VersaBank signs new MOUs to accelerate launch of blockchain-based digital vault
VersaBank has announced that it has signed two memorandum of understandings (MOUs) with an unnamed cryptocurrency exchange and a cryptocurrency fund in the aim of accelerating the development of its blockchain-based digital asset vault.
The initiative, launched at the beginning of the year, aims to create a secure digital platform that can be used to store digital property and assets, such as cryptocurrency. In support of this, VersaBank hired Blackberry’s former Principal Architect of Cybersecurity, Gurpreet Sahota, as its new Chief Architect of Cybersecurity in January.
The two MOUs have been signed by VersaBank’s subsidiary VersaVault to facilitate a pilot program of the vault.
“This is an important step in our development of the VersaVault,” said David Taylor, VersaBank’s President and CEO. “There are two primary institutional holders of cryptocurrency assets, the exchanges and the funds.
“In connection with developing a product that meets with the seamless services that both exchanges and funds require, we have signed MOUs with one of each, which will provide us with the necessary feedback regarding what institutional digital asset holders require from our services, so that when we launch globally to the other exchanges, funds and numerous other digital asset holders, we will have a product that meets their specific needs, and one which provides for ease of use.”
The announcement comes shortly after the Bank of Montreal banned its own customers from purchasing cryptocurrencies using its credit cards, becoming the second Canadian bank to do so following a similar move by Toronto Dominion last month.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
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It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
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As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.