The Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) has built a blockchain-based asset management system in partnership with IBM.
That project, which officially launched in October, has been used to conduct more than 100 live transactions, the bank said earlier this week. Relying on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain, the system enables PSBC to track the direction of investments, with smart contracts being used to check compliance with the agreements underpinning those investments.
The bank, founded in the mid-2000s, specializes in retail commercial banking. According to The Wall Street Journal, PSBC – which raised $7.4bn when it went public in September – serves more than half a billion customers and runs more than 40,000 branches across China.
According to those involved with the initiative, the use of blockchain eliminates the need to conduct multiple credit verifications for a prospective customer, thereby reducing operational processing times by as much as 80%.
Simply put, the tech helps the bank trust the information it is receiving.
An IBM representative explained to CoinDesk:
“Previously, the investment direction was completed by each participant independently, without a unanimous judgement standard. With the adoption of blockchain, decisions are now made on the basis of unified standard. This solves the mutual trust issue among multiple participants.”
The partnership is the latest high-profile blockchain initiative in China for IBM.
In October, IBM unveiled a blockchain pilot developed in conjunction with global retail giant Walmart and Beijing’s Tsinghua University focused on supply chains for pork products. The firm is also working with China UnionPay, a domestic credit card processor, to create a blockchain-based system for trading customer loyalty points.
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