Groundbreaking technology and innovation infrastructure
In 2017 Sberbank created an infrastructure for implementing technological innovations and groundbreaking technologies. Nine internal laboratories were established:
We have set a key performance indicator for the laboratories: at least 70% of their innovations must be applied research performed at the request of the business units. At the same time, at least 15% of the pool of business cases with technological pilot projects have already entered industrial use.
Focusing on the needs of customers, in 2017 Sberbank tested several technological innovations related to ATMs: face recognition, video consultation, and the ability to perform cardless transactions.
Among the other important technological innovations, the first blockchain payment transaction in Russia organized by Sberbank CIB is worth mentioning. This project brought together experts from nearly all areas of the Bank — lawyers, information security specialists, back office employees and IT divisions, the technological innovation center and client managers. Sberbank’s partners and participants in the pilot transaction were MegaFon, MegaLabs, Alfa-Bank, and IBM. The participants were able to track the status of the transaction online and had access to the entire blockchain transaction history.
Ordinary bank transfers can take up to several hours, but the first blockchain transaction in Russia took place instantaneously. Accordingly, we see the value of the use of this technology for settlements primarily in terms of the speed of transfer. The created technological process will become the foundation for a new settlement function, which will ensure the high speed of payments while lowering costs on IT infrastructure and transaction fees.