Another Permissioned Blockchain Patent By Bank Of America
Financial institutions are paying close attention to the blockchain. Bank of America was recently awarded a patent related to letting users access a certain blockchain network. A remarkable development which brings the financial sector closer to incorporating distributed ledgers in an official capacity.
One of the largest commercial banking institutions located in the United States. The bank does business with customers all across the world through a variety of financial transactions. The company acquired Merrill Lynch in 2008 during the global credit crisis.
The Bank of America Blockchain Patent
Various use cases for blockchain exist in the financial sector. Bank of America is working on managing security and access to resources using a distributed validating network. While a rather broad application of distributed ledger technology, it confirms BoA is serious about this particular implementation.
To put this into perspective, the patent will offer validated permission to certain users and the system can be completely automated. As such, the network in question will be responsible for granting access as well as tracking all user activity.
It is not the first time Bank of America has filed a blockchain patent. The financial firm has been working on such patents for quite some time now. No real-world use cases exist for any of their proprietary ledger technology at this stage. Even so, the company deals with sensitive information on a daily basis.
Another Permissioned Ledger
Permissioned blockchains is what financial sector is looking for. Bank of America is building an ecosystem where users need to request access first and foremost. Depending on the reason specified for this access, the request will be granted for a limited time. It is a positive development for the industry as a whole. Traditional data storage solutions are prone to hacking and exploiting due to their centralized nature.
Patents are always a controversial topic in the world of blockchain. However, the distributed nature of blockchain seemingly makes that idea somewhat counterproductive. For institutions like Bank of America, it is the normal order of business. As such, it is likely the bank will continue to file blockchain-related patents moving forward.
Furthermore the exact nature of this specific patent-related blockchain venture remains unclear. Bank of America is along with other institutions, showing a keen interest in distributed ledgers as of late. Slowly but surely, the financial sector is warming up to this new infrastructure. Incorporating it into existing financial services and products still remains challenging.