Deloitte unveils ‘Blockchain in a box’ demo platform


Deloitte has offered its clients a virtual gaze into blockchain in action, announcing the development of its self-dubbed “Blockchain in a Box” (BIAB), which provides tangible demonstrations and experimentations for blockchain-based systems.

BIAB, a mobile, self-contained technology platform, is capable of hosting blockchain-based solutions across four small-form-factor compute nodes and three video displays, as well as networking components that enable integration with external services, such as traditional cloud technologies.

Each compute node accepts Secure Digital (SD) card media, facilitating rapid selection and exchange of demo solutions tailored to specific client needs.

In a statement, Linda Pawczuk, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and US blockchain leader said its custom-built BIAB solution was inspired by clients’ interest in understanding blockchain’s capabilities in live interactions.

“What’s often misunderstood about blockchain is that it is an entirety of a technology solution – when in reality, it’s a technology component that enables larger business applications and approaches. Our mobile demonstration is practical, tactical and most importantly, tangible to clients.”

Developed in-house by professional services giant’s US arm, Deloitte said it had demonstrated the BIAB to “several clients” and to the broader blockchain and emerging technology community at multiple conferences, including at Consensus 2019 earlier this year.

“Each time we have used the BIAB to facilitate exploration, the reaction is that of curiosity and excitement where the audience leaves with a deeper understanding of blockchain and how the use cases are implemented,” said Chih-Wei Yi, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

“It helps to demystify blockchain and is a refreshing and well-grounded approach versus traditional slideware-based demonstrations.”