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US Navy deploys blockchain in messaging system

By Ashley Norris

Simba Chain is enlisted to create platform based on Microsoft Azure’s cloud infrastructure

The Naval Air Warfare Center, part of the US Navy, has announced the creation of a secure messaging system that will be built on the blockchain. This is a sign that the technology is continuing its passage towards the mainstream.

The platform, which will be operational later this year, is to be constructed by software company Simba Chain in a $10m deal. It will be based on Microsoft Azure’s cloud infrastructure.

It is not the first time the start-up has partnered with the US Department of Defense (DoD). It began working on a blockchain-based supply chain solution for the Air Force in August 2019.

The announcement caps an excellent week for the technology with several high-profile announcements. The Australian government issued a 52-page blockchain roadmap highlighting how the technology has the potential to create jobs, spur economic growth, save businesses money and improve the nation's productivity.

Meanwhile French food manufacturer, the Avril Group, owner of brands Matines and Lesieur, has begun using IBM’s blockchain-based Food Trust network to ensure traceability of its products.

Simba Chain is optimistic about the prospects of wider use of blockchain in the military. CEO Joel Neidig told Cointelegraph, “This is the first of many contracts. We will be announcing the next contracts later in the spring. We plan to deliver a ‘bulletproof’ platform that meets all objectives”.

Tom Keane, corporate vice president, Azure Global at Microsoft, added: “Advancing the implementation of the Navy’s messaging platform presents a unique opportunity to transform the industry surrounding sensitive information at a time when data security is paramount.”

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