Large companies already use blockchain in logistics
Constant and reliable data, as well as the ability to monitor quickly. These and other qualities make blockchain necessary for freight transport companies. Logists are also attracted to the fact that smart contracts replace outdated workflow with invoices, and RFID tags allow to monitor the location of goods in real time.
The American corporation IBM has long been interested in the work of distributed registries and launched the IBM Food Trust system to track the food supply chain. The novelty was introduced by the French trading network Carrefour, represented in 33 countries of the world and has more than 12,000 stores. Also in the case of Nestle and other food industry giants.
Using blockchain, Maersk Shipping Corporation performs cargo tracking. In the course of the experiments, it turned out that about 30 subjects (individuals and legal entities) had previously participated in the process of transporting containers. In this case, about 200 interactions took place, each of which was accompanied by a new set of documents. The management of Maersk did not like the situation, and with IBM, the company brought all the workflow into the TradeLens smart contacts system. Currently, about a hundred companies and customs from five countries use this solution.
Blockchain in logistics in conjunction with the Internet of things
Logistics company AOS introduces the technology solution tracking cargoes and transport. IBM Blockchain and Watson IoT are used as the base.
The peculiarity of the technology is that trucks with high-frequency RFID sensors are not just read by the system, but are objects of the Internet of things. All information on the movement of goods is available for viewing in distributed registries.
Based on the foregoing, the main use of blockchain in logistics is the control of the supply chain. However, the “block chain” is also used in robomics. The concept of smart cities, which directly emerges from the Internet of things, implies contacts between closed systems. Communications should be carried out using reliable and controlled channels, which is blockchain. Thus, the robots will begin to provide each other services, including battery refueling and equipment repair. It is believed that robonics is the most promising area of the concept development of the Internet of things and blockchain. It is expected that a human will be spared from unnecessary workflow and routine actions.