These are exciting times for blockchain technology. Barclays, a world-renowned bank, and Wave, one of their accelerator graduates, conducted a live test of distributed ledger technology. A Live Letter of Credit transaction was performed and completed.This is a significant validation of blockchain technology.
Wave is a company dedicated to bringing distributed ledgers to the financial sector. Ever since being part of Barclays’ accelerator programme, the startup has been exploring new use cases. Two regions are targeted for these concepts, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. This is not surprising, as Barclays is a big player in both countries.
Barclays Is Excited About Wave and Their Blockchain
To be more precise, Wave focuses on combining documents with blockchain technology. Mainly trade documents are being used, as those are often prone to human error. Moreover, it is easy to forge transport documents these days. Distributed ledgers will make all of those concerns go away. Moreover, this approach will be beneficial to international trade over the coming years.
Barclays took an immediate liking to Wave due to the potential for cutting costs. Courier costs alone are quite expensive for the bank. Moreover, completing end-to-end trade finance transactions take several days right