(Kielce/Warsaw, February 5, 2021 r.) Billon Digital Services, a fully-owned subsidiary of Billon Group, signed an agreement with Kielce University of Technology in Poland for secure online storage and verification of student credentials on blockchain. University graduates -- for the first time in Poland -- will receive fraud-resistant digital copies of their credentials stored on an immutable ledger using Billon’s DLT platform for document and data management.
Under the agreement, Billon will provide the university with a solution to publish, store and share digital representations of diplomas in a distributed and cryptographically secured blockchain database. Each graduate will receive, in addition to the paper diploma, a link to its digital copy stored on the ledger and a unique code allowing for its decryption and reading.
Kielce University is at the forefront of blockchain adoption among universities. According to a 2019 Gartner report, “The most promising use case for blockchain in higher education is to transform the ‘record keeping’ of degrees, certificates and diplomas.”
The Billon solution ensures secure and convenient use of digital credentials by universities, graduates and any third party that needs to confirm their authenticity.
The solution enables fully paperless document attestation and verification, an important feature in the times of the pandemic and the need to limit physical contacts.
Prof. Zbigniew Koruba, rector of the Kielce University of Technology, comments: "Cooperation with the IT industry is a very important element in the growth strategy of the university. The project carried out with Billon will enable the digital publication of graduation diplomas of our students using blockchain technology. The current pandemic has caused a dynamic increase in interest in IT solutions, and the digital circulation of documents will become a common standard in the near future."
Billon’s system provides a safer alternative to conventional methods of digital management of sensitive students’ documents and records, significantly reducing the risk of any information being tampered with or lost. Unlike other blockchain solutions, Billon's DLT stores not only hash sums, but complete documents on-chain. Published files are decomposed and scrambled; it is impossible to delete or manipulate them, or provide access to anyone other than the intended recipients. Distributed architecture protects from mass data leaks and prevents modifying and deleting stored data by unauthorized parties.
Andrzej Horoszczak, founder of Billon Group and CEO of Billon Digital Services, comments: “Blockchain technology reduces risk for universities, students and potential employers by preventing fraud related to the forging of diplomas and degrees. The solution provides peace of mind through on-line verification of document origins and reliable confirmation of the authenticity of documents. It results in maximum data security with minimum IT administrative costs.”
Billon’s blockchain technology can be used to issue other tamper proof essential documents and certificates and to verify their authenticity and provenance in real time without spending time and money while having to rely on intermediaries. Innovate UK provided Billon a grant to build a DLT platform for fraud-resistant COVID-19 vaccination certificates that would accelerate the post-pandemic recovery Billon also recently partnered with UK healthtech provider CCUbe Solutions to launch a Ready-to-Work platform, storing training and work certificates that allow medical and non-medical staff to easily prove they can work in restricted COVID-19 areas or to move between clinics. In Poland, companies and institutions that use Billon's DLT platform to store and publish high value documents include The Polish Credit Office, Tauron, Syneriz and the Polish section of IEEE.
Learn more about digital student credentials on blockchain HERE.
A dynamic and cosmopolitan university, Kielce University of Technology (KUT) is the leading scientific and educational institution in Świętokrzyskie (Holy Cross) region of Poland which marks the gateway to Kielce — Świętokrzyskie economic, multicultural, innovative and creative hub. KUT is a public university whose mission is to support for the economic, social and cultural prosperity of the region. With more than 70 laboratories, our purpose is to advance knowledge and learning through research-inspired teaching and partnerships with industry and the local community. The university excels in research on laser and plasma technologies with the world-class equipped Center of Laser Technology of Metals, a joint project with the Polish Academy of Sciences.
KUT has a culturally diverse campus life, a vibrant international exchange study and research programs that prepare graduates for the workplaces of today and the future. Our campus is in the heart of the Kielce business district.
For more information, visit tu.kielce.pl.
Billon Digital Services builds fully digital relations between companies and public institutions and their clients. As one of the first companies in the world, we save sensitive data in distributed ledger technology (DLT), guaranteeing the highest level of security and resistance to unauthorized changes. The blockchain protocol we use saves not only hash sums, but entire documents, eliminating the need for expensive servers and backups. Our solutions meet the requirements of the GDPR and durable information medium, being the only digital alternative to paper that is compliant with the regulations.
Billon Digital Services implements its blockchain document management solutions in the banking, energy and education sectors. In 2018, the company won the British The Europas award for the best blockchain business project. In 2019, it received EUR 2 million from the European Commission Horizon 2020 program to complete the development and commercialization of its solution. Billon Digital Services is part of the Billon Group.
For more information, visit www.billongroup.com.