Sony and Sony Global Education Develop a New System to Manage Students' Learning Data, Built on IBM Blockchain

   Sony and Sony Global Education Develop a New System to Manage Students'
                    Learning Data, Built on IBM Blockchain

- New cloud-based platform to help track and manage student data to improve
efficiencies in education system

PR Newswire

TOKYO and ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2017

TOKYO and ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM)
Japan today announced that Sony Corporation and Sony Global Education, a
subsidiary of Sony that works to provide global educational services, have
developed a new blockchain-based student education records platform. With the
solution, school administrators can consolidate and manage
students' educational data from several schools, as well as record and refer
their learning history and digital academic transcripts with more certainty.
The new platform, developed using IBM Blockchain, uses blockchain technology
running on the IBM Cloud to track students' learning progress, as well as
establish transparency and accountability of scholastic achievements between
students and schools.

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In a world where students often gain certifications from non-traditional
methods -- online, in universities in different countries -- it is essential
that they have a way to prove their qualifications. This platform will allow
students and learners of all ages to carry with them a digital, trusted record
of their achievements that can be easily and quickly verified by any future
employers or educational institutions.

The new system can record student data, sharing it with the network of
need-to-know parties including school administrators and prospective
employers. Using IBM Blockchain, student educational data on the platform is
verified. Educational institutions such as schools, colleges, and universities
can use it to share data to help teachers more easily determine and implement
unique teaching methods for each student, as well as help vendors target
offerings based on verified needs. In addition, the platform can help manage a
variety of student services offered by different parties and consolidate them
in a single repository of information. It also enables parties to reliably
share digital transcripts with one another.

Blockchain technology can help bring transparency and help build trust to
transactions. It enables users to create networks that are permissioned and
immutable; meaning they cannot be changed or altered by any one party. When a
transaction takes place on the blockchain, all members of the network can see
it, therefore operating from a common truth.

"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.
We are pleased that we have worked together with IBM to build a new system
which can help effect real change in the education sector," said Masaaki
Isozu, President of Sony Global Education.

The platform is built on IBM Blockchain, which is delivered via the IBM Cloud
and powered by Hyperledger Fabric 1.0, a blockchain framework and one of the
Hyperledger projects hosted by The Linux Foundation.

"Blockchain offers a new approach to how the lifetime history of data related
to a person, place or thing is shared and managed. In effect, data tracked on
a blockchain becomes a single source of truth," said Yoshiki Minowa, Vice
President, Partner - Cognitive Process Transformation, Global Business
Services, IBM Japan. "We are delighted to have supported Sony Corporation and
Sony Global Education to build up a new blockchain-based platform for
innovations in education."

Sony Global Education is working with various educational institutions with
the intent to launch the blockchain-based service in 2018. Beyond the
education sector, blockchain can be used in a wide range of fields, including
supply chain and logistics. As Sony Group, which owns a variety of business
domains, continues to evaluate and develop the system, it is considering how
to apply blockchain to additional products and services.

About Sony Global Education
Sony Global Education's mission is to provide global educational services
beyond traditional framework of applications and services and create new
infrastructure in order to make sure everyone can receive education easily and
learn from each other. As it sees blockchain is an important technology to
give significant impact on the future social infrastructure, Sony Global
Education strives to create a new educational infrastructure by integrating
the newly developed system with various systems of educational institutions.

*1 Blockchain technology is a distributed network technology that synchronizes
same record on globally distributed nodes such as terminals and switching
equipment on communication networks. 

About IBM Blockchain
IBM is the leader in open-source blockchain solutions built for the
enterprise. As an early member of Hyperledger, an open source collaborative
effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, IBM is
dedicated to supporting the development of openly-governed blockchains. IBM
has worked with more than 400 clients across financial services, supply
chains, IoT, risk management, digital rights management and healthcare to
implement blockchain applications. For more information about IBM Blockchain,

IBM Contact:
Holli Haswell

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