South Korean information technology giant presented a new distributed ledger solution, aiming to promote the adoption of the blockchain technology.

Samsung SDS, the  IT unit of Samsung, has announced the launch of Nexledger, a new blokchain-based digital platform targeted at enterprises and businesses. The system was unveiled during the company’s press conference at its headquarters in Seoul.

According to Korean Herald, the platform is a cost-efficient solution that will allow users to securely exchange data and conduct financial transactions.

“In developing our blockchain platform, we thought hard about how to merge our strengths and know-how from our system integration service expertise with the advantages of blockchain technology,” said Song Kwang-woo, vice president of finance consulting and distributed ledger technology at Samsung SDS.

“We believe blockchain technology will have the greatest impact among businesses that involve a large number of data exchanges,” he added.

Song Kwang-woo, vice president of finance consulting and distributed ledger technology at Samsung SDS, introduces the company's new blockchain technology platform named Nexledger at a press conference held at the Samsung SDS headquarters in southeastern Seoul, Thursda, April 06, 2017. Photo: Samsung SDS

Song Kwang-woo, vice president of finance consulting and distributed ledger technology at Samsung SDS, introduces the company’s new blockchain technology platform named Nexledger at a press conference held at the Samsung SDS headquarters in southeastern Seoul, Thursda, April 06, 2017. Photo: Samsung SDS

Nexledger can be used not only by financial corporations, but in other industries as well. “Blockchain technologies are expected to be adopted by public organizations, manufacturing and logistics businesses as well as financial institutions. They can also improve internet of things (IoT) services, intellectual property management, distribution channel control and cooperative work projects.”

The blockchain technology is predicted to transform the financial services industry. It provides a transparent and secure way of managing the transfer of assets between entities on a large scale. Unlike traditional server systems, blockchain distributes financial data to all clients, what prevents the risk of fraud.

Samsung has also revealed new digital identification and digital payment services powered by the distributed ledger technology. The company has applied its biometric solution Nexsign to enable participants access different financial services with a single authentication.

Samsung SDS began the development of the blockchain technology two years ago, when it established its own division focused on the distributed ledger technology. In 2016, the company invested in South Korean blockchain startup Blocko, which already worked with Samsung to apply Nexledger platform to Samsung Card.

Samsung SDS and Blocko have already created a membership authentication service using its blockchain digital identity platform and are going to launch a blockchain digital point swap system for Samsung Card members in the near future.

Last year, Samsung SDS joined Hyperledger Project to take part in the development of a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers. The global initiative unites leaders in banking, IoT, finance, manufacturing, technology, supply chains, and other sectors.

According to Samsung SDS, it will take some time until the blockchain technology is widely used by corporations across different sectors, although its presence will increase in the upcoming years.

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