Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) to become the world’s first to adopt blockchain technology. ASX made the announcement today that it plans to adopt the Blockchain technology to replace its current system for processing equity transactions. Australian Stock Exchange will partner with Digital Asset, who is responsible for providing the technology, to become the world’s first stock exchange to adopt Blockchain technology in the operation of its core services.
The exchange is implementing Blockchain technology to replace its current clearing and settling system, CHESS (Clearing House Electronic Subregister System). The distributed nature of Blockchain is an upgrade, as it provides an opportunity to transact faster and more securely, reducing costs across the board.
The ASX came to this decision in partnership with Digital Asset, a consulting company that helps financial institutions adopt distributed ledger technology.
The Australian exchange has spent the past two years researching and testing distributed ledger technology, which included two independent third party security reviews of Digital Asset’s solutions. ASX expects to transition to this new blockchain technology system at the end of March 2018.
This move marks a significant moment for Blockchain technology adoption, putting Australia in the lead in the traditional financial sector’s race to understand, experiment with and implement distributed ledger technology.
Digital Asset CEO, Blythe Masters, stated that:
“Together, DA and our client ASX have shown that the technology not only works, but can meet the requirements of mission critical financial infrastructure.”
Australian Stock Exchange, Australia’s main stock exchange, will now join a relatively short list of global exchanges by taking brave, concrete steps towards adoption of Blockchain technology, other exchanges include Nasdaq, The London Stock Exchange, and the Japan Exchange Group.
Due to the many potentials of Blockchain technology, adoption of this technology would certainly be in favour of the Australian Stock Exchange.
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