Blockchain technology, as a tool in the world we know today, has shown us that it has versatile and quite useful features beyond the simple verification of monetary transactions. A secure database, incorruptible and impossible to modify by third parties translates into a very practical tool applicable to various social scenarios, and it is in this sense that Apla points out.
- 1 What is Apla?
- 2 Blockchain Technology in Apla
- 3 Cases of uses and application of Apla
- 3.1 Services and applications for governments
- 3.2 Services and applications for the private sector
- 4 Team behind Apla
What is Apla?
According to his White Paper, Apla’s mission is to facilitate the mass adoption of Blockchain technology by SMEs. They propose that Blockchain technology can help in innovation, the best use of human capital and generate positive changes within the society we know.
To offer this help to SMEs and also to governments, Apla proposes a proprietary Blockchain network that they ensure is totally shielded while being simple to manage for users. This ensures that companies will see a reduction in operational costs, automation of business processes and a total improvement in the products and services offered to their consumers.
In addition to shops, Apla also proposes solutions for the government area. The team behind Apla mentions that the application of Blockchain technology in government brings a new dimension of innovation, trust and security within society. They confirm that the transparency, speed and security of the data provided by Blockchain can be applied in various bureaucratic processes.
Blockchain Technology in Apla
In order to provide the solutions proposed by Apla, a Blockchain network is proposed with unique and specific characteristics within the system. This Blockchain network functions as a normal peer-to-peer network in which Smart Contracts can be hosted and the data inside the nodes is shown in a similar way as it is normally executed in Blockchain networks.
Each transaction within the Apla Blockchain network comes with the following data:
Type – ID of the executed contract.
Data – parameters passed on to the contract.
KeyID – User ID of the user who sent the transaction.
PublicKey – user’s public key (optional).
Location signatures: Transaction signature.
Time – date and time of the transaction.
EcosystemD – Ecosystem ID, where the transaction began.
ТokenEcosystem – Ecosystem ID, the tokens to be used for transaction payments.
MaxSum – maximum transaction fee.
PayOver – additional payment for priority processing in the transaction queue.
All these transactions are stored in a database that is kept unified within the Apla platform. Depending on what developers say, your database can store large amounts of data without becoming congested. The data is always kept up to date as they have a system that automatically updates the information each time a new block is added within the Blockchain network.
The Apla database is managed through a number of “ecosystems” that act independently of each other. An ecosystem is a software environment that works autonomously and counts a certain number of applications and users that work with these specific applications.
Users can be part of as many ecosystems as they want. Each user can access the databases, contract editor for the creation of new Smart Contracts and interface editor, all these tools will allow the user to create new applications within a specific ecosystem.
Consensus Proof of Authority
Apla will work with a new consensus within its Blockchain network. The consensus is the Safety Test, a consensus that works only with permission from validation nodes. A system by which, the nodes of the network are authenticated previously, before entering the Blockchain network. This system allows better performance (optimization of up to 51%) and greater protection against failures and attacks.
Validation Nodes are those that have the authority to do so. To obtain the necessary authority to be able to make validations it is necessary to go through a previous authentication process. Once they get the authority, the validation nodes can create new blocks and add them into the Blockchain network.
Cases of uses and application of Apla
As mentioned earlier, Apla’s proprietary Blockchain technology enables a range of applications within the market, both for the private sector and for the public and government sectors. These applications are not limited because users can create new ecosystems and applications within the network.
Services and applications for governments
Digital identification service
Developers say this may be the first step in creating e-government. The digital identification service for citizens and residents can help reduce data inconsistencies and allow all government areas to have greater consistency and control over the information being handled.
In addition, it offers transparency by avoiding any kind of manipulation in people’s data, which leads to a reduction in the process of monitoring and surveillance of the data. Likewise, much of the processes that must be done manually for security reasons can be done automatically by totally secure and insurmountable computer systems.
This particular utility is already being implemented within the Government of India. Apla’s solution established a system that integrates Google Maps, coordinates with various government departments that are within the work of verification of property data and finally establishes communications with banks to record commercial transactions related to that property.
With this method they achieve a very simple property purchase system. According to the procedure shown by the developers, the process of buying property can be done entirely over the Internet since the property documents will be registered in the Blockchain network and will have full legal validity.
The developers propose a Blockchain solution that allows to maintain a complete history of the properties of the vehicle, as well as can reduce the time required for the entire process of registration of the vehicle with the competent authorities.
This system is also operational and according to the authorities that are using it, the time required to register a vehicle in the database is reduced 20 times. New buyers of a vehicle can pay all government taxes associated with the purchase via the Internet and then give you the necessary documents and a unique user number.
The system they have in operation is also integrated to a facial recognition system for the identification and correlation of owners with their vehicle. This system will allow authorities to physically recognize registered owners with a photo of the license plate or with the data of the vehicle.
Education system certifications
In order to prevent the fraud of issuing student certificates on paper, the developers propose the creation of a distributed system of data confirming the educational certificates. In addition, this process would help reduce the amount of paper issued for certificates and significantly streamline internal processes in the education system.
Issuance of business licenses
The bureaucratic process of issuing the necessary licences for the business to operate can be tedious and time-consuming for both traders and governments. Achieving complete management of these processes via the Internet can help streamline and facilitate the issuance and delivery of these licenses.
Apla is already providing this service in the Ajman Emirate of the United Arab Emirates. By applying Blockchain technology, these procedures can be carried out digitally, ensuring a level of protection and security that centralized bases cannot provide. In addition, the whole process can be done in one place, allowing it to do it faster and minimising the bureaucracy inherent in a cumbersome system.
This service is also operational in the United Arab Emirates. As mentioned, the application of Blockchain technology allows the creation of an intelligent and totally transparent supply chain, governed by Smart Contracts and the Oracles that monitor all shipment data.
Each member of the supply chain has a unique key to mark each operation conducted within the system and within the same network Blockchain can receive information about the shipment. The system comes integrated with a package identification program and a geolocation service to determine the location at all times.
Being a unique and standardized system, it ensures that all parts within the supply network have identical and incorruptible information about freight and shipments, thus avoiding errors or modifications by third parties.
This use of Blockchain technology within Supply Chains can be applied to both government and private sectors.
Electoral systems, one of the sectors most susceptible to fraud, need to be constantly reviewed and audited to ensure a reliable and transparent system for electing representatives within democratic systems. A voting system based on Blockchain technology allows all voter information to be kept secure, impossible to manipulate and transparent to all members, generating confidence in all parts of society involved.
This system has already been tested in the Netherlands, although polls and surveys were conducted about the implementation of Blockchain technology in the government area. The test showed that the system was 100% reliable and that it yielded truthful data about citizens’ opinions.
The role of registers and notaries is necessary in today’s legal world. These are the people who attest to the veracity of the documents. However, performing these functions generates an exhausting bureaucracy with high costs for each step.
By applying Blockchain technology to everything related to contract management, they seek to create contracts that are 100% secure, impossible to falsify and verifiable. All this while achieving a transparent and incorruptible system.
Services and applications for the private sector
Registration and management of assets and inventories
Large companies lose a lot of money due to errors and mistakes in their inventories. Merchandise loss or mishandling by employees is very difficult to detect in traditional stock management systems. The data record used in Blockchain carried out by Apla makes it more efficient to have secure and truthful information within the inventories.
Customer loyalty programs provide significant advantages for companies that want to connect with their users. By applying Blockchain technology it is possible to have total transparency and confidence about the data and actions that the clients carry out within the reward program.
Data and information management
If it is a company that works with a large volume of data, this element is extremely important because with the Blockchain application that is recommended here, the storage and administration would be done in an intelligent and totally secure way. The Blockchain allows them to remain distributed but at the same time they are unified for when they need to be used.
Improved KYC processes and customer identification
Know Your Client processes are becoming mandatory in the midst of a society increasingly committed to personal data. The implementation of Blockchain technology can help in the reception of complete, authentic and immutable data.
Tokenization of assets
This service is about tokenizing real-world assets such as real estate, vehicles or any other asset in order to transfer assets within the Blockchain network quickly and securely.
Team behind Apla
Apla, formerly known as eGaaS, is a company located in Luxembourg and has offices in Russia and Dubai. The development team consists of the incredible number of developers, about 30 members in total.
The CEO and Legal Director of the company is attorney Vitaly Bondar. He is also a specialist in electronic commerce and International Private Law. He has worked in major European law firms throughout his professional career.
The company’s CTO is Oleg Strelenko, a computer expert with more than 10 years of experience in the computer world, practically the same time he has been working with Blockchain technology.
Apla’s COO is Jesús Peña, a man versed in cybersecurity and who has been participating in several projects related to Blockchain technology such as BitBank and Bitvalley. He is also a consultant in the world of ICOs and crypto currencies.