What’s Going On?
Edinburgh Napier University has opened a blockchain research facility, the Blockpass Identity Lab, in collaboration with Blockpass IDN, a blockchain-based identity application provider for regulated services and the Internet of Things (‘IoT’).
Why Does It Matter?
Launched this week, the Blockpass Identity Lab (BIL) at Edinburgh Napier’s Merchiston campus is part of a £600,000 partnership between the university and Blockpass IDN, reported The Scotsman.
This initial collaboration will support five PhD students and create a “world-leading virtualised blockchain environment”, demonstrating Blockpass and Edinburgh Napier University’s commitment to innovation and the development of sector-leading “citizen-focused” systems, reported Scotland’s The National.
What Can We Expect?
After a series of high-profile data breach scandals at companies like Yahoo, Uber and Equifax, the risks of centralising personal user data have led to companies worldwide increasing their spend on cybersecurity technologies.
Scotland’s Minister for the Digital Economy, Kate Forbes MSP, told Scottish Business News Network: “This collaboration between Blockpass and Edinburgh Napier University is a great example of the type of partnerships which will help to ensure that Scotland has an innovative, world-class cyber security goods and services industry – an aim the Scottish Government and its partners are actively supporting through the publication of Scotland’s Cyber Resilience Economic Opportunity Action Plan.”
Professor Bill Buchanan, Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “We are proud to be joining forces with Blockpass to create the first dedicated blockchain laboratory in Europe. Blockchain will have a significant and positive impact on multiple industries and the Blockpass Identity Lab will help to support its ongoing development. I look forward to providing updates on the progress of our PhD researchers and the latest innovations that we are providing to our corporate clients.”