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Distributed Ledger Technology For Swiss Financial Market From SIX Securities Services & Digital Asset
SIX Securities Services, the post-trade infrastructure operator for the #Swiss #financial sector, and Digital Asset Holdings, a developer of #distributed #ledger #technology for the financial #services industry, announced plans to develop a proof of concept that will demonstrate the commercial viability of distributed ledger technology across the Swiss financial #market, with an initial prototype for . The two firms will also develop a roadmap for future opportunities spanning the whole market infrastructure value chain.
SIX #Securities Services recognizes the potential of distributed ledger technology and after a competitive evaluation process has selected #Digital #Asset as the business and technology partner for the design of a solution for the Swiss market. The initial phase of the project will demonstrate the ability to build and incorporate distributed, encrypted, straight through processing tools into existing securities transaction flows, and propose a roadmap for extending this to a production-ready service.
The proof of concept will extend beyond the scope of the prototype, and Digital Asset will develop a product roadmap for future opportunities to include a wide range of applications that demonstrate how current, segregated processes could be streamlined and made more efficient for SIX Securities Services and post-trade ecosystem as a whole.
SIX Securities Services has already made significant strides in exploring distributed ledger technologies and currently has a prototype for Corporate Actions processing on display at Sibos, in Geneva #from 26-29 September, 2016.
According to Thomas Zeeb, Division CEO SIX Securities Services: «Distributed ledger technology and its potential role in post trading is key to our business. We need to understand it, and more importantly, its applicability and future flexibility in order to keep ahead of the game. Partnering with Digital Asset is a way to accelerate our own development plans and leverage their experience in this area.»
«Partnering with SIX brings this cutting edge technology another step closer to commercial reality,” said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset. “We believe this collaboration will provide exciting opportunities for SIX and its customers while reducing inefficiency, cost and risk in the financial services ecosystem.»
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A team of PwC’s specialists in DLT and testing worked alongside the #Bank to design and carry out a #Proof of #Concept to investigate the capability of #distributed #ledger #technology – which creates a single shared view of transactions, allowing every participant simultaneous access to a shared view of information.
The Proof of Concept was built to explore the potential opportunities and challenges of using DLT for payments settlement.
Nick Bouch, financial services data leader and partner at PwC, said:
“This is a significant piece of work and PwC are very excited to have been able to support the Bank in developing their first DLT Proof of Concept, which will enable the Bank to gain a better awareness of DL from both a technology and policy perspective.”
Rob Elsey, Chief Information Officer for the Bank of #England, said:
“This Proof of Concept brought to life the core features of distributed ledgers, greatly enhancing the Bank’s understanding of DLT. With PwC’s support, the Bank’s developers used the latest techniques and software to deliver this POC and have gained further skills that will enable additional rapid Proof of Concepts in the future.”