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Samsung-Backed Startup Blocko Launches Hybrid Blockchain Aergo Enterprise

Blocko, a South Korean startup backed by Samsung, has launched its hybrid blockchain Aergo Enterprise and initiated a migration program for clients using its private blockchain product Coinstack, which the company will officially be retiring, it said in a release earlier this week.

Aergo Enterprise focuses on providing greater levels of security, scalability and performance, and its hybrid approach allows for the exchange of assets such as information, tokenized goods, and supply chain registries between blockchains using Merkle Bridges, as well as increased data integrity, the company says.

Features of Aergo Enterprise include simplified administration with easy-to-integrate, one-click provisioning of custom blockchains as well as simplified cloud system orchestration, easy monitoring with a dashboard, transaction and block history, as well as resources and asset monitoring for independent blockchains, extended node management systems for more configurations and settings such as managing permissions and deleting data, development kits, pre-built applications, and around-the-clock support.

Aergo Enterprise runs on the Aergo main network, an open, permissionless system for enterprise launched earlier this month. Non-profit organization Aergo Organization is responsible for promoting and developing the Aergo ecosystem.

“We’ve been supporting Aergo Organization in the design and construction of the Aergo platform for a full year. After a long and intensive R&D process, we are excited to finally launch our largest product to date,” said Won-Beom Kim, founder and CEO of Blocko. “Our existing customers will be able to complete the migration program with ease and switch to our hybrid, high-performance blockchain network setup to achieve greater levels of security and scalability, while expanding their use cases.”

Founded in 2014, Blocko is a commercial blockchain infrastructure provider and a leading blockchain startup in South Korea, serving more than nine million users through various blockchain applications.

In the past five years, Blocko has built over 20-full scale blockchain implementations on private and public blockchain ledgers for purposes of inter-organizational communication. Some examples include a single sign-on service for subsidiaries of the Shinhan Financial Group, an e-document stamping system for all employees of Hyundai Motors, and other management systems for Samsung Card to facilitate interactions with foreign entities.

In March, the company announced the implementation of a blockchain solution it developed for land registry in South Korea. The Land Registry Project, an initiative from the South Korean government aimed at using blockchain to improve various public service sectors, seeks to eliminate costs associated with document forgery and sensitive information leaks by implementing blockchain technology.

The platform passed its initial testing phase and is planned to move towards a full-scale implementation scheduled to take place throughout the course of the year.

Blocko secured US$8.9 million in its latest round of funding in June 2018 to strengthen its presence in South Korea as well as in Europe and East Asian markets.

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