Sony has developed an educational platform with IBM that uses blockchain to secure and share students’ records. The technology giants plan to launch the service sometime in 2018 through Sony Global Education.
The educational platform will allow educators to converse with one another about student development and records within their own institutions. The goal is for school administrators to manage student data more easily to “create a more transparent history of academic progress.” It will allow students to carry those digital records to another school very easily, as well as to a potential future employer. Sony does not plan to restrict the opportunity to one specific educational level and is open to promoting the product to primary and higher educational institutions, aiming for them to become initial users.
With most student recordkeeping systems being old and outdated, institutions will be thankful for an efficient way to make a transition to digital recordkeeping. The partnership of Sony and IBM will be beneficial to the cause. Sony has also stated that its educational conquest will not stop with this blockchain platform, which only serves as the leading stepping stone for future endeavors. Sony Global Education President, Masaaki Isozu, released the following statement regarding the new educational platform:
“Blockchain technology has the potential to impact systems in a wide variety of industries, and the educational sphere is no exception when educational data is securely stored on the blockchain and shared among permissioned users.”
Sony has shown interest in applications for blockchain regarding the specific areas of supply chain and logistics. With the success of this platform, it plans to continue pursuing such technology to further explore its potential future applications. The company also released an official statement regarding its use of blockchain technology:
“Sony Group is also considering innovative ways to make use of blockchain technology. It will continue evaluating this system going forward as it works towards the creation of appealing products and services in a host of different fields.”
The dynamic duo of Sony and IBM will be an interesting collaboration as each company has shown remarkable success in their own respective fields.