Vacancy | Junior Marketing Medewerker

14-06-2021 | Treasurer Search | treasuryXL

Kom jij ons team versterken als Junior Marketing Medewerker? Deze super leuke functie staat nu open bij treasuryXL!

Taken Junior Marketing Medewerker

TreasuryXL is een jonge community die zich snel verder ontwikkelt. Eén van onze collega’s gaat de wereld verder verkennen en ons verlaten. We zoeken zijn opvolger, is deze baan iets voor jou? Je functie omvat in ieder geval de volgende taken:

  • Verzamelen van content van partners & experts en deze tekstueel en visueel opmaken zodat ze kunnen worden gepubliceerd;
  • Distribueren van deze content via de website en social media;
  • Onderhouden en uitbouwen van relaties met partner bedrijven en experts;
  • Plannen (helpen) maken en uitvoeren om de community uit te breiden en relaties te versterken. Bijvoorbeeld het organiseren van (on-line) events;
  • Bijhouden van relatiebestanden in ons CRM;
  • Rugdekking geven aan collega’s bij drukte of hun afwezigheid.

Ideale Junior Marketing Medewerker

Je hoeft nog niets over treasury te weten, dat leren we je wel. Interesse in de financiële wereld is wel een pre. Je bent een communicatieve aanpakker die met plezier schriftelijk en eventueel telefonisch contact legt. Je bent een regelaar, werkt via stappenplannen die je zelf ook kan ontwikkelen. Je hebt oog voor detail want wat je publiceert wordt door duizenden gelezen. Het is fijn als je ervaring hebt met diverse soorten software als MS office, CRM, grafische software en social media programma’s. Je spreekt en schrijft gemakkelijk in Nederlands en Engels. Als persoon neem je verantwoordelijkheid en pak je met plezier zeer diverse taken op.

TreasuryXL

www.treasuryXL.com is de community voor iedereen die is geïnteresseerd in het vakgebied. Samen willen we de community internationaal laten groeien: meer mensen die weten over treasury en degenen die we al kennen helpen hun kennis te verdiepen. We delen kennis en verbinden. We werken vanuit een schitterend pand bij het station in Venlo, eventueel ook vanuit huis. Onze bedrijfscultuur is informeel en resultaatgericht, functies zijn niet zeer scherp begrensd. Wat je kan en leuk vindt is natuurlijk ook heel belangrijk, in collegiaal overleg komen we er uit.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden & Proces

We bieden een uitdagende baan met leuke collega’s (vinden we zelf) en een zeer divers takenpakket. Je kan je ontwikkelen binnen je baan in een pragmatische en internationaal georiënteerd MKB bedrijf. Het betreft een dienstverband voor onbepaalde tijd voor 3-5 dagen/week. We streven naar een langdurig dienstverband. Afhankelijk van je ervaring en opleiding denken we aan een inkomen van circa €2100/maand.

Een on-line assessment maakt deel uit van de selectieprocedure.
Sollicitanten kunnen hun profiel online updaten en voor deze functie solliciteren via de ‘apply’ button onderaan de pagina.

Location

Venlo

Contact person

Pieter de Kiewit
T: +31 850 866 798
M: +31 6 1111 9783

APPLY HERE

 

 

treasuryXL announces partnership with GTreasury to strengthen dissemination of the latest corporate treasury trends, best practices, and industry analysis

| 27-8-2020 | treasuryXL | Gtreasury |

VENLO, The Netherlands, June 14, 2021 – treasuryXL, the community platform for everyone who is professionally active in the world of treasury, and GTreasury in the USA, the leading platform provider of integrated treasury and risk management for the twenty-first century treasurer, today announced the signature of a premium partnership.

The partnership brings a new knowledge stream to the treasuryXL community, offering treasurers a continuous flow of in-depth and timely content to help them do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. This partnership includes:

  • collaboration on messaging, content production, and visibility
  • mutual distribution on select items of interest
  • collaboration on larger themes: event promotion and speaking, and industry expert contributions and publication

Treasury management is currently experiencing a revolution as digital transformation accelerates globally and across industries. With this partnership, treasuryXL and GTreasury are striving to make sure that treasurers are always up to date with the latest news, best practices, and events in their field.

About treasuryXL

treasuryXL started in 2016 as a community platform for everyone who is active in the world of treasury. Their extensive and highly qualified network consists out of experienced and aspiring treasurers. treasuryXL keeps their network updated with daily news, events and the latest treasury vacancies.

treasuryXL brings the treasury function to a higher level, both for the inner circle: corporate treasurers, bankers & consultants, as well as others that might benefit: CFO’s, business owners, other people from the CFO Team and educators.

treasuryXL offers:

  • professionals the chance to publish their expertise, opinions, success stories, distribute these and stimulate dialogue.
  • a labour market platform by creating an overview of vacancies, events and treasury education.
  • a variety of consultancy services in collaboration with qualified treasurers.
  • a broad network of highly valued partners and experts.

About GTreasury

For more than 30 years, GTreasury has delivered the leading digital Treasury and Risk Management System (TRMS) to corporate treasurers across industries. With its continually innovating Software-as-a-Service platform, GTreasury provides customers with a single source of truth for all their cash, payments, and risk activities. The TRMS solution offers any combination of Cash Management, Payments, Financial Instruments, Risk Management, Accounting, Banking, and Hedge Accounting – seamlessly integrated, on-demand worldwide and fully secured. Headquartered in Chicago with offices serving EMEA (London) and APAC (Sydney and Manila), GTreasury’s global community includes more than 800 customers and 30+ industries reaching 160+ countries worldwide.

www.gtreasury.com

Enterprise Payment Optimization (EPO) is the key to improving information availability, cash visibility and liquidity management

11-06-2021 | TIS |

Data Silos restrict the flow of information

One of the challenges for global enterprises, is that many areas or departments have become data silos, full of key information that is truncated and not being shared. These data “pockets” reduce information visibility and prevent optimization of processes for the company as a whole. Senior management has a vision and a strategy; however, an information feedback loop cannot function effectively or efficiently if there is a lack of organizational transparency.

The right technology platform supports end-to-end data visibility and accessibility

To achieve “perfect,” end-to-end organizational visibility for payments and payments information would mean a standardization, concentration and centralization of systems, processes, (banking) partners and even locations. That is neither possible nor practical.

“Given the often-fragmented ERP and systems landscape, a holistic view of payments information via a hub is the only realistic way to gain a consolidated view, a single source of truth across all corporate departments, subsidiaries, and geographies,” remarks Jörg Wiemer, CSO and TIS Co-Founder.

Companies can achieve many of the desired benefits of end-to-end visibility by using an Enterprise Payments Optimization Platform (EPOP).

The TIS Enterprise Payments Optimization Platform functions as a global, multi-functional ecosystem

 The TIS Enterprise Payments Optimization Platform is a global, multi-channel, multi-bank connectivity ecosystem. The platform supports a solid foundation for connectivity to ERPs, TMSs, HR and other payment input systems as well as financial institutions. Data is uploaded from ERPs etc. through plug-ins or agents and passed on through the TIS platform to banks. The platform provides connectivity by creating and maintaining formats (host-to-host, EBICs, and other local “flavors”) and partnerships (e.g., SWIFT). The EPOP streamlines and automates the processing of a company’s payments, removing complexity while adding an array of additional benefits.

Enterprise Payment Optimization is key to having the right kind of data available

“The ability to actively use payments’ data is key for better decision making throughout the organization. The finance function has a very valuable commodity at their fingertips in the form of information stored on the EPO platform,“ says Erik Masing, CEO.

This data is the basis for managing cash, monitoring liquidity, engaging in cash forecasting, as well as supporting the information needs of treasury, finance, risk, compliance, and the CFO. This information can also benefit procurement, for example, during negotiations of contract terms and conditions. With full information, the importance of suppliers can be measured through the relative spend across the entire company. Managers can make better and more informed decisions by using business intelligence and data analytics, impacting both the top and the bottom line.

Bank Account Management (BAM) puts treasury in charge of its banking relationships globally

For the finance function, a clean master data repository is essential to manage hundreds (if not thousands) of bank accounts across various subsidiaries and geographies. Corporate treasury can store the organization’s global bank account data in the EPOP’s bank account management (BAM) module. During regular operations, the activity of every listed user is tracked and traced through an immutable audit log that helps to avoid unauthorized actors abusing the system’s controls. There is also a processing function that scans all user permissions within the platform. If any irregular configurations are identified (e.g., a user having the ability to review and approve his own payments), the system will generate an alert and flag the user. BAM can become a successful collaboration between headquarters and departments as well as subsidiaries, orchestrated by a governance process. If the company has stored its data in a TMS, downloading the master data can be done in a matter of seconds.

Clients deserve tailored solutions that meet their requirements

The TIS vision is that their clients can operate in an open, innovative, and multi-tenant ecosystem, accessing a rich array of platform-based products and services. This new, game-changing world is not accessible if you are inflexible and locked-in by a TMS. Clients need a place where all stakeholders can collaborate and exchange information. TMS suites have historically grown into what they are today i.e., an aggregation of solutions attached to a central structure. A TMS covers many different disciplines, however, it usually offers too much, or too little i.e., not a tailored solution or the “right” fit. If a customer wants to optimize their payment process and use this information to support cash forecasting only, why should it implement a full TMS “monolith”.

Flexibility, innovation and collaboration become the new normal

By helping to break down the silos created by company-centric and e.g., bank-proprietary applications, an open, innovative, and cloud-based architecture lays the foundation for “best-of-breed” solutions.

“Access to company-wide, real-time data via a scalable and versatile platform gives decision makers additional possibilities to analyze data and to collaborate,” states Erol Bozak, CPO and TIS Co-Founder.

It also provides the basis for entities to take advantage of a wide range of best-of-breed products.  Value-added-services such as cash forecasting or FX / Hedging etc. are available. Innovative platforms such as the TIS Enterprise Payments Optimization Platform acts as ecosystems, making the products and services from specialized vendors available using a single sign-on. It also allows platform participants and partners to work to together sharing information in order to reduce the risk of fraud using products such as Payee Community Screening (PCS).

In summary

Ten years ago, cloud was in its infancy and Treasury Intelligence Solutions became an early adopter and a leader in SaaS. TIS believes that cloud-based, open ecosystems that support best-of-breed applications enabled by APIs, will become the new normal.  Enterprise payment optimization remains key to improving information availability, cash visibility and liquidity management. The Enterprise Payments Optimization Platform is the bridge that closes the gaps between internal as well as external functions, partners, and peers.

Visit tis.biz and find out more about the TIS Enterprise Payment Optimization Platform.

About TIS

TIS is reimagining the world of enterprise payments through a cloud-based platform uniquely designed to help global organizations optimize outbound payments. Corporations, banks and business vendors leverage TIS to transform how they connect global accounts, collaborate on payment processes, execute outbound payments, analyze cash flow and compliance data, and improve critical outbound payment functions. The TIS corporate payments technology platform helps businesses improve operational efficiency, lower risk, manage liquidity, gain strategic advantage – and ultimately achieve enterprise payment optimization.

Visit tis.biz to reimagine your approach to payments.

 

Vacancy | Treasury Analyst

11-06-2021 | Treasurer Search | treasuryXL

Our Partner Treasurer Search is looking for a Treasury Analyst for a client that manufactures and sells consumer products in almost 100 countries. The ideal candidate has a relevant degree and at least two years experience in treasury with a MNC. The current role of the ideal candidate is cash manager, junior treasury analyst but, as there are many projects, also treasury consultant. Experience with a TMS is a must, preferably Kyriba. As a person, the treasury analyst is hard-working, flexible and service oriented.

Tasks Treasury Analyst

The analyst both builds and manages treasury operations. This includes cash positioning, forecasting and maintenance of the IT & banking infrastructure. If the treasury hub in Luxembourg is established, the analyst will increasingly connect internal stakeholders, operating companies & HQ, as well as external, banks & auditors. She will help bring treasury to the next professional level.

Our Client

Our client manufactures and sells consumer products in almost 100 countries. Through fine mazed e-commerce and other channels products and money flows. Over time this resulted in our client having hundreds of bank accounts with close to 150 banks. In their ambition to bring treasury to the next level, the team decided to set up a treasury entity in Luxembourg.

Remuneration and Process

The expected base salary for this position is €60K, fringe benefits are at market level and include a bonus.

For candidates who qualify and are interested, an extensive job description is available. The Treasurer Test will be part of the recruitment process.

Location

Luxembourg

Contact person

Kim Vercoulen
T: +31 850 866 798
M: +31 6 2467 9339

APPLY HERE

 

 

Whitepaper Download: Negen valutafouten die uw bedrijf moet vermijden (Dutch)

10-06-2020 | XE |

Xe ondersteunt meer dan 6.000 bedrijven per jaar wereldwijd bij het beheren van hun vreemde valuta en het vooruit plannen om risico’s te beperken. Maar nog veel meer bedrijven laten de zaken op hun beloop en maken keer op keer dezelfde fouten.

XE heeft de kennis en ervaringen gebundeld in een handleiding waarin maar liefst 9 cruciale valutafouten worden beschreven die je als bedrijf moet vermijden.

Klik hieronder op de afbeelding voor meer informatie en download de whitepaper.

In deze whitepaper gaan we dieper in op die fouten,
om meer bedrijven te helpen dit in de toekomst te voorkomen.

Veel voorkomende uitdagingen zijn:

  1. Niet weten of u valutarisico loopt of in welke mate
  2. Geen beleid voor valutarisicobeheer hebben
  3. Alleen naar de koersen kijken
  4. Geen inzicht hebben in de verscheidenheid aan producten die voor uw bedrijf beschikbaar zijn

 

 

 

 

Multibanking made simple with Cobase

| 09-06-2020 | Cobase | treasuryXL |

Our Partner Cobase operates independently under its own brand and under its own management, at arm’s length from its main shareholders ING, Nordea and Crédit Agricole. Companies that hold accounts with different banks face many inefficiencies. They have to use different bank portals to interact with their banks and other financial service providers, and often multiple ERP connections have to be maintained. The more different banks and accounts a company has, the more complex it gets.

Cobase offers a solution! The multibank platform is a single point of access to all bank accounts and other financial products and services from many banks and financial service providers.

Main features of the platform are a central Payment Hub, Cash Management and Treasury modules. The combination of this functionality with many bank connections in one place offers tremendous financial and operational efficiency, especially for medium and large size companies. Users and authorisation schemes can be centrally managed for all subsidiaries or departments and only one security token is needed for each user.

 

Press release | New Cashforce office in Warsaw, Poland fuels its cash forecasting product excellence

08-06-2021 | treasuryXL | Cashforce

Cashforce, an innovative Cash Forecasting and Working Capital Analytics solution provider, has announced it will open a new office in Warsaw, Poland to expand the company’s activities. This new office will further accelerate Cashforce’s growth and market presence on a global scale with the addition of a new technical team. For this expansion, various product-focused positions are becoming available, ranging from Chief Architect and team leaders to analysts and front-end/back-end engineers.

“We are delighted to share the news of the opening of our product-focused branch. Together with our new platform which launches soon, we continue to push the frontier of Cash Forecasting & Working Capital product excellence,” said Nicolas Christiaen, CEO of Cashforce.

Cash forecasting remains a top priority of any corporate and Cashforce offers a unique solution to assist finance and treasury departments in this challenge. Building upon years of experience, we’re reinforcing the vision to save time and cash by offering automated Cash Forecasting technology. Our new platform is equipped with real-time data processing capabilities, an intuitive user-experience that lowers the barrier to entry and enhanced (AI-powered) scenario building capabilities.

Jan Bakker, COO of Cashforce, adds: “It’s great to see our global presence ramping up. By reinforcing the product team with various technical positions, we’re ready to further integrate the latest and greatest technologies into our product.”

As a Fintech scale-up disrupting the treasury space, we are experiencing substantial international growth. To make our ambitious vision a reality, we are looking for motivated candidates to join us in creating a world-class product. Of course, it all starts with the amazing people. You can become a part of a dynamic and global team that encourages ownership, diversity and personal growth. Learn more about our company culture here.

WANT TO BE A PART OF OUR FINTECH EXPERIENCE? FIND OUT MORE ON OUR OPEN POSITIONS HERE.

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Cashforce is a ‘next-generation’ Cash Forecasting & Working Capital Analytics solution, focused on automation and integration. Our cloud-based software enables corporates to unlock their data and create smarter decisions, saving time and money. By integrating internal & external company data (ERPs, TMS, data lakes etc) and processing them through machine learning techniques, our SaaS solution provides insight into Cash Flows & Working Capital, automates manual and cumbersome Treasury tasks and enables AI-powered-scenarios. Cashforce is used by midsize and large corporates and has users in over 120 countries.

When Cash is key, Cash Forecasting and Working Capital leads your company towards a crystal-clear future. When Cash is key … Cashforce.

 

Press contact
Benjamin Bergers
benjamin.bergers@cashforce.com
+32 (0) 479 66 27 21

 

Texpo Webinar | Dark Data- Search, Collate, Conquer – Making Sense of Unstructured Cash Forecasting Data

| 08-06-2021 | treasuryXL | Cashforce

Our Partner Cashforce is holding a webinar hosted by Texpo, in which the topic ‘Dark Data: Search, Collate, Conquer – Making Sense of Unstructured Cash Forecasting Data’  is presented together with  David Jacoboski, CTP (Drew Marine).  Dark data is defined as unused or hidden data from relevant departmants in your business, which might have intrinsic value. Watch the full webinar below 👇🏽

 

Blockchain, IoT and 5G: a Marriage a Trois

| 07-06-2020 | Carlo de Meijer | treasuryXL

Long-time Blockchain has been looked at as an isolated technology. Recently however we see a growing trend of blockchain being integrated with other technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence amongst others. An interesting development that can be observed is the growing attention of corporates to use blockchain for IoT or Internet of Things applications. And that is not strange. The IoT market is increasing drastically and this is expected to continue in an accelerated way triggered by the recent uptake of the 5G network. But with this there arise a number of big challenges that may limit its future growth. Blockchain is seen by a growing number of corporates as the technology that could solve a number of these issues. Let’s have a look!

But what is Internet of Things?

IoT or Internet of Things has emerged as a network of internet connected devices. These devices range from simple consumer-devices to heavy industrial machines and may include laptops, smartphones, smart gadgets, smart watches, smart and digitalized vehicles, smart bicycles, medical sensors, smart security systems etc. These IoT devices are integrated with high definition technology like sophisticated chips, sensors, or functional software, that makes it possible for them to communicate or interact over the internet smoothly and exchange information with each other. IoT involves first of all sensing, monitoring, and exchange of data, followed by efficient data storing and processing using technologies like cloud computing. Data is thereby transmitted from the device to the IoT network where the information is managed using analytics and then directed back to the IoT equipment. The analytics capabilities of the IoT use these data to convert insights into action, impacting business processes and leading to new ways of working.

In the meantime the Internet of Things has provided many services in the fields of intelligent transportation, smart cities, medical treatment, smart agriculture and many others. These IoT-based solutions allow the automation of daily tasks and enable effective monitoring and control of the connected devices. This may result in improved efficiency and convenience in performing tasks.

Challenges

The advancements in IoT have popularized the development of 5G-enabled-IoT applications. 5G, the next generation of mobile networks, promises remarkable performance improvements  and is envisaged to broaden IoT’s scope and fields of applicability. Such 5G IoT applications however  pose stringent requirements such as high capacity, assured privacy & security, scalability of heterogeneous applications, ultra-low latency, optimized use of network resources, efficient energy management and low costs.

Since current mobile networks including 5G and also more general IoT systems are based on centralized models they may face big challenges to meet-up the requirements of future 5G-enabled-IoT use cases. With the huge number of devices set to enter IoT networks in the coming years, these centralized arrangements have very restricted scalability, while exposing a large number of vulnerable points that could endanger network security and can become extremely costly and sluggish.

a. Scalability
One of the most crucial difficulties with current 5G IoT networks is that of scalability. IoT relies on centralised cloud-based architecture for their control and management. It would be an urgent task for the centralised cloud servers to scale up their capacity and computing power and handle the massive amounts of data collected by a large network of sensors. With the increasing number of devices and the huge amount of data they are generating, current centralised systems to authenticate, authorise and connect different nodes in a network may become a great bottleneck.

b. Security
Another fundamental problem with current 5G IoT systems that may hinder its large-scale development, is their security architecture. A centralised client-server model managed by a central authority would make it vulnerable to a single point of failure. Many IoT devices have very low security features embedded into them. As a result they may get affected by privacy and security breach, while there is reduced safety for users. That make them an easy target for cyber-criminals to exploit the weak security protection to hack them into launching DDoS attacks.

c. Privacy
Another problem is privacy. The IoT network can process data transactions across multiple devices that are owned and administered by different organisations. This makes it difficult to identify the source of any data leakages in case of a cyberattack. Additionally, the IoT generates a vast amount of data, and with multiple stakeholders involved, the ownership of the data is not always clear. This could potentially undermine the reliability of IoT sensors. Measures to ensure the integrity of IoT devices such that they cannot be altered by external interventions are thus key to securing a safe environment for data recording and transactions.

d. No common standards and protocols
The devices in an IoT network are part of different technology standards with different protocols, making it difficult to build a coherent system. The data generated in the networks have different ownership and are highly noncoherent, hence, hard to trace and audit. Data could either be locked in or may not be inter-operated because of different communication standards and protocols and operating systems.

e. Lack of auditability and control over data sharing/usage
In an IoT network a huge amount of data is generated from devices that are proprietary to several enterprises. It is difficult to manage and audit such data in terms of who owns them, where from are they generated and how can they be processed. Most of the times such data is not under the control of all the intermediate parties involved such as equipment vendors, service providers or users who share a common platform.

Blockchain can be of great help

These  issues have become key in IoT systems and if not solved may aggravate when the increase in IoT products will accelerate. Continuing the use of centralized solutions 5G IoT driven applications will not only struggle to meet the demands but will also adversely affect the projected visions of IoT. To solve these issues blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) is increasingly seen as a promising solution to help address these challenges in a unified and decentralised way.

Blockchain, can play an important role in how devices will communicate directly between each. Blockchain, as a distributed database system, can record all information about transactions. This fits perfectly into the basic functions and architecture of the IoT. The distributed nature of blockchain allows the industrial entities and various IoT devices to exchange data to and from their peers, eliminating the centralized operational requirement. Blockchain thereby enables users of 5G IoT networks to interact and transact (store and retrieve data) with ensured data provenance and authenticity, accountability, immutability, and non-repudiation for every user. Blockchain can thereby help alleviate the security, privacy and scalability concerns associated with IoT, by building trust, cost reduction and the acceleration of transactions, without relying on central participants.

How will Blockchain bring these benefits for IoT?

a. Immutability
The distributed ledger in a blockchain system is tamper-proof. Each transaction is recorded, put into a data block, and added to a secure, immutable data chain that cannot be changed. No single organisation has control over the vast amount of data generated by IoT devices. This immutability is regarded as a principal strength of blockchain-based smart contracts, as it removes the need for trust among the involved parties.

b. Improved security
Blockchain’s strong protection against data tampering helps prevent a fraudulent device from disrupting synergy of communication systems by injecting or relaying harmful information. Using blockchain to store IoT data would thus add another layer of security that hackers would need to bypass in order to get access to the network. The blockchain technology thereby holds the potential to securely unlock the business and operational values of 5G networks to support common tasks, such as sensing, processing, storing, and communicating information.

c. Transparency
Blockchain also provides transparency, by allowing anyone who is authorised to access the network to track the transactions that happened in the past. Compared to the ordinary database systems in IoT ecosystems the distributed ledger provides capability to transparent record keeping of the events logged, while the ledger is protected against alterations with the utilization of digital signatures. Through transparency of smart contracts, the trust in 5G IoT networks is decentralized. The deployment of smart contracts in IoT makes the nodes trustworthy and compliant in the specific business ecosystem.

d. Guaranteed integrity
Blockchain as well as blockchain-based smart contracts may also ensure the accountability and integrity of IoT related networks. Smart contracts can be defined as software codes enforcing the regulatory criteria and make them transparently available. These contracts entirely depend on transparency and consistent integrity of all member nodes. The much more robust level of encryption provided by blockchain makes it virtually impossible to overwrite existing data records.

e. Accelerated data change
The performance of the entire IoT ecosystem in terms of higher throughput and latency depends on the accelerated operation of data change in the IoT nodes. As the number of interconnected devices grows, blockchain and smart contracts may provide a viable solution as it can enable fast processing of the growing number of transactions and coordination among the huge number of connected devices. The centralized validation of a particular data can be replaced by decentralized validation with the use of smart contracts deployed on the IoT node itself. This may drastically diminish the data validation time, as well as the chances of manipulation or access.

f. Reduced costs
And as a result of all this, the operational costs of an IoT ecosystem can be minimized when  blockchain and smart contracts are utilized. Blockchain and smart contracts can allow IoT companies to reduce their costs by eliminating the processing overheads (deploying expensive high-end computing infrastructure) related to IoT gateways, associated with middlemen and intermediaries.

Applications of Blockchain IoT

Blockchain IoT applications are increasingly used in various sectors like supply chains, transportation and logistics, retail, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, government, energy and utility. Corporations are thereby focusing on increasing operational efficiency through real-time data management and automation of tasks. Blockchain IoT applications are  thereby used for purposes like process automation, supply chain management, smart cities, smart homes, asset tracking and monitoring, data analytics, data sharing and communication, smart cars, decision analytics, home automation, and smart grids.

Supply chain
Blockchain and smart contracts may be of great added value in the 5G IoT smart  supply chain. Blockchain IoT applications for tracking purposes are especially used by supply chains to track the location of goods as they are shipped, and ensuring that they stay within specified conditions. The blockchain can store, manage, protect and transfer all this smart information, such as the temperatures, position, arrival times, and status of shipping containers as they move. Sensors give companies end-to-end visibility of their supply chain by providing data on the location and condition of the supplies as they are transported around the globe.  Immutable blockchain transactions help ensure that all parties can trust the data and take action to move products quickly and efficiently.

Maintenance
Blockchain IoT asset tracking devices are also used by a lot of businesses for long-range identification of assets and machinery to record activity and output as an alternative to cloud solutions. This is especially important for predictive maintenance modelling. The ability to track components/spare parts that go for instance into an aircraft, automobile, or other products is critical for both safety and regulatory compliance. IoT data stored in shared blockchain ledgers enables all parties to see component provenance throughout a product’s life.  From engines to elevators, blockchain provides for a tamper-free ledger of operational data and the resulting maintenance.

Smart city and smart homes
Blockchain IoT solutions are increasingly being used in smart cities to enable the services such as payments, e-Governance, security, and surveillance of the smart cities. Smart cities are the implementation of advanced modern techniques in the urbanization to improve the quality of human life.

Blockchain IoT solutions also find their way in smart homes, that are intended to automate the entire home environment comprising of home appliances and devices. Blockchain can thereby fuel different use cases such as smart home monitoring, remote accessing, energy optimization, surveillance and so on.

Data Analytics
Blockchain IoT can also be applied to data analytics to investigate different types of data. It can be used by businesses for predictive and descriptive analysis to improve customer knowledge, enhance operational efficiency, and create business value. Businesses are increasingly using Blockchain IoT data analytics to determine trends and patterns by analysing big and small data to extract meaningful insights.

Smart healthcare 
Blockchain IoT has numerous applications in the healthcare industry. The technology can be used to provide high-quality medical services using smart devices. IoT devices can collect health care data, and these data is stored online. They can be accessed anytime by a physician, Blockchain can as a result enable secure and trusted IoT medical automation systems for real-time monitoring, logging privately medical history, sharing securely medical documents and supporting vital data which can help in making clinical decisions.

Smart farming
The concept of smart farming can revolutionize the agriculture industry. Farmers can use smart blockchain IoT farming applications for optimizing a lot of different activities such as determining the best time to harvest plants, as these devices can detect weather conditions and other environmental data. But also creating fertilizer profiles based on the chemistry of soil, and sensing soil nutrients and moisture levels. Blockchain enabled IoT applications for agriculture purposes can help to boost both the quality and quantity of agriculture production,  while minimizing the cost.

Key players in the Blockchain IoT market

A growing number of companies are leveraging blockchain technology to allow any IoT device to securely connect, interact and transact independently of a central authority. Key players include big tech companies like Amazon, Cisco, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and SAP as well as big blockchain platforms such as Ethereum, the Linux Foundation and R3. And a growing number of smaller companies using blockchain to make the Internet of Things safer and smarter have entered (or are entering) the market. Some interesting newcomers:

Ambrosius
Ambrosius is a public permissioned blockchain ecosystem with a large number of decentralized node operators securing the network. The Ambrosus blockchain is optimized for interconnectivity with IoT devices, sensors, existing ERP systems, and other enterprise management software. Ambrosius is used for decentralized applications, securing the Internet of Things, physically tracking real-world assets, and integrating blockchain into enterprise software.

Atonomi
Atonomi is an open platform that encourages third-party development. Atonomi provides IoT developers and manufacturers with an embedded solution to secure devices with blockchain-based immutable registration of identity and reputation tracking. While device identity is recorded and validated on an immutable ledger, device  reputation is calculated and recorded based on monitored transactions. This enables fluid interactions between validated IoT devices, regardless the manufacturer, across the Atonomi trust environment.

Chain of Things
Chain of Things (CoT) is a consortium of technologists and leading blockchain companies. It investigates the best possible use cases where a combination of blockchain and IoT can offer significant benefits to industrial, environmental, and humanitarian applications. So far, CoT has built Maru, an integrated blockchain and IoT hardware solution to solve issues with identity, security, and interoperability.

IOTA
IOTA is a protocol for fast transaction settlement and data integrity, with a Tangle distributed ledger that eliminates the need for expensive mining (validation of transactions). IOTA is an infrastructure for IoT devices that need to process large amounts of micro data. Features of the Tangle ledger are machine-to-machine communication, fee-less micropayments, and quantum resistant data. IOTA has built a sensor data marketplace and is entering the market for data-driven insights, supported by more than 20 global corporations.

Modum.io
Modum.io combines IoT sensors with blockchain technology, providing data integrity for transactions involving physical products. The modem sensors record environmental conditions, such as temperature, that goods are subject to while in transit. When the goods arrive at the next transit point or end customer, the sensor data is verified against predetermined conditions in a smart contract on the blockchain. The contract validates that the conditions meet all of the requirements and triggers various actions such as notifications to sender and receiver, payment, or release of goods.

Xage Security
Xage is the world’s first blockchain-enabled cybersecurity platform for IoT companies. Their technology can manage billions of devices at once and can even self-diagnose and heal possible breaches. Xage is proximality used by IoT companies in the transportation, energy and manufacturing industries.

Blockchain IoT market 2020–2026

An interesting report was recently launched by Markets & Markets, forecasting the development of the global Blockchain IoT market till 2026. Especially the need for IoT security, simplified processes supported with transparency and immutability, and high adoption of blockchain-based IoT solutions using smart contracts and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are expected to surge demand for the blockchain IoT market globally.

Main highlights

  • The global Blockchain IoT market is expected to grow tenfold from USD 258 mio in 2020 to more than USD 2.4 bn by 2026, an average yearly growth of more than 45%.
  • Whereas the hardware segment (including IoT sensors and crypto wallets) showed the highest share up till now, due to growing demand and infrastructure for deploying, developing and managing blockchain applications, software and platforms are forecasted to take the lead.
  • Data security held by far the largest market share in 2020, due to the crypto mechanisms used of the blockchain. The smart contracts segment is expected to be the fastest growing during the forecast period due to the increasing use of blockchain IoT in the construction industry.
  • While the government segment held the largest market share up till now due to the increasing government initiatives and use of blockchain IoT across the many smart city projects, verticals such as supply chain, logistics, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing and construction are also expected to register a high demand for blockchain IoT.
  • The growing adoption of blockchain and IoT technologies across the retail sector is also expected to drive market growth during the forecast period. Retailers increasingly use IoT and blockchain technology to track products in stores, prevent product tampering, and increase security across retail stores.

Final remarks

The expected potential of  the 5G IoT market today is limited by an extremely fragmented IoT ecosystem. Blockchain technology appears as potentially the most suitable and efficient way to the various 5G IoT challenges. For optimising the value of blockchain the creation of common ecosystems with commonly accepted standards and global protocols is thereby of utmost importance. To achieve that, standardized infrastructures, open application programming interfaces (APIs) and collaborations among stakeholders are urgently needed. That means that many stakeholders, even competitors in the same industry, should collaborate and adopt a shared distributed ledger platform with compatible standards protocols enabling users to access all connected applications. If so that would be a great marriage a trois between blockchain, IoT and 5G.

 

 

Carlo de Meijer

Economist and researcher

 

 

 

 

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