Quant Network partner with SIA, A Game Changer For Mass Blockchain Adoption by Financial Institutions

About SIA:

SIA is European leader in the design, creation and management of technology infrastructures and services for Financial Institutions, Central Banks, Corporates and the Public Sector, in the areas of payments, cards, network services and capital markets. SIA Group provides its services in over 50 countries, and also operates through its subsidiaries in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary and South Africa. The company also has branches in Belgium and the Netherlands, and representation offices in the UK and Poland.

  • In 2018, SIA managed 14 billion institutional services transactions, 7.2 billion card transactions, 3 billion payments, 51.7 billion financial transactions and carried 1,204 terabytes of data on the network.
  • SIA supported the launch of the new Samsung Pay payment system, and also Alipay and WeChat Pay payment service were activated. Furthermore, the offering of terminals has been enriched with the Android-based smartPOS line, making value-added services available to consumers and merchants.
  • In 2018, SIA confirmed its role as key technology partner to the London Stock Exchange Group and at the end of 2018, 44 trading venues operating in Europe and the United States were connected to SIA’s “Financial Ring” which enables financial intermediaries to access, via a single high-speed, low-latency network infrastructure, the main international stock markets using date centers in Milan, Rome, London, Frankfurt, and New York.

An Alternative to SWIFT

The Eurosystem (compromises of the European Central Bank (ECB) and 19 National Central banks that are using the Euro such as the central banks of Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland etc.) operates the financial market infrastructure for the settlement of payments (TARGET2), TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS) and securities (TARGET2-Securities, or T2S). These platforms form the backbone of the European financial market.

SIAChain

SIAChain is not a blockchain itself. It is a private infrastructure covering Europe consisting of 570 supernodes within SIAnet. SIAChain was created by SIA to develop, in a secure and protected manner, innovative Blockchain applications based on Distributed Ledger Technology.

The partnership aims to integrate Quant Network’s blockchain operating system Overledger into the SIAchain infrastructure to enable interoperability, one of the biggest challenges and unmet needs faced by the financial industry to develop and implement blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology based applications spanning different technologies.

Banks need blockchain Interoperability

Towards the end of 2017 SIA announced a Partnership with R3 a banking consortium utilising their Corda platform. Members of the consortium consist of banks such as Bank of America, Barclays, BBVA, BNP Paribas, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, National Australia Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scotiabank, Société Générale, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Toronto-Dominion Bank, U.S. Bancorp, UBS, UniCredit and Wells Fargo

Overledger bringing blockchain interoperability immediately to all 570 Banks / Trading partners

The really important thing to understand with this partnership is that SIA will be integrating Overledger into SIAChain. They already have built the network, deployed supernodes at all their customers sites and already have loads of banks using various blockchain applications. With this partnership they now can utilise Overledger to benefit from blockchain interoperability with just 3 lines of code and less than 8 minutes.

Spunta Banca

SIAchain was selected for the operational testing of the “Spunta Banca” project — coordinated by ABI Lab, the research and innovation center promoted by the Italian Banking Association — based on blockchain technology that involved 18 Italian banks performing a proof of concept with excellent results. This has now progressed to technical tests with 200 banks and 200 million data items for a year before going into production.

FINSEC Project funded by Horizon 2020

FINSEC, (Integrated Framework for Predictive and Collaborative Security of Financial Infrastructures), is a flagship project which will develop, demonstrate and bring to market an integrated, intelligent, collaborative and predictive approach to the security of critical infrastructures in the financial sector. FINSEC will provide a blueprint for the next generation security systems for the critical infrastructures of the financial sector.

Game Changer for Quant Network and for Blockchain Mass Adoption by Financial Institutions

This is a game changer for Quant. SIA are integrating Overledger into the leading financial private network in Europe enabling blockchain interoperability to all of its 570 Banks, Central Banks, Stock Exchanges, Trading venues etc immediately. Not having to spend years rolling our infrastructure / software, they can all benefit today.

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