Press Release

Kaleido reaches key milestones with komgo and UnionBank

Blockchain-Based Financial Networks are Maturing and Seeing Real Benefits, Spanning across Domestic Remittance, Cross Border Payments, and Trade Finance Use Cases

By ConsenSys

September 23, 2019

London, UK ​– ConsenSys-backed ​Kaleido​ shares at SIBOS this week how leaders in financial services have moved past blockchain proofs of concept and pilots, and are achieving real results in production, powered by Kaleido’s blockchain business cloud.

One significant proof-point of blockchain’s viability for trade and finance is komgo, ​a blockchain-based commodity trade and finance network ​between the world’s largest banks, oil majors, traders, and certification companies​. komgo achieved a ​significant milestone​ this July and August, executing a half a billion francs of commodity trade finance transactions related to shipments of crude oil from the North Sea, according to Tribune de Geneve.

komgo​ started with 15 core members including Citi, ING, Koch Supply & Trading, MUFG Bank, ABN Amro, Societe Generale, Credit Agricole Group, BNP Paribas, Shell and others. ​”We are in full acceleration,” states Souleima Baddi, komgo CEO. “It’s a unique adventure to be able to transform an industry that has changed little for centuries. ” By 2020, komgo anticipates to serve 50 regular customers.

Project i2i​, a blockchain-based payment network spearheaded by UnionBank and others to connect rural community banks in the Philippines, successfully grew its network from 6 participating banks in 2018 to 31 financial institutions with 153 branches and 252,800 accounts. It has facilitated over 575 transactions amounting to 79.2 Php million. ​Importantly, the savings achieved on a single domestic remittance have been equivalent to a week’s worth of food for ‘unbanked’ families.

Project i2i’s network achieved Philippines central bank approval (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) this spring and ​is on pace to have over 400 rural banks and over 2,500 branches in the region onboard by next year. Further building on the i2i platform this summer, ​UnionBank issued its own stablecoin, PHX, pegged to the Philipino peso and backed by UnionBank reserves. UnionBank used blockchain-based tokenized fiat to successfully remit from OCBC Bank in Singapore to an account holder at Cantilan Bank, a rural bank in Surigao Del Sur.

To accelerate these and other enterprise blockchain networks, ​Kaleido​, in collaboration with ​ConsenSys and ​Amazon Web Services (AWS)​ and ​Microsoft’s Azure,​ offers the only production-ready, consortium-level cross-region hybrid deployment platform that caters to diverse needs world-wide.

“As enterprise blockchain deployments mature, they depend on having an easy and cost effective way to onboard new members and scale. Privacy and governance concerns are paramount for enterprise networks,” says Steve Cerveny, Founder and CEO of Kaleido.

To help support rapidly advancing blockchain business use cases, Kaleido ​announced last week​ the inclusion of advanced cryptography to provide the extra levels of privacy that clients are requesting as their networks and use cases mature. Toon Leijtens, CTO of ​komgo​, explains, “A challenge for blockchain networks is the protection of private information on the ledger. Zero-knowledge proofs offer a potential solution for this by allowing a party to verify the accuracy of a statement without conveying the actual information in the statement.”

Today, Kaleido shares two more capabilities to advance the maturity of blockchain networks.
As networks scale, they need mechanisms that allow for larger sets of blockchain ‘validators.’ Kaleido has added the ‘rotating signers’​ service as an elegant way to allow participation of more than 15 members.

Business consortiums also need better ways to govern the digital smart contracts where the business logic is executed. Kaleido is launching new smart contract management capabilities that allow for auditing, controls and consortia-level visibility of the smart contracts running on the network.

Organizations and developers can start the blockchain journey by exploring and running proof of concepts on Kaleido’s ​free starter plan​ and add capabilities as their projects grow.

About Kaleido:
Kaleido, a ConsenSys Enterprise Business, is an award-winning full-stack SaaS platform for building and running live blockchain networks, dedicated to making blockchain radically simple for organizations to adopt so that our societies will fully benefit from decentralized models and new trust systems. Kaleido is collaborating with cloud leaders Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services to offer its Blockchain Business Cloud in one native experience, with hybrid deployment and dedicated blockchain marketplace to accelerate the entire enterprise journey from exploration, proof of concepts and pilots to live production business networks. For more information, visit ​www.kaleido.io​.

About ConsenSys:
ConsenSys is a blockchain company dedicated to transforming the world’s digital architecture toward a more open, inclusive, and secure internet of value, commonly called Web3. With a more trustworthy internet architecture, ConsenSys is helping enterprises and governments unlock new business models and value, gain efficiencies through a shared IT infrastructure, and utilize modern cryptographic methods to safeguard private user data. Through our unique global business comprised of a ​startup incubator​, Enterprise Ethereum​ ​consulting arm, and ​investment fund​, ConsenSys is building for the decentralized future. Fore more information, please visit ​www.consensys.net​.