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CO-OP and TMG commission blockchain studies from Mercator

Emerging technology may not be a panacea for regulated institutions like credit unions

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (May 2, 2016) — CO-OP Financial Services and TMG are commissioning a body of work by Mercator Advisory Services on blockchain technology to help credit unions make wise decisions regarding this emerging digital ledger technology.

The first study will be completed by late summer, in time for credit unions to use during their 2017 budget planning processes. Both CO-OP and TMG will be sharing the resulting white paper with their respective clients.

“We will have Mercator survey the current blockchain landscape in order to create a strategic decision framework for evaluating blockchain and other technologies,” said Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP. “CO-OP and TMG wish to support the credit union movement by creating some much needed clarity around this technology.”

Both CO-OP and TMG see value in blockchain technology and the transparency and security it can offer to the credit union industry. However, it is also the position of the two companies that given the complexity of the systems and environments credit unions operate in, the integration architecture of blockchain may be a major stumbling block for wide-scale adoption.

“Knowing other industries see value in blockchain, they are likely to forge ahead with developing and implementing systems to support the technology, said Shazia Manus, CEO, TMG. “Those industries that are successful in developing and implementing systems where data integrity and secure exchange of information remain unbroken will most likely pave a path for the financial services sector. Our two organizations are committed to taking a methodical approach in providing the credit union movement with the research needed to determine if there is a way to move forward.”

Tim Sloane, Vice President, Payments Innovation at Mercator, wrote in a recent paper that “R3 CEV, a 45-bank consortium formed to implement blockchain solutions, has decided that blockchain technology is not capable of addressing the complex use cases associated with regulated entities. This revelation should cause others to take a large step back from evaluating technology and instead invest time in determining and understanding the business problem to be solved or perhaps the value chain participants the solution is likely to displace.”

A blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of transaction records hardened against tampering and revision. It includes two types of records, transactions and blocks – transactions include the actual data stored in the blockchain, and blocks confirm exactly when and in what sequence transactions have occurred.

For more information, visit http://www.tmg.global and www.co-opfs.org.


About CO-OP Financial Services

CO-OP Financial Services is a payments and financial technology company whose mission is ensuring the success of the credit union movement. CO-OP payments solutions, engagement services and strategic counsel help credit unions optimize member experiences to consistently provide seamless, personalized multi-channel offerings, while delivering secure, sophisticated fraud mitigation service. For more information, visit www.co-opfs.org.

About TMG

TMG is dedicated to creating customized, technology-driven card processing and payment solutions for credit unions and community-based financial institutions across North America. Innovations in fraud management, loyalty programs, alternative payment systems and analytic reporting, and the competitive advantages they create, have helped TMG forge a new standard in offering cutting-edge credit, debit, ATM, prepaid card products and a P2P payment solution. For more information, visit www.tmg.global.

Contacts

Bill Prichard, APR,
Director, Public Relations
CO-OP Financial Services
800.782.9042, ext. 3450
Bill.Prichard@coop.org

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