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Top tier banks pass first transactions on Batavia platform

Thursday 19 April 2018 | 12:52 PM CET

Batavia, a blokchain-based trade finance platform developed by a consortium of international banks and IBM, has passed its first live pilot transactions with corporate clients.

Jointly developed by Bank of Montreal (BMO), CaixaBank, Commerzbank, Erste Group, IBM and UBS, the initial transactions on Batavia included the trading of cars from Germany to Spain and textiles for furniture production from Austria to Spain.

Batavia encompasses both the closing of trade agreements and the execution of smart payments, which can be automatically triggered by specified events in the supply chain and recorded in the blockchain.

The platform is able to integrate track and trace key events in the supply chain and signals from IoT devices about the location and condition of goods in transit.

He says the Batavia project is looking to enter a new phase focused on the building out of a production-ready solution. This may include joining forces with fintechs, financial institutions or other innovation leaders in the market.

The paper-intensive trade finance process is viewed as ready-made for the application of blockchain technology. Earlier this week India's Icici bank announced that it had successfully onboarded more than 250 corporate customers to a custom-developed blockchain platform for domestic and international trade finance.

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