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Blockchain platform developed for mobility-as-a-service

Sony has announced the development of a blockchain-based common database as part of a challenge proposed by Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

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The platform can record and share anonymised travel history and revenue allocation
The platform can record and share anonymised travel history and revenue allocation

Sony Corporation has announced the development of a blockchain-based common database platform to help facilitate mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) solutions.

 

It follows Sony’s participation in a blockchain challenge from the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

 

MaaS challenge

 

MaaS relies on providing users with information regarding optimal routes to desired destinations and recommended multi-modal transportation services. Typically, it presents details including the route, required time and total cost, and covers the entire process from booking to clearing.

 

Sony’s Blockchain Common Database (BCDB) uses high-speed data-processing to enable more than seven million users per day to record and share anonymised travel history and revenue allocation.

 

A verification test was conducted on the BCDB as part of the Netherlands MaaS initiative. It was able to meet the ministry’s required specifications and claims to be the industry’s first project to successfully realise the recording and sharing of large-scale movement history and revenue allocation by using blockchain technology for MaaS.

 

BCDB has made it possible to record and share information in a distributed ledger of the blockchain among various transportation operators, transaction processors and MaaS service providers, making it possible to utilise information with reliability and transparency and deploy it as a service.

BCDB, as a decentralised information platform, may contribute to the improvement of travel efficiency and measures for future smart city plans by analysing and utilising movement records and revenue allocation.

In Europe, many organisations, including the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, are implementing measures to promote MaaS involving multiple transportation operators, such as promoting open data on transportation and decentralised data management.

 

BCDB, as a decentralised information platform, may contribute to the improvement of travel efficiency and measures for future smart city plans by analysing and utilising movement records and revenue allocation.

 

Other applications

 

BCDB, which underwent real testing during the Blockchain Challenge Programme, has scalability and is being calibrated for even faster data-processing so that it can be used by transportation operators in large cities. In addition, BCDB is not limited to MaaS, and can be expected to be applied to the recording and sharing of various forms of sensor data related to the development of smart cities.

 

The Sony Group is expanding the application of blockchain technology in diverse areas including education and digital content rights. It is also engaged in the development of virtual currency hardware wallet technology using integrated circuit cards to provide convenient and secure private key management for all blockchain related services.

 

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