In an announcement dated June 12, 2020, the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) – a government agency overseeing IT policy in Bangladesh – in tandem with tech conglomerate IBM, unveiled a proof of concept (POC) that leverages blockchain technology to bring greater efficiency to primary school teachers’ e-pension system.
Using Blockchain to Underpin School Teachers’ Pension System
In a bid to bring greater transparency and security to the school teachers’ pension system, BCC introduced a POC that uses IBM Cloud’s IBM Blockchain Platform for storing and managing pension information. Specifically, the POC proposes a blockchain-enabled permissioned network of teachers and other stakeholders to safeguard their pension information from potential cyberattacks.
The POC leverages distributed ledger technology’s (DLT) transparency, security, and immutability to protect the pension system against unauthorized elements. A DLT-enabled approach to safeguarding a pension system will not only ensure the safety of teachers’ personal data – including their time of service, salary, and date of birth – but also ensure that they receive correct disbursements.
Notably, the e-pension POC is BCC’s first blockchain use case. The POC was proposed by developers with the Bangladesh National Digital Architecture (BNDA) team. Now, the e-pension solution team comprises the original BNDA developers, an education expert, and several IBM Blockchain engineers.
The team at BCC utilized the benefits of the rich integrated development environment in the IBM Blockchain Platform to create the POC in under three months. The team of engineers plans to continue using the IBM Blockchain environment to power the solution’s final version.
Parthapratim Deb, Executive Director, BCC, remarked:
“When the solution goes live, teachers will access their profiles and pension records through the web or a mobile app. The distributed ledger will link to other government systems through the National e-service bus, a shared middleware platform that is maintained by the BNDA team.”
Deb exhibited trust in the blockchain-powered e-pension system, saying that it will increase confidence among the stakeholders and ensure that teachers are paid out appropriately on time.
IBM Continues to Build on Blockchain
The U.S.-based tech multinational is one of the leading firms in the world spearheading the enterprise-grade adoption of DLT.
Blockchain technology continues to hit the right chords of government administration entities in the U.S. as the FSIS and the USDA look slated to leverage distributed ledger technology (DLT) to certify that the country’s exported meat, poultry, and eggs are up to the mark. This involves stringent checks of the export products and checking them against the U.S.’s standards, and, per the destination, other nations’ regulations as well.
Per sources close to the matter, FSIS inspectors verify documents, stamps, shipping containers and a minimum of one sample of the export produce. These products are compared against a broad set of regulations after which the ensuing manual and digital paper trail accompany them in transit.
The report says that the proof-of-concept will gauge whether DLT can bring “increased immutability and visibility of critical documentation traversing across the supply chain,” the spokesperson explained, noting that the FSIS will start by studying the “export business process.”
The spokesperson added that this is the first instance that the FSIS has tried to utilize blockchain technology for any of its operations.
As reported on May 5 that IBM, Merck, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had piloted a blockchain solution that reduced the time required for drug recalls from three days to just a couple of seconds.