B3i, the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative, has selected R3’s Corda blockchain platform to build its future applications and business networks.


Image: B3i selects Corda blockchain platform. Photo: Courtesy of Allianz.

B3i Services stated that it conducted a detailed review of the available open source blockchain technologies against its enterprise platform strategy, focusing on critical factors including data privacy, scalability, interoperability and developer productivity.

After conducting the evaluation, B3i concluded that Corda platform offers quality blockchain solutions, which provide a good foundation for B3i to efficiently deliver value to its clients.

It is claimed that Corda has been built on established and industry-proven technologies and standards.

It helps in integrating Corda nodes into the professional and compliant IT environments that are used by B3i’s clients. It offers infrastructure for a strong ecosystem and provides the opportunity to develop innovative products and services.

Corda is a blockchain platform which has been specifically designed for the financial industry. It enables institutions to transact directly with each other via smart contracts. Developers of the technology claim that it has several applications.

Corda was designed by R3, a New York-based software firm which runs a distributed ledger technology research consortium of more than 200 major firms, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, HSBC, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Deutsche Bank, Bangkok Bank and Royal Bank of Canada.

B3i chief technology officer Markus Tradt said: “The Corda platform offers the optimal solution in the market to deliver the B3i roadmap and our industrywide insurance blockchain ecosystem. We are very excited to continue our work with the Corda team.”

R3 chief technology officer Richard Gendal Brown said: “We are delighted that B3i has selected Corda as its preferred platform and our engineering team is looking forward to working closely with the excellent team at B3i to bring their innovative solutions to market.”

B3i Services is a startup formed to explore the potential of using distributed ledger technologies within the re/insurance industry for the benefit of all stakeholders in the value chain.

The company was incorporated on 23 March 2018, by the founding shareholders: Achmea, Aegon, Ageas, Allianz, Generali, Hannover Re, Liberty Mutual, Munich Re, SCOR, Swiss Re, Tokio Marine, XL Catlin, and Zurich Insurance Group.