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IBM joins efforts to create the blockchain equivalent of "Yellow Pages"




Do you remember the huge yellow books everyone gathered at the door? If you thought they were gone and buried, think again. Someone makes the blockchain equivalent and IBM has just joined.

IBM has just announced that it has joined a project to deliver a catalog-based platform of blockchains and blockchain-based companies.

The project, known as the Unbounded Registry, is being led by the blockchain development company HACERA. The news coincides with the official launch of the register and makes IBM a founding member.

According to its mission statement, HACERA seeks to establish a "decentralized cross-blockchain registry that brings legitimate and unauthorized blockchains through a directory of blockchain networks."

This would effectively create a platform that allows interoperability across different blockchains so that they can interact and perform transactions independently of specific protocols. It is perhaps best viewed as a kind of catalog.

"As the number of blockchain consortia, networks, and applications continues to grow, we need a means to list them and make them known to the world to unlock the power of blockchain." Jerry Cuomo, Vice President Blockchain Technologies of IBM. "The Unbounded Registry, based on Blockchain technology, provides a decentralized ability to enroll, search, link and transact through a variety of blockchain solutions that are compatible with all major common Ledger technologies."

Cuomo characterizes the project as a kind of "yellow pages" of Blockchain.

As with other approved blockchain systems, members must apply to join the registry.

IBM and HACERA have not yet announced the specific participation criteria for this registration. However, if HACERA really tries to solve the interoperability challenge, then it would make sense to join as many blockchains as possible.

Hard Fork contacted HACERA to clarify how a blockchain can become part of the registry. We will update this piece as we learn it.

Published on September 13, 2018 – 16:08 UTC


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