Sweden’s central bank developing an e-krona in a test environment
by Ben Poole
The Riksbank has implemented a public procurement of a technology supplier to the e-krona pilot project. The bank also said it intends to sign an agreement with consulting company Accenture. The primary objective of the e-krona pilot project is to broaden the bank’s understanding of the technological possibilities for the e-krona.
The assignment entails producing a solution as to how an e-krona could function in a test environment. During the first year of the e-krona pilot project, a technical platform will be developed with a user interface that enables, for example, payment with the e-krona from a mobile phone, a card and a watch. The platform will also contain simulations of payment service providers, retail outlets and other parts of the Swedish payment system.
The assignment will run to 31 December 2020, with a possibility for extension so that the total maximum period of agreement will be seven years. If the Riksbank chooses to extend the e-krona pilot project, the e-krona will be further developed with increased functions and further tests. The bank has not yet taken a decision to issue an e-krona.
The public procurement resulted in eleven requests to participate, from which the Riksbank selected three suppliers who were invited to present tenders. The bank says the winning supplier offers the best balance of price and quality and it intends to sign an agreement before the end of the year.
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