The banks of the world are taking a page from cryptocurrency. Nine of the world’s biggest financial institutions have partnered with FinTech company R3 to develop distributed ledger technologies—the same technologies that underpin Bitcoin’s block chain.
“Our bank partners recognize the promise of distributed ledger technologies and their potential to transform financial market technology platforms where standards must be secure, scalable and adaptable,” said R3 CEO David Rutter in a press release.
So far, Barclays, BBVA, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, State Street, Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS have been named as participants in the block chain scheme, but more banks are expected to join the list soon. In addition to collaborating on the underlying technologies, the group plans to establish consistent standards and protocols in order to encourage broader adoption of distributed/shared ledgers.
According to Reuters, the venture’s initial focus will be deciding on an underlying architecture, as it hasn’t yet been determined if Bitcoin’s block chain will be used, or if the group will extrapolate from a different framework.