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韩国电信公司KT Corp宣布推出东白商城,旨在使用釜山区块链本地货币东白元

2020-11-26 12:31

 

今天,韩国电信公司KT Corp宣布了推出东白商城(Dongbaek Mall)的计划。这是一个在线商城,旨在使用釜山市去年12月推出的区块链本地货币东白元(Dongbaekjeon)。


截至8月,共有85万人使用过这种货币,交易额约为9.200亿韩元(约合8.314亿美元)。这种货币和其他当地货币的设计是为了鼓励当地消费,使用这种货币进行小额交易时可获得10%的现金返还,而大额交易则可获得5%的现金返还。这实际上是一种地方补贴。


该购物中心现在是直播的,试点模式将持续到11月27日。消费者通过货币应用程序进入网上商城。


此外,釜山市宣布即将推出二维码移动支付。到目前为止,人们使用类似借记卡的实体卡进行支付。


这种数字货币可以在实体店使用,但现在也可以在网上使用。然而,由于最近的立法,从10月份开始,除非商店直接登记使用东白头江或其他当地货币,否则不能再使用东白头江或其他当地货币。以前,如果一家商店接受信用卡支付,它不需要特殊的注册。


推动注册是某些零售商行为不当的结果。在某些情况下,他们会要求额外付款或提供非法的货币兑换。如果你认为一韩元的当地货币比一韩元的价值要高,因为有返现。因此,一些人可能更愿意出售货币而不是花掉它。


这是非法的,因为货币的全部目的是鼓励消费和增加中小企业的销售。它还旨在为小企业主消除诸如商户交易费等障碍。


据韩联社报道,韩国电信区块链商业中心负责人Kim Jong-cheol说:“我们还计划利用韩国电信集团的能力来激活东白田服务,并为小企业主提供支持。”


值得注意的是,这种货币不能用于一些行业,比如大型超市,这些行业本质上是超市和百货公司的结合。部分原因是它是专门为中小企业设计的。


釜山市在区块链相关服务方面一直很活跃,并在2019年将自己定位为区块链区。2020年6月,釜山市推出了一项去中心化身份验证服务,通过区块链公司Coinplug开发的区块链ID app提供公共服务。今年8月,釜山市和釜山工业科学与创新研究院宣布,他们完成了基于区块链的无人智能物流系统的规划。该系统将在釜山港使用,釜山港是世界上第五繁忙的港口。

 

Today South Korean telecoms firm KT Corp announced plans to launch Dongbaek Mall, an online mall designed to use Busan City’s blockchain-based local currency Dongbaekjeon, which launched in December last year.

As of August, 850,000 people had used the currency, with around 920 billion won ($831.4 million) worth of transactions. This and other local currencies are designed to encourage local consumption by offering cashback of 10% when using the currency for small transactions or 5% for larger transactions. It’s effectively a local subsidy. 

The mall is now live and is in pilot mode until the 27th of November. Consumers access the online mall via the currency app.

Additionally, Busan City announced the coming launch of QR code mobile payments for the currency. To date, payments were made using a physical card, similar to a debit card.

The digital currency could be used in physical stores, but now it can be used online as well. However, due to recent legislation, from October onwards, it’s no longer possible to use Dongbaekjon or other local currencies unless stores register directly for the currency. Previously, if a store accepted card payments, it didn’t need a special registration.

The drive for registration is the result of certain retailers misbehaving. In some cases, they request additional payment or offer illegal currency exchange. If you think about one won of local currency is worth more than one won, because of the cashback. Hence some people might prefer to sell the currency rather than spend it. 

That’s illegal because the whole purpose of the currency is to encourage consumption and increase sales for SMEs. It also aims to remove barriers for the small business owners, such as merchant transaction fees.

“We are also planning additional services that utilize the capabilities of the KT group to activate the Dongbaekjeon service and support small business owners,” said Kim Jong-cheol, head of the KT Blockchain Biz Center, according to Yonhap News.

Notably, the currency cannot be used in some industries like hypermarkets, which are essentially a combination of supermarkets and department stores. That’s in part because it’s expressly designed to support SMEs.

Busan City has long been active in blockchain-related services, establishing itself as a regulation blockchain zone in 2019. In June 2020, the city launched a decentralized identity verification service to provide access to public services through the Busan Blockchain ID app, developed by blockchain firm Coinplug. In August, Busan City and the Busan Institute of Industrial Science and Innovation announced they completed planning for an unmanned, blockchain-based smart logistics system. The system is to be used in Busan’s Port, the fifth busiest port in the world.

 

来自: Ledger Insights