Sony will develop a MaaS (Mobility as a Service) based on blockchain technology. The aim is to create a common database platform with transparency and security functions that can be used to register transport data for more than 7 million people.

Multimodal MaaS combines information from various transport services such as buses, trains, taxis, carpooling and bike rental. In addition, some details are given, including the route, the time required and the total cost of each route.

The key role of blockchain in these services is the ability to record and share users’ anonymous travel history. Sony predicts that more than 7 million people will use the service every day.

Blockchain as a business

The Blockchain Common Database (BSDB) project is the result of the Blockchain Challenge program. This program was the result of a MaaS technology initiative proposed by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in 2019.

Among the participants, only the Sony BCDB was able to meet the official requirements required by the ministry. It is the first project in the industry to successfully complete registration using blockchain technology for MaaS.

“BCDB has enabled the recording and exchange of information in a general ledger between different transport companies, transaction processors and MaaS service providers. This enables us to use information reliably and transparently and to implement it as a service. “ Sony said in a press release.

How will it work?

It is used to create networks where programs and information are difficult to destroy or change. It is ideal for the exchange and management of data and confidential information. Finally, we can use information with security and transparency and implement it as a service.

In addition, several organizations in Europe are trying to promote MaaS by involving multiple transport companies. Using services like BCDB can primarily help improve future technologies and solutions in smart cities, with the possibility of using blockchain.

BCDB is not limited to MaaS technology because it can eventually be integrated into any service that focuses on data recording and sharing. For example IoT platforms that work with a large amount of data from interconnected sensors.

Finally, the Sony Group is expanding the application of blockchain technology in various areas. The development of authentication systems and authority management for educational data deserve special mention. As it promotes the development of an information processing system for digital content rights in the entertainment field.

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