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Beyond Banking: R3’s Expanding Vision for Global Blockchain

R3 may have started as a consortium of banks looking to use blockchain technology, but it’s broadening its ambitions.

Now a startup whose staff numbers in the hundreds, R3 is proposing its distributed ledger technology platform, known as Corda, be used to link together a wide range of businesses, not just financial ones. The core idea is similar to the one originally pitched: if companies share data and assets with each other on Corda, they can ax duplicative processes and trust that they are all on the same page about who did what.

In an example offered by R3 CTO Richard Gendal Brown, airlines, travel agents and hotels around the world could reach consensus on which plane seats and rooms have been booked, knowing that the data being shared is the same for everyone all the time.