Web 3.0, the metaverse and NFTs are capturing UK consumer interest


Toluna, a global insights technology and panel provider, today revealed key UK insights from its worldwide consumer study, 'A new age of the internet: Web3, the metaverse, and NFTs'. 

With blockchain technology ushering in a new digital era in the form of Web 3.0, the research study explores consumer perceptions of emerging Web 3.0 concepts – such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse. Toluna’s research aims to decipher how consumers view and interact with these...

Tech Mahindra and StaTwig implement blockchain-based traceability solution for vaccines

Bottles of covid vaccine.

Tech Mahindra, a provider of digital transformation, consulting, services and solutions, has partnered with StaTwig, a digital supply chain solution provider, to implement ‘VaccineLedger’ globally. 

The partnership aims to roll-out a blockchain-based traceability solution for global vaccine supply chain transparency, predict and prevent failures in supply chains, including problems related to expired vaccines, stock out and counterfeiting.

Through this...

VXPASS opens blockchain-based vaccination verification program

Someone getting a vaccination.

VXPASS, a blockchain-based platform built to manage, store and verify records for global COVID-19 vaccination programs, has opened its Digital Covid Card replacement to licensed medical practitioners and their patients. 

By opening the service to medical professionals directly, licensed practitioners can now offer patients the ability to record their vaccination records to a shared database on-chain, enabling them to hold and securely share their vaccination records digitally...

Improving healthcare through blockchain

Healthcare Technology

Feature From South Korea to the US, governments this year have been trying to develop blockchain-based technologies to track citizens’ vaccination status whilst maintaining a respect for individual privacy.

Besides the controversies this raises, the situation has thrust blockchain’s healthcare potential into the limelight at a time when the industry faces an increasing number of challenges.

With developed countries spending an increasing percentage of their GDP on...

TruTrace and Applied DNA Sciences collaborate on blockchain-based cannabis validation

Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) and TruTrace Technologies (TruTrace) are cooperating to create a platform that offers end-to-end traceability and transparency within the cannabis industry.

Their integrated solution combines TruTrace’s blockchain-based SaaS (software as a service), StrainSecure, with APDN’s molecular tagging system, CertainT, to deliver a secure platform that will increase supply chain visibility.

TruTrace’s software is currently used throughout global...

SettleMint looks to blockchain self-sovereign identity with IdentiMint

A core tenet of blockchain technologies is trust - but not just from a standpoint of having records on an immutable ledger. The concept of blockchain for digital identity - enabling 'more secure management and storage of digital identities by providing unified, interoperable, and tamper-proof infrastructure with key benefits to enterprises, users, and IoT management systems', as ConsenSys puts it - is increasingly key.

One essential part of this, from the user side, is...

NHS works with Hedera Hashgraph and Everyware to monitor Covid-19 vaccine storage

The National Health Service (NHS) is working with Hedera Hashgraph and digital asset tracking and monitoring provider Everyware to monitor cold storage equipment being used to store Covid-19 vaccines.

Certain Covid-19 vaccines, such as the vaccine developed by Pfizer which was approved for use in the UK in December, require exact cold storage for ideal efficacy. Centralised distribution centres and transportation units can store the vaccine at the recommended -70°C for up to 10...

World Economic Forum muses on blockchain for ‘unique’ Covid-19 vaccine distribution challenge

The past couple of weeks have seen plenty of good news in the shape of a potential Covid-19 vaccine, from Pfizer, to Moderna, to Oxford/AstraZeneca. But efficacy updates are only the first hurdle to clear. Production, distribution and rollout - particularly noting the first two and its requirement for cold storage - remain key issues.

The World Economic Forum's (WEF) blockchain division has previously explored how distributed ledger technology could be key to an 'equitable'...

The role blockchain can play in the increasing world of telemedicine

The industry of virtual health appointments, otherwise known as telemedicine, is booming as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the pandemic in the UK, GP surgeries urged patients not to come into their practice to prevent the potential spread of the virus and health secretary Matt Hancock advised that consultations should be done by telemedicine where possible.

Since then, there’s been a dramatic increase in the use of telemedicine, with a survey by the Royal...

PwC: Blockchain technologies could boost global economy to tune of $1.7 trillion by 2030

A new analysis from PwC estimates blockchain technologies could spark a $1.7 trillion boost in the global economy by 2030 - with the UK set to benefit to the tune of £57 billion ($72bn).

The findings come from a report which is part of a series exploring the economic impact and use cases for emerging technologies. PwC said its analysis 'showed the potential for blockchain to support organisations in how they rebuild and reconfigure their operations', particularly in the...