In February 2020, 4thpillar technologies (i.e. 4thtech) partnered with Hashnet a scalable, fast, secure, and decentralized blockchain project. Hashnet is leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and consensus algorithm which keeps all positive characteristics of blockchain technology while increasing throughput to more than 50,000 transactions per second. (Tolar — Hashnet, n.d.). In March 2020, 4thpillar technologies joined the Slovenian national blockchain testing infrastructure called SI-Chain. The Si-Chain implementation of 4thpillar technologies electronic data and documents exchange protocol and identity mechanism is underway. Supported by Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Si-Chain was established in November 2019 with the intent to enable testing of existing and new blockchain applications for the public and private sector.
Supported and approved by Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration, the consortium was formed between 4thpillar technologies and HashNET, to enter the INEA (i.e. European Commission Innovation and Networks Executive Agency) 2020 CEF Telecom Call — eDelivery (CEF-TC-2020–1). The consortium will present the blockchain eDelivery cross-platform (i.e. Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, iOS) client development blueprint. If funded, the new cross-platform eDelivery client can reach BETA by the end of 2021 and be integrated into Si-Chain national test blockchain infrastructure.
As the core technology (i.e. Hashnet and blockchain electronic data and documents exchange protocol) is developed and owned by companies forming the consortium, the contribution to this action applies. Both consortium members perfectly align, as blockchain electronic data and documents exchange protocol needs a blockchain network to run on, and a blockchain network needs applications, so a valuable product is formed.
Objectives and Activities
With the final objective of 4thtech to develop the blockchain eDelivery client (cross-platform Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS with a unique CEF Access Point) and deploy it on SI-Chain, both projects align. This action will support the development of blockchain eDelivery, more specifically it will help build the foundations for safe, reliable cross-border digital eDelivery services between both public and private sectors, as well as between such entities and citizens and organisations.
*The development of blockchain eDelivery (i.e. FOURdx) cross-platform (i.e. Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, iOS) desktop and mobile client is specified in the blockchain e-delivery cross-platform client proposal technical paper: https://www.the4thpillar.io/documents/4thpillar-technologies-desktop-mobile-client.pdf
*Please refer to the following link for more information: https://www.gov.si/en/news/slovenia-launches-national-test-blockchain-infrastructure-and-slovenian-blockchain-partnership/