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South Korea Post partners with Coinplug, NHN to apply blockchain tech

Minseong Kim [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Thu, 06 Jun 2019, 06:56 am UTC

Korea Post, the national postal service of South Korea, wants to integrate blockchain technology to its billing system, local media outlet News1 Korea reported.

The move is a collaboration between the South Korean government and local private entities including cryptocurrency exchange Coinplug and global IT firm NHN.

As per the report, the initiative, which is part of the “Digital to Digital Convergence Projects” launched by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Information, will receive 800 million won (~$677,000) by the government this month.

The collaboration will see Korea Post establishing and integrating a blockchain-powered payment method using the blockchain expertise of Coinplug and NHN. The platform will reportedly still employ the current QR code-based payment methods, although blockchain is already integrated for data sharing, the report stated (translated by Google).

The pilot project will be launched in “Innovative City” of Naju, according to CoinDesk.

Other than the billing system, Korea Post is also planning to implement blockchain technology to overseas remittances.

As previously reported, South Korea’s biggest power provider, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), has signed separate deals with two local power suppliers, namely, Nambu Electric Power and Korean Southern Power Co., to build a blockchain-based system to transact renewable energy certificates. This project will also be under the supervision of the Ministry of Science.

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