Calypso Technology has recently partnered up with R3 to develop capital markets applications using R3’s Corda, a distributed ledger platform for recording and managing financial agreements. Calypso, a leading provider of technology solutions for finance markets, is the first firm to partner with R3 with the goal of actually bringing blockchain-based technology to market.
Together, the two enterprises are working on a multi-party trade confirmation solution. By storing financial agreements between counterparties on the blockchain, a consistent, auditable, immutable record is created. This is obviously a great benefit to the finance industry, in regard to mitigating fraud while increasing efficiency.
R3’s Corda, which goes open-source November 30th, is a smart contract platform that allows a company like Calypso to build a distributed ledger, using common computer code. This allows interoperability between multiple consensus providers, even if they’re using different consensus algorithms. Being interoperable in that manner allows Corda to build a ledger that would comply with any local regulations. David Rutter, CEO of R3, said:
“Calypso is the first capital markets application partner to engage with R3, which reflects the unique synergy between the two firms. We look forward to leveraging our combined expertise to address some of the major pain points facing the global financial services industry with innovative distributed ledger-based technology.”
That’s what is so significant about Calypso teaming up with R3, they’re going to be able to actually build and utilize a distributed ledger. This real-world use case should only serve to better highlight the power of blockchain technology. Imagine if something like Ethereum was used, instead of a private, permissioned ledger. There’d be even less chance of fraudulent activity on an easily auditable, fully transparent ledger. This is still an important first step, though. For now, showing the existing markets how blockchain-based technology can improve current systems is valuable for the entire blockchain ecosystem.
Calypso is actually going to test their trade confirmation solution with multiple financial institutions. So not only is this a real-world use case, it will really be put through its paces. If this solution is successful, hopefully a wider implementation of similar blockchain technologies won’t be far behind.
See their full press release below:
Calypso Technology has become the first firm to partner with R3 to develop capital markets applications on its Corda distributed ledger-based smart contract platform. The two firms are currently developing a multi-party trade confirmation solution and testing it with multiple financial institutions.
R3’s Corda – which will be open-sourced globally on November 30 – is an open and inclusive smart contract platform that enables third party providers and partners such as Calypso to build and operate distributed ledger applications using common code and protocols to ensure interoperability. Calypso will be the first application partner to leverage the R3 platform, which will allow financial institutions and their technology partners to work more closely together in a safe and efficient distributed ecosystem. The platform records and manages financial agreements between counterparties, leveraging distributed ledger technology to guarantee a consistent, accurate, auditable, reportable record.
R3 and Calypso’s trade confirmation solution utilises distributed ledger technology to dramatically transform existing processes, substantially increasing transparency and simplifying dispute resolution. Counterparties will be able to see all trade tickets on the distributed ledger so they can be sure they are matching against the correct trade. This work will also represent the first real integration between a leading distributed ledger platform and a leading financial software vendor.
David Rutter, CEO of R3, commented: “R3 is the largest collaborative consortium of its kind in financial markets, now comprising over 70 members from all corners of the industry. Calypso is the first capital markets application partner to engage with R3, which reflects the unique synergy between the two firms. We look forward to leveraging our combined expertise to address some of the major pain points facing the global financial services industry with innovative distributed ledger-based technology.”
Pascal Xatart, CEO of Calypso, said: “We are thrilled to be working with R3 and honored to be their first application partner. The alignment between the two firms is exceptional – our deep expertise in capital markets combined with their industry-leading distributed ledger technology will allow us to develop a range of innovative applications quickly and efficiently. Our current matching solution is only the beginning.”
R3 is leading a consortium with over 70 of the world’s largest financial institutions to develop ground-breaking commercial applications for the financial services industry that leverage the appropriate elements of distributed and shared ledger technology.
Operating in New York, London and San Francisco, the R3 team is made up of financial industry veterans, technologists, and new tech entrepreneurs, bringing together expertise from electronic financial markets, cryptography and digital currencies.
The R3 Lab and Research Centre has quickly become a centre of gravity for collaborative research and testing of distributed and shared-ledger inspired technologies, and is where R3 works with its partners to define, design and deliver the next generation of financial infrastructure.