Hyperledger has announced a tranche of new members at its
global forum in San Francisco – with retail giant Walmart leading the way.
In total, seven companies have joined up to the Linux
Foundation-backed blockchain technology initiative across various roles. Some,
such as Tangem,
a Swiss-based manufacturer of blockchain-based smart card wallets, and Clear, a
provider of blockchain-based settlement and clearing networks, will be familiar
to industry watchers.
Others, such as Conduent, a spin-off of Xerox providing
professional technology services, and document managing solution provider Joisto
Group, focus on different areas. The list is completed by Ajou Technology, a
Chinese blockchain solutions provider, and Tokenation, a brand new startup
built on Hyperledger Sawtooth.
As noted by Forbes in
its recent list of the 50 most significant blockchain technology players,
Walmart’s primary blockchain platform is Hyperledger Fabric. The company said
it was ‘excited’ by the initiative.
“Walmart is excited to participate in open source
communities, coming together to create scalable and adaptable technology,” said
Sanjay Radhakrishnan, vice president of Walmart global tech in a statement. “We’ve
seen strong results through our various deployments of blockchain, and believe
staying involved in open source communities will further transform the future
of our business.”
The previous membership announcement was in January at the Davos jamboree. Cognizant was the standout name, with Symbridge and the University of Hong Kong among others to sign up.
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