Unleashing the Future of Blockchain: Coreum’s Smart Tokens Across Industries

Coreum
6 min readJun 13, 2023

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In the dynamic landscape of blockchain technology, Coreum’s Smart Tokens emerge as a beacon of innovation. As outlined in the white paper by the Coreum Development Foundation, these tokens offer a highly customizable and cost-effective solution for tokenizing a variety of assets — fungible, non-fungible, and hybrid — on the blockchain.

Blockchain technology, and more specifically, smart contracts, have introduced revolutionary methods for assets to exist in a decentralized manner. This technology has garnered interest from major sectors such as governments and financial institutions, each aiming to utilize the blockchain to build real use cases, such as Decentralized Finance (DeFi) applications.

Smart Tokens are natively issued tokens on the Coreum chain that are wrapped around smart contracts. They are designed to be lightweight, flexible, and extendible. These tokens exist on the chain’s storage and memory, hence, interacting with them does not require calling smart contract functions.

One of the most innovative aspects of Coreum’s Smart Tokens is the time-based smart contract functionality. This feature allows for the creation of tokens that can be programmed to perform certain actions or change in value based on the passage of time. This opens up a world of possibilities for creating complex financial instruments and contracts that can be automated and enforced directly on the blockchain.

Let’s delve into some of the innovative use cases that Coreum’s Smart Tokens can bring to life across various industries:

  1. Tokenized Intellectual Property: Intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights could be represented as Smart Tokens. This would allow for the easy transfer, licensing, or sale of these rights in a transparent and secure manner.
  2. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs): Smart Tokens could be used to represent voting rights within a DAO. This would allow for the decentralized governance of organizations, with decisions being made based on the consensus of token holders.
  3. Tokenized Energy Credits: In the energy sector, Smart Tokens could be used to represent energy credits or carbon offsets. This could help to promote sustainable energy practices and make the market for energy credits more transparent and efficient.
  4. Healthcare Records: In the healthcare industry, Smart Tokens could be used to represent patient health records. This could allow for the secure and efficient sharing of health data between patients, doctors, and other healthcare providers.
  5. Tokenized Education Credentials: In the education sector, Smart Tokens could be used to represent degrees or other educational credentials. This could make it easier for employers to verify the qualifications of job applicants and for educational institutions to keep track of their graduates.
  6. Decentralized Identity Verification: Smart Tokens could be used to create a decentralized system for identity verification. Each token could represent a verified piece of identity information, such as a person’s age or nationality. This could help to reduce fraud and improve privacy in online transactions.
  7. Tokenized Real Estate: In the real estate industry, Smart Tokens could be used to represent fractional ownership of a property. This could democratize real estate investing by allowing people to buy and sell fractions of a property, rather than having to buy or sell the entire property.
  8. Supply Chain Management: Smart Tokens could be used to track and verify the movement of goods through a supply chain. Each token could represent a specific product, and its movement through the supply chain could be tracked and verified on the blockchain. This could greatly increase transparency and efficiency in supply chain management.
  9. Voting Systems: In governance, whether corporate or public, Smart Tokens could be used to create secure and transparent voting systems. Each token could represent a vote, and the results of the vote could be automatically calculated and verified on the blockchain. This could greatly increase trust and participation in voting processes.
  10. Loyalty Programs: Businesses could use Smart Tokens to create more flexible and engaging loyalty programs. Each token could represent a point or reward, and customers could earn, trade, and redeem these tokens in a variety of ways. This could lead to more engaging and personalized customer experiences.
  11. Insurance: In the insurance industry, Smart Tokens could be used to automate the processing of claims. Each token could represent an insurance policy, and the payout could be automatically triggered by a verified event. This could greatly speed up the processing of claims and increase customer satisfaction.
  12. Financial Instruments: Smart Tokens can be programmed to represent bonds that pay out interest to its holder every six months. This automated process eliminates the need for manual interest payments and ensures timely payouts.
  13. Subscription Services: In the digital content industry, Smart Tokens can represent a subscription service, where access to certain resources or services is granted for a specific period of time. This could revolutionize the way subscriptions are managed and enforced.
  14. Futures Contracts or Options: In the trading sector, Smart Tokens could represent futures contracts or options, where the right to buy or sell an asset is only valid for a certain period of time. This could automate the entire process and make it more efficient.
  15. Decentralized Finance (DeFi): DeFi applications aim to recreate traditional financial systems in a decentralized manner on the blockchain. With Smart Tokens, these applications can create complex financial instruments that are fully programmable and automated. For example, a DeFi lending platform could use Smart Tokens to represent loans that automatically pay out interest to lenders and automatically repay the principal when the loan term is up.
  16. Hybrid Tokens: A hybrid token could represent a combination of a fungible token (like a cryptocurrency) and a non-fungible token (like a unique piece of digital art). This could open up new possibilities for creating unique, digital assets that combine the best features of both fungible and non-fungible tokens.
  17. Event Tickets: In the event industry, Smart Tokens could revolutionize the way tickets are sold and managed. Each token could represent a ticket to an event, with specific data such as the event date, venue, and seat number encoded directly into the token. This could eliminate ticket fraud, as the authenticity of the token (and thus the ticket) could be verified on the blockchain. Additionally, these tokens could be programmed to be non-transferrable after a certain date, preventing last-minute ticket scalping.
  18. Financial Industry: In the financial sector, Smart Tokens could be used to create decentralized derivative products. Each token could represent a contract that derives its value from an underlying asset, such as a stock, bond, or commodity. The terms of the contract, including the expiration date and strike price, could be encoded directly into the token. This could make the derivative market more transparent and efficient, as trades could be executed directly on the blockchain without the need for intermediaries.
  19. Gaming: In the gaming industry, Smart Tokens could be used to create unique in-game items. Each token could represent a specific item, with properties such as the item’s stats, rarity, and ownership history encoded directly into the token. This could create a more immersive and personalized gaming experience, as players could truly own their in-game items and could trade or sell these items on a blockchain-based marketplace.
  20. Entertainment Industry: In the entertainment industry, Smart Tokens could be used to create a decentralized platform for content creators and fans. Each token could represent a piece of content, such as a song, movie, or book, and content creators could issue these tokens to raise funds for their projects. Fans who purchase these tokens could be rewarded with early access to the content, exclusive bonus content, or even a share of the revenue generated by the content. This could create a more direct and rewarding relationship between content creators and their fans.

In conclusion, Smart Tokens from Coreum represent a significant advancement in the field of blockchain technology. By combining the flexibility and programmability of smart contracts with the efficiency and security of native blockchain tokens, they offer a powerful tool for creating complex, customizable digital assets. Whether in the realm of DeFi, digital art, or beyond, the potential use cases for these innovative tokens are vast and exciting. The possibilities are only limited by imagination. As exploration and innovation continue, there’s no telling what might be achieved with this powerful new tool.

Article by Bob Ras, Co-Creator of Coreum

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