology.

22. Ford Motor

Ford Motor along with other leaidng automobile manufacturers are deploying Blockchain technology.

24. Hon Hai Precision Industry/ FOXCONN

Foxconn’s Venture capital has joined a 7 Million Dollar Series A round in aCambridge Blockchain startup.

25. AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen and Merck & Co to extend their usage of blockchain technology to track the geneuinity of medicines.

26. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Yi Huiman, The Chairman of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has announced that their focus is now on using blockchain technology.

27. AXA

Leading Insurance giant is making plans to offer insurance using blockchain with Fizzy.

29. Ping An Insurance

Leading Insurance company groups, has let out a ‘white paper on smart cities’ support blockchain and AI technologies.

30. Honda Motor

Along with other giant Automakers have presented many innovative new technologies at the auto expo’s and Blackchain as been the prominent technology displayed by most.

31. China Construction Bank

IBM along with China Construction Bank(Asia) in Hong Kong are working on a Bankassurance (Bank+Insurance) Blockchain Project to improve the data transmission and Speed.

32. Trafigura Group

IBM, Naxatis and Trafigura implement blockchain solution for US crude oil businesses.

34. Cardinal Health

Potential and usage of Blockchain is beyond bitcoin and can improve the security of Pharma, according to Cardinal Health.

35. Costco

Food companies such as Nestle, Walmart and Costco are working with IBM on a Blockchain to safeguard global food supply network.

36. SAIC Motor

SAIC motors in collaborations with Link-up, a tech firm exploring Blockchain technology.

37. Verizon

“Increasingly, our enterprise customers want to effectively leverage blockchain to meet the security demands from their customers. They are looking for proven, reliable solutions and Verizon is recognized as a market leader in managed security services. Combining our security expertise with Guardtime’s blockchain platform offers customers an advanced solution.”
Alex Schlager, executive director security services, Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

38. Allianz

Oliver Volk, a blockchain expert at Allianz’s said: “Yes, we are thinking about a kind of Allianz token whereby money coming in will be converted to a token,” he told CoinDesk.

39. Kroger

Kroger, Wlamart and many other food supply chains are working with IBM on Blackchain Platform for food safety.

40. Agricultural Bank of China

Agricultural Bank of China is testing blockchain to provide Land-Backed Loans.

41. General Electric

According to them, Blockchain is beyond just bitcoin and has a huge potential to enhance wherever applicable.

42. China Life Insurance

Ms Yang Xiaoyuan, General Manager, Shenzhen Service Center, China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company Limited, commented, “Blockchain is a cutting-edge financial technology, which enables decentralization, transparency and immutability.

44. BNP Paribas

The bank successfully processed payments using blockchain technology.

46. Bank of China

Bank of China’s CIO, Liu Qiuwan, announced that they are increasing their investments into Blockchain, IoT and FinTechn space.

47. JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Apart from applying for patents (like other financial institutions) JP Morgan has taken the game up a notch by offering a Blockchain platform specifically to serve Financial industry.

48. Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae is rumored to be exploring the possibilities of bringing Blockchain capabilities to its mortgage business.

49. Gazprom

In an update posted earlier this year Gazprom disclosed that “BLOCKCHAIN AND INTERNET-OF-THINGS (IOT) TECHNOLOGIES BEING SUCCESSFULLY TESTED IN LOGISTICS AT GAZPROM NEFT”.

50. Prudential

In a press release Prudential announced that “Prudential and StarHub to launch blockchain-based digital trade platform to support growth aspirations of SMEs”.

51. BMW Group

BMW piloted a project to track mileage of their leased vehicles using Blockchain technology.

52. Alphabet

Bloomberg reported that Google (owned by Alphabet) was working on its own Blockchain related project.

53. China Mobile Communications

China Mobile became one of the 3 major telecom companies to join the Trusted Blockchain consortium.

54. Nissan Motor

Nissan’s Global CIO joined Loyakk’s Blockchain project as an advisor.

55. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone

Nippon applied for a patent to store new contract agreements on Blockchain to avoid them from being tampered with.

57. Home Depot

Home Depot is among the sponsors of Microsoft Blockchain for Supply Chain initiative at Auburn University.

59. Assicurazioni Generali

Generali is among the insurance companies that have come together to form a startup called B3I to explore the benefits of Blockchain for insurance industry.

60. Bank of America Corp.

Bank of America had filed for over 43 patents in the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency space as of January 2018.

62. Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is among the Banking giants to make the run to file for patents related to blockchain and tokenization.

63. Lukoil

Lukoil became one of the first energy companies to accept Bitcoin (back in 2015).

64. Boeing

Boeing disclosed its plan to develop blockchain enabled unmanned vehicles.

65. Siemens

“Siemens’ investment in LO3 represents our acknowledgement of the future potential of blockchain technology as an enabler of local energy market places,” says Ralf Christian, CEO Siemens Energy Management.

68. Carrefour

Carrefour became launched Europe’s first food blockchain.

69. Nestle

Nestle joined the Food Trust (IBM initiative of supply chain management to help track food from farm to table) to help tracking and traceability in their supply chain.

70. Anthem

“doc.ai Partners with Anthem to Introduce Groundbreaking, End-to-End Data Trial Powered by Artificial Intelligence on the Blockchain” reads news headlines.

71. Microsoft

Microsoft has been working diligently in the Blockchain space. Their Azure platform is quite an household name in the Blockchain industry.

72. Huawei Investment & Holding

Huawei launched their Cloud services on Blockchain. They even have a dedicated page that shows various service offerings connected to Blockchain on their site.

73. Petrobras

“Petrobas is conducting a study and designing scenarios for the [Blockchain] technology’s implementation” reads their official disclosure that was made in April 2018.

75. Bosch Group

Early in 2018, Bosch confirmed investment in IoTA (Internet of Things) project and disclosed their plans to explore Blockchain solutions.

76. Citigroup

In May of 2017 Citi announced that “Nasdaq and Citi Announce Pioneering Blockchain and Global Banking Integration”.

77. Banco Santander

“Santander becomes first UK bank to introduce blockchain technology for international payments with the launch of a new app” reads their site.

78. Hyundai Motor

While other companies are thinking about utilizing Blockchain, Hyundai beat them all by taking it to next level – they had their own Initial Coin Offering and issued HDAC Tokens which will be used on Hyundai’s own HDAC Blockchain.

79. Hitachi

“Hitachi has been developing unique additional functions for financial institutions, leveraging our past experience in building financial core systems along with expertise gained from research into technologies such as security and distributed data processing technologies” reads their blockchain section.

80. Comcast

Comcast believes that future will see world with multiple blockchain technologies serving different industries and needs. It has invested 3.3 million dollars of seed money in Blockdaemon, a NYC based startup.

81. Deutsche Telekom

“I’m convinced that the blockchain isn‘t hype. It’s a potentially revolutionary technology. It creates an incorruptible, decentralized ledger that automatically verifies and monitors identities, contracts and transactions.” says François Fleutiaux, member of the T-Systems Board of Management.

82. Credit Agricole

Crédit Agricole experimenting with Ripple blockchain money transfer technology.

83. ENEI

“The blockchain, even in its most common form (payment systems), could have an impact on Enel in the future considering that it has over 60 million customers and every day it is engaged in trading on the commodities market” according to the article on their company’s website.

84. SK Holdings

South Korean Telco SK Telecom will adopt blockchain into subscriptions and payments from consumers.

85. Softbank Group

SoftBank, Synchronoss and TBCASoft partner on a Proof of Concept for an RCS and blockchain-based mobile payments service.

88. Uniper

Uniper expects that Blockchain will help Energy companies immensely.

89. ENI

“The mechanism behind Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies will revolutionize the distribution and access to energy. Eni is on the front line…” read the title of an interesting article on their site.

90. HSBC Holdings

HSBC succesfully executed a transaction on R3 Corda’s blockchain platform.

91. China Communications Construction

“Xiongan, in partnership with a subsidiary of state-owned China Communications Construction Company, has launched a blockchain network for small businesses to raise capital, where business owners and other relevant parties can track project completion and money flow in an efficient and transparent manner” reads the news article.

92. IBM

IBM wants to be at the forefront of Blockchain revolution, it is bringing HyperLedger to businesses. It has already succesfully implemented Food Trust with Walmart and has a solid team to support companies that are looking to implement Hyperledger.

93. Dell Technologies.

Blockchain will not make sense for most use cases but for financial and health industries this could be a game changer, that was the essence of Dell CTO John Roese’s message.

94. Electricite De France

EDF is looking to bring the efficiencies of Blockchain to its business. It was also among the companies that joined Blockchain Energy Consortium along with Shell.

95. State Farm Insurance Cos.

State Farm is among the other insurance giants that is working with Plug and Play Insurance to leverage Blockchain’s capabilities to the insurance business.

97. Sony

Sony has applied for a patent to store digital files on Blockchain platforms called Distributed Rights Management (DRM) that could potentially disrupt industries making use of data such as movies, games, audio, academic data, etc., essentially disruption of all industries.

98. Sinochem Group

Sinochem Group has succesfully utilized Blockchain in its gasoline export.

100. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has had an positive outlook relating to emerging technologies. JLabs has had their eye on multiple new technology frontiers including blockchain.

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Elrond(ERD) Token Review

Would the modern magic of internet work if we were still using dial ups? If you are from the generation that doesn’t know what a dial up means, it looks like this:

AOL Dial Up Internet Connection Sound + You’ve Got Mail (America Online) 90’s

Take a walk down memory lane and listen to the AOL (America Online) Dial-up internet connection sound and the famous You’ve Got Mail. Subscribe to Adventures…

Essentially, it would take you 30 seconds to 3 minutes to connect to the internet and open a text email.

If you were to load the YouTube website at the 56kbps speeds (considered good in those early internet days), it would take you probably 20 minutes.

We tried to load YouTube at 56 kbps speeds and after 7 minutes we were still waiting for the page to load. Compare that to the broadband that loads YouTube in a split second.

You can test what it feels to browse at 56kbps here.

While it is quite an extreme and dramatic example, I think that is the closest you can come when you try to explain what Elrond is in comparison to Ethereum.

At its current state, Ethereum processes 15 transactions. Compare that to Elrond which processed 35000 transactions during the test net run.

Obviously, the test environment is different compared to the real world.

Ethereum 2.0 could solve some of Ethereum 1.0’s flaws with claims of 100,000 to Million TPS. That is something we have to wait and see.

OK, what is Elrond?

There have been at least 100 Ethereum killers on the market since the birth of Ethereum.  Ethereum (Classic) couldn’t kill Ethereum, so we are not sure others will.

What is Elrond

Ethereum currently has serious scalability and TPS issues. Listen to this clip where Vitalik admits that Ethereum 1.0 cannot scale.

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ICO prospectus: “Build scalable apps on Ethereum.” Mod: “Youre saying the concept of launching something that doesn’t scale then rebuilding it as something thats scalable was part of initial the plan.”Lubin: “We knew it wasn’t going to be scalable for sure.”Vitalik: *nods* pic.twitter.com/MBSFkQeugj

Ethereum 2.0 could be a whole another story.  However, it is not a reality at the time of this writing.

Elrond on the other hand already delivers on what Ethereum 2.0 is ‘aiming’ to.

In a somewhat hyped elevator pitch, Beniamin Mincu, CEO of Elrond, said that Elrond is a 1000x improvement over other protocols in the blockchain space.

In a nutshell, Elrond offers a high throughput blockchain ecosystem that makes use of sharding that ‘scales’ (adapts) with the demand put on the network.

This adaptive sharding helps Elrond to be efficient, secure, scalable and provide a high rate of TPS.

This is why Elrond boasts itself as A highly scalable, fast, and secure blockchain platform built for internet scale.”

ERD Scaling

What makes Elrond Special?

The strength of Elrond, in our opinion, is not in its novel or groundbreaking innovation.

It is in the simplicity of picking the ‘best’ of all the blockchain protocols that preceded and only solve the issues that these protocols failed to solve.

For instance, Elrond picks sharding from Zilliqa but makes it ‘adaptive’.  It picks interoperability from Cosmos and implements it at Virtual Machine level.   

Elrond says it as much in its whitepaper: “Elrond was designed upon and inspired by the ideas from Ethereum, Omniledger, Zilliqa, Algorand and ChainSpace.”

If we are to compare blockchain revolution to the internet, we have to assume that many companies will be replaced by newer solutions. 

Whether Elrond is that ‘next generation’ blockchain or if it will be eaten away by another project is something we have to wait and see.

For now, let’s focus on what Elrond promises that makes it special.

“1000x improvement” over its predecessors

“Elrond is a new blockchain architecture that can bring 1000x cumulative improvement in scalability, throughput, transaction speed and transaction cost,” that is how Beniamin Mincu, CEO of Elrond, explains the project.  

Scaling

Elrond promises to be able to ‘adapt’ to the scaling needs of the network.  The project uses what is called ‘adaptive sharding’.

For the technically inclined, here an excerpt from the whitepaper:

“Elrond proposes a dynamically adaptive sharding mechanism that enables shard computation and reorganizing based on necessity and the number of active network nodes. The reassignment of nodes in the shards at the beginning of each epoch is progressive and nondeterministic, inducing no temporary liveness penalties.”

Sharding is the process of breaking down a big problem into small ones to solve it faster.

Security

Elrond uses a modified version of Algorand’s Secured Proof of Stake concept.

Secure Proof of Stake randomizes the ‘selection of a node’ so that security is not compromised through 51% brute force.

Elrond goes one step further on this sPoS model where it introduces ‘stake and rating’ criteria to be even eligible to be randomly picked as a node.

Adaptive sharding is the ability to scale up or down the number of shards depending on the transaction at hand.

Obviously, that is a dumbed down English explanation of it, as we understood it.

This makes selection of nodes ‘random’ while taking meritocracy into consideration.

The rating is dynamic and is recalculated at the end of each execution.

ERD Token

Many investors in the crypto space don’t care what the project does if the tokenomics are weak.

  • Transaction fees

Elrond’s utility is acting as the ‘native’ token on the network to pay for the transactions. The more transactions that take place on the network the more Elrond will gain in demand.

  • Staking

Elrond offers crazy returns on staking. This means, there is a probability that many tokens will be locked out of circulation which could boast the price.

  • DApp Deployment

Like any other blockchain network, Elrond token acts as the ‘utility’ on the DApps deployed on the network.

  • Validator reward

Validators are rewarded for their work and Elrond token is used in disbursing these rewards.

Team

Crypto space is excited about the team that is involved in the Elrond project.

Just looking at the profiles of CEO, COO and CIO showcases that you are not dealing with a group of wannabes.

Elrond Team

The team brings in the right mix of technical prowess and business acumen.

Many blockchain projects either lack a strong technical forte or suck at running the business.  Elrond may not have that problem due its ‘experience mix’.

Partnerships and Integrations

This is one project that is making a lot of buzz in the past two months, with continuous updates and partnerships. Here are a few:

ERD and Indacoin

ERD and Indacoin

Indacoin is a fiat gateway with over 500K users which allows users to buy crypto with Visa or Mastercard using USD, GBP, EUR and many other currencies.

ERD and dfinance

elrond and dfinance

Elrond will work together with dfinance to enable users to build Elrond native assets as well as allow Elrond users to access DeFi platforms on dfinance.

ERD and LDV

Elrond and EDV

ERD tokens are now available on LDV, a Romanian crypto exchange and a fiat gateway. ERD/EURO and RON/ERD pairs will be available on the platform.

ERD and Crypto.com

elrond and crypto.com

Users of Crypto.com can now buy ERD token on their app. Crypto.com is considered one of the easiest modes of buying and selling crypto. With deposits and withdrawals of erd token enabled on crypto.com, the token is now available for over 3 million users of crypto.com

ERD and Utrust

Elrond integrated with one of the leading payment gateway for ecommerce, Utrust.

ERD and Swipe

Swipe partnership elrond

ERD is partnered and now available on swipe, a multi currency digital wallet. Swipe has over 500K users.

The other partnerships and integrations include Stateless Money, Staked, Moonpay, FinNexus, and many others.

Elrond is gaining traction fast and furious. Will it amass enough steam to surpass other blockchain protocols?  

We have to let the time answer that question.

ERD Token Metrics

ERD Token Metrics

Source: Elrond

*These token metrics are about to change after the EGLD swap.

Some pump and dump chat

You will notice that Elrond is showcased on the Samsung official video introducing Samsung Blockchain.

Samsung Blockchain wallet elrond

First and foremost thing everyone is excited about is its mainnet launch. 

We believe the rise in price is not just because of its mainnet launch, but also the high staking rewards that are expected to yield after the mainnet launch. 

With over 5 Billion ERD tokens already staked during the testnet, it is possible that more users will stake their tokens for passive income.

Risk factors

Late to the party, not to the town!

There are a lot of blockchain platforms in the blockchain space. Many promise sun and the moon with 100K to a million transactions per second.  

Most of these promises are just that as of now, promises.

Elrond is late to this TPS race, however, it could do what others have failed: Actually live up to its claims on the Main net.

In this sense, Elrond is late to the TPS party but it is not late to ‘make a mark’ for itself in the blockchain town.

More advanced projects in the space

What happens when Ethereum addresses its TPS issues, scalability aspects and makes it incredibly easy for people to launch DApps?

Ethereum already has a massive penetration in the space that it could leverage.

Beyond Ethereum, there are other projects like Zilliqa that could pose stiff competition to projects like Elrond.

And, do not forget Cardano, a project that is preparing its arsenal for a hostile takeover of the crypto space.

What is a head in Elrond’s Roadmap

Elrond Roadmap

Source: Elrond

Elrond Swap

ERD to eGLD

With the launch of Elrond Mainnet, Elrond token (ERD) will be swapped for Elrond Gold (EGLD), at a 1000:1 ratio. Simply put if you hold 10,000 ERD tokens, it will be swapped into 10 EGLD. In terms of price, if the current price of one ERD is $0.024, the price of 1 EGLD (*1000ERD) will be $24.
Elrond has garnered quite a lot of buzz before the mainnet, now it all comes to how the project is going to progress beyond mainnet.

How to swap ERD

As per their official Telegram channel, exchanges are making preparations to support Elrond swap to Elrond Gold.  The tokens will be swapped in about 30-60 days and the ERD(ERC20, BEP2) will be replace with eGLD. Check with your exchange and look out for communication about the swap support. Till then, ERD trading will run as it is over the exchanges.

Pros of Elrond Token Swap

The swap is expected to reduce the current total volume of 21 Billion ERD tokens to 20 million eGLD and to 30 million over the next ten years which in theory should make the coins dearer.  How this will work in reality is something we have to wait and see. Case in point but in reverse is VeChain, which was trading at $9 before the swap at the ratio of 1:100 and the price dropped so low that it has not yet recovered.

Cons of Elrond Token Swap

In our opinion, it is easy for a coin to jump from 1 cent to 2 cents and 2 cents to 4 cents, however, there is a psychological barrier from investors to let a coin trading at $20 to move to $60. However, if you see from a percentage, the underlying gains are the same. 1 cent to 4 cents is a 400% jump, however, it will take a lot for a $20 to jump to $80. If Elrond proves its value in the blockchain space then the project may pump in spite of the denomination.
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VIDT Review, use cases, future prediction

What follows is the byproduct of our research on whether or not V-ID is a good project.  

We have a tendency to FOMO, so read everything with a grain of salt and always DYOR.

What is V-ID?

Anything digital can be altered. How then can you be confident about the authenticity of the digital files you are dealing with?

“V-ID is a blockchain powered document certification service. The VIDT API enables organisations to certify and secure their digital data against fraud and manipulation.”

You can tag digital files using V-ID and anyone around the world can verify its authenticity by simply using V-IDs free checker.

If any information is changed within the file, V-ID flags it.

This technology has an immediate use case in the real world to fight digital frauds. Especially in dealing with:

  • Invoices
  • Scientific papers
  • Contracts
  • Official documents
  • Diplomas/certificates
  • Data from Internet of Things

Watch this quick video to learn about V-ID.

Introduction to VIDT V-ID Blockchain Powered Validation

The V-ID validation service uses blockchain technology to end all document fraud. Our client base, with customers like Airbus Space & Defence, operates in va…

Take a simple example of purported crypto ‘recommendation reports’ that float on the internet. How do you know they are what subscribers were given?

How can you be sure that the document is not manipulated by someone to ‘alter the buy up to and sell at’ prices?

In this simple situation, using V-ID, one could verify the authenticity of the document.

In a world of Deep Fakes, a solution like V-ID can be a lifesaver.

How big is the problem that V-ID solves? 

According to the Javelin Strategy report, Identity fraud cost $16.8 Billion dollars in 2019 alone.  

Obviously this includes credit card and account takeover frauds. However, when a solution like V-ID becomes integrated, there is an opportunity to curb these identity thefts as well.

Fraud Detection and Prevention which was valued at $17.33 billion is expected to grow at an 18% (CAGR) rate from 2019 to 2025.

The more diverse our technology becomes with the advent of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Augmented Reality and reliance on smart mobile devices, the more we grow vulnerable to fraud.

In our opinion, the fraud space is only going to grow bigger and faster.  

V-ID has an opportunity to place itself as a reliable solution by leveraging the blockchain’s resilience.

VIDT Technology

Source: V-ID

Using V-ID

Any solution’s success will depend on its ‘ease-of-use’. We tested the V-ID ‘certification’ to get a taste of the platform.

When we scanned the QR code of the document, it took us straight to the document where we could easily verify that it was indeed ‘authentic’.

The ease at which you can verify someone’s credentials, certifications, diplomas, etc., is simply awesome.

Users can verify the authenticity of other documents through their free online checker. Obviously, the company has to be signed up with V-ID for the documents to be ‘stamped’ on blockchain.

V-ID promises verification in 5 seconds.  Here is a video that shows how the verification works.

VIDT V-ID verification live demo

The V-ID validation service uses blockchain technology to end all document fraud. Our client base, with customers like Airbus Space & Defence, operates in va…

All in all, the concept behind V-ID is quite simple and easy to use.  

This ease of use accompanied by an amazing use case is what forms the basis for blockchain’s adoption.  The tool makes you forget about the blockchain altogether.

Does V-ID need Blockchain?

Yes. We think V-ID has a blockchain use case.

When it comes to providing a hack-resistant environment and resiliency to the underlying system, blockchain really shines.

The V-ID makes use of blockchain the backend without inundating the end users with the intricacies of ‘how blockchain works’ is quite admirable.

“Currently V-ID offers anchoring in Ethereum, Bitcoin, IBM Hyperledger, Fantom, LTO Network, Digibyte and Binance Chain.” 

For V-ID, in our opinion, Blockchain is not just a fancy jargon to allure people to the project but rather it is a smart technology choice to meet the business objectives.

Team

Vidt Team

Source: VIDT

Marnix van den Berg, Founder & CEO, has over 17 years of experience.  He is supported by 3 other Founders on the project.

Pim Voets is the Founder and Lead Concept Design, Ceciel van Helden is the Founder and Lead Programmer, Wico van Helden is one of the Founder.  

The teams section of the website shows about 9 team members and 6 advisors, including Chris Robinson, Ex-CTO of American Express.  

Just between the 4 founding members have a combined experience of over 70 years. Wico van Helden has hands-on experience in taking a company IPO.

Progress, Case-studies and traction

V-ID has been associated with many brands.  They showcase few case studies on their website:

VIDT Case study

AMSPEC is using the V-ID technology to verify the authenticity of their inspection reports

How AmSpec protects data integrity with V-ID

Amspec has started to utilise V-ID blockchain validation technology to protect the authenticity of their inspection reports. This means that recipients of a …

V-ID made history by bringing 17th Century Rembrandt to the blockchain.  This verification was made possible with CMS Law acting as notary, collaboration with Duowes Fine Arts and V-ID.  

VIDT Rembrandt on chain – V-ID collaboration with Douwes Fine Art and CMS

For the first time, V-ID’s validation platform, known for securing digital files against manipulation, extends its activities into the physical world, by val…

V-ID is bringing certificates and diplomas onto the blockchain.  To this end V-ID has collaborated with NYENRODE and HBO Drechtsteden.

V-ID successfully installed the first IBM Watson-connected IOE sensor with V-ID data anchoring.  

IBM & V-ID install first IoE sensor on IBM NL headquarters’ roof

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V-ID partners with Caltrix Consultancy to offer a tailored solution for any financial organisation to comply with KYC/AML challenges. 

LTO Network and V-ID entered into a partnership by rolling out an immediately applicable, GDPR-compliant blockchain solution for companies and governments. 

This alliance allows for any party to verify the authenticity of the diamond using the certificate, and the authenticity of the certificate using the V-ID service.

The brands with which V-ID has worked with and the diversity of the projects they have been involved in bring a lot of confidence in this project, in our opinion.

Price – Revenue Model

Companies need cash flow to sustain and grow. It is important to have a revenue plan for the company to thrive.

V-ID offers 3 different pricing options that you can see below.

VIDT Price chart

Euro 2 per file may seem like a big deal but companies have the option to use the verification only for sensitive documents.

For example, on invoices or contracts, to ensure authenticity.  

Challenges to consider

Icon Latest UpdatesOne of our favorite projects, ICON, also rolled out the Broof concept which helps organizations verify certification.

Blockchain projects, like ICON, with existing capabilities could potentially ‘extend’ their solutions in the verification arena.  This could pose stiff competition.

The verification problem is so big that it can accommodate more than one player, however, the more players you have the more it dilutes the upside potential.

What Blockchain identity verification will not solve!

Demand for counterfeits

When all is said and done, counterfeits exist because they have market demand.  Without demand a product doesn’t sustain long.

There are millions of people who want to experience luxury on budget, by choice or because of lack of choice.

The projects like V-ID cannot solve the counterfeit market for those who specifically seek them out.  

However, the project does solve the ‘authenticity assurance’ demand for people who are paying the full price for the genuine product.

Market for ‘copies’

Digital products have an amazing advantage which is its major flaw and that is: it can be replicated without much effort.

If someone is deliberately seeking out for a pirated copy of something, there is so little you can do.

VIDT, Coinmarketcap and where to buy and sell?

V-ID Blockchain has its own native crypto with ticker symbol: VIDT.

We have to specify this because there is another project on coinmarketcap with VID symbol and we had few folks who seemed to be confused.

At the time of this writing, VIDT was ranked at 224.

At this time, you can buy and sell VIDT at KuCoin.

In conclusion

Blockchain finds a great ‘real-life’ business use case in V-ID.  

The association of the project, even if indirectly, with big brands like IBM, AirBus and more is just a testament to the viability of this solution.

While it may be possible for other projects to try and emulate the V-ID solution, the focus and dedication of the V-ID team could put up a mighty fight, in our opinion.

Ultimately, the problem of fraud is quite big and could easily accommodate success of multiple players.

In the end, we are coming to the same opinion about V-ID that Chris Robinson, ex-CTO of American Express, did and that is “V-ID is a rare combination of 3 things — A great idea in a large and almost green space market. A company with a proven track record and real-world customers. And, finally, an exceptionally high quality team and advisors.

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What a week for the crypto bulls to come out!

Bitcoin performed exceptionally well and all the hibernating Crypto bulls spewed their predictions all over the internet.  

The hype frenzy was quite unreal and we are worried about the newbies that might buy into the hype and get in at the peak.

While most hypers were hibernating, we are keeping our calm and tracking the crypto space for the past 4 years.

If you want to see all that contributed (and continues to contribute) to the Blockchain, Bitcoin and crypto adoption – you just have to see the most important news since 2017.

In the spirit of continuing the tradition of keeping up with what matters, let’s dive into this week’s digest!

Brave and Guardian bring Firewall and VPN to iOS

brave-logoBrave Privacy browser that supports the Basic Attention Token (BAT) has partnered with Guardian to bring Firewall and VPN capabilities to the Brave Browser on iOS platform. In an announcement, Brave team disclosed that “with this partnership, the companies are integrating their technologies to enable the fastest, safest, most private Web browsing experience. Brave now offers Brave Firewall + VPN, available for download from the App Store. This partnership allows people to take back control of their own data, browse the Web, and use their apps more safely and securely.”

Ledger market data breach

Ledger Nano S reviewUnauthorized third party access using an API Key has compromised the contact and order details at Ledger.  A total of 1 Million email addresses might have been compromised. According to the official statement “Contact and order details were involved. This is mostly the email address of our customers, approximately 1M addresses. Further to investigating the situation we have also been able to establish that, for a subset of 9500 customers were also exposed, such as first and last name, postal address, phone number or ordered products. Due to the scope of this breach and our commitment to our customers, we have decided to inform all of our customers about this situation.”

Coinbase explores [more] new digital Assets

coinbase best exchangeCoinbase is exploring more digital assets to add to their platform.  These 19 digital assets include, as per the official post,  Ampleforth, Band Protocol, Balancer, Blockstack, Curve, Fetch.ai, Flexacoin, Helium, Hedera Hashgraph, Kava, Melon, Ocean Protocol, Paxos Gold, Reserve Rights, tBTC, The Graph, THETA, UMA, and WBTC. Obviously, there is no guarantee that all of these tokens are going to be added but it is quite interesting to see some of the good projects making the list.

Putin signs Crypto bill into law

Russia just passed a bill that will allow the companies in Russia to issue digital assets as long as they seek and procure approval from the Bank of Russia.  According to Reuters (translated) “They can be an object of collateral, purchase and sale transactions, exchange of one type of digital asset for another. At the same time, CFAs are not and are not recognized as a means of payment.”

SEC Wants to Start Scrutinizing Binance Chain Transactions

sec crypto regulations“The Contracting Officer has determined that CipherTrace Inc., is the only source that can reasonably meet the SEC’s requirement […].  CipherTrace products are the only known blockchain forensics and risk intelligence tool that can support the Binance coin (BNB) and all tokens on the Binance network.,” read the official statement issued by the SEC.  This makes it clear that the transactions that people have conducted on Binance assuming they are ‘immune’ from the US government’s scrutiny are going to be surprised by what follows.

Cardano mainnet launched

cardano staking newsCardano has successfully launched its mainnet and introduced its ‘Staking’ phase ‘Shelley’. The entire crypto community has been eagerly waiting for the launch and has received the upgrade quite positively with Cardano (ADA) price coasting at 13 cents. Generally, when the community is not happy with the upgrades and mainnet launch, it tends to show in the negative price action. The stabilizing price movement indicates that the Cardano community has welcomed the mainnet launch.

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