The Blockchain Opportunity For Governments

Barcelona, November 2, 2021.- The prestigious Forbes magazine has published an analysis on blockchain technology and its competitive advantages for Public Administrations. We have to ask ourselves how they will adopt this technology, not when …

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In US and European warehouses, the boom in online shopping during the pandemic has accelerated…

Barcelona, October 19, 2021.- The prestigious English newspaper, Financial Times, has published a report on the coexistence between human beings and machines, in industries such as logistics, it is already happening today.

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“The workers who fuel the global supply chain warned of a possible systems collapse if solutions aren’t found”

Barcelona, October 5, 2021.- Technological advances will drive the evolution of the human being. However, the current Post Covid19 economic situation needs to analyze the present, the macro and micro uncertainties. According to Business Insider, we need to find solutions for professionals who maintain international trade.

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—> Real Drone Delivery

Barcelona, September 21, 2021.- Australia accumulates 2 years with real logistics drone flights from real businesses. The operator Wing explains below what this experience has been like and the promising future for small cargo and on close flights. The technology associated with logistics drones has a fantastic future, especially when it is extended to large cities around the world.

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AndSoft will present, during the Paris SITL, an improved software for European sustainable transport and our contribution to the digital transformation

Barcelona, 6st of September 2021.-  AndSoft, is a European company that develops software for transport and logistics, that will be presenting, at the E65 stand at the SITL in Paris (13th -15th of September), the latest developments that are in accordance with the specific solutions for the decarbonization of the transportation world and its digital transformation. These two goals are the main strategies of the European Community regarding Funds for the Post COVID Recovery. AndSoft will present its 2020-2021 innovations, that will center around four basic points:

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Boston Dynamics innovates robots that will boost the efficiency of logistics warehouses

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Smart contracts are self-executing contracts where the parties agree on various stipulations and exceptions…

Barcelona, August 17, 2021.- JDSUPRA has configured the following information about the benefits of Blockchain technology with intelligent contracts for employers. The digital transformation in which we are living invites to know all the details of implementation and development of Blockchain technology in all economic sectors.

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Data for reflection: technology as a vertebrator axis of european economies

Barcelona, August 10, 2021.- The analysis you are going to read below has been developed entirely by the European Council on Foreign Relations. Examine the qualitative importance of technology in the old continent. Undoubtedly, a document for consultation and recommendation.

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#Metaverse: Microsoft explains how artificial intelligence will create a digital twin of our reality

Barcelona, August 3, 2021.-

OpenAI has disbanded its robotics team after years of research into machines that can learn…

Barcelona, July 27, 2021.- The present and the future of artificial intelligence where it will reach its maximum development in the hardware or software? OpenAi answers this question in the following information published by Venture Beat:

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#AI: new skills in supply chain

Barcelona, July 13, 2021.- The Magazine Supply Chain Management Review has published a great report on the present and future of the Artificial Intelligence. The main conclusions, here:

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Artificial intelligence, blockchain and the future of Europe: How disruptive technologies create opportunities

Barcelona, July 6, 2021.- On June 1, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Commission published a new study (online summary here) on the state of play in artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies in the European Union: “Artificial intelligence, blockchain and the future of Europe: How disruptive technologies create opportunities for a green and digital economy.” The study was produced by the EIB’s Innovation Finance Advisory team in close collaboration with DG CONNECT under the InnovFin programme – a joint EIB and European Commission initiative to support Europe’s innovators.

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Support and storage operations that can already be robotized / automated

Barcelona, June 29, 2021.- A Demo de Agility Robotics shows two robbakers moving boxes in a warehouse. Each logistics entrepreneur will decide if this option is more profitable, more efficient and is the beginning of greater automation of warehouses.

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Artificial Intelligence will increase convenience by increasing efficiency across the entire retail ecosystem

Barcelona, June 22, 2021.- Artificial Intelligence technology reaches maturity, along with machine learning, neural networks and blockhain. TechWire Asia has published a report on the consequences of AI on ecommerce and traditional stores of a lifetime.

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Kate Crawford: “Atlas of AI”, looks at what it takes to make AI and what’s at stake as it reshapes our world

Barcelona, June 15, 2021.- The British newspaper The Guardian has published an interview with Kate Crawford, author of the book “Atlas of AI”. Her statements are forceful: “AI is neither artificial nor intelligent”.

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“Blockchain technology will likely revolutionize the way we live and work”

Barcelona, June 8, 2021.- According to a short-term analysis by Accenture, Blockchain technology will likely revolutionize the way we live and work. It has the potential to give us greater control over our healthcare and well-being, provide greater insight into the origins and quality of the food we eat and the products we buy, financial transactions will execute faster and be simultaneously more transparent and private, and business will be conducted with greater efficiency and less risk.

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Data is the largest digital asset that we own, but it is difficult to monetize this personal data on an individual level

Barcelona, June 1, 2021.- TechBullion has highlighted an analysis of blockchain technology in the management of our personal data. A decisive advance for the next few years.

Blockchain has proven to be one of the most disruptive technologies of the last decade. Initially conceived as a fair, trustless, and transparent way to record data and transfer value, blockchain-based projects and solutions have grown immensely over the last several years and have transformed the way we approach everything from healthcare, education, and governance, to entertainment, fintech, supply chain, and more.

Many of the changes that blockchain has brought about have been widely documented on the global and industrial scale, but as improvements are made in blockchain-based technologies, we are now able to leverage this bleeding-edge tech to empower users on an individual level.

For example, consider logistics and supply chain operations. While blockchain technologies can streamline the way the supply chain functions, they can also lower transaction costs for small businesses. Within those businesses, blockchain can also be used for granular analytics, payments, permissioning, and more – all on the level of the individual.

In the same manner, with the right tools in place, private individuals can now take control of their personal data – the same data that has built multi billion-dollar empires such as Google, Facebook, Snapchat and more. While these centralized platforms have been instrumental in the advancement of fast, modern, low-cost applications for every imaginable use-case, they were built by leveraging vast amounts of private user data often without the direct consent of the user and certainly without the user’s control over the data that was collected and monetized by these centralized entities.

Data has long been recognized as a valuable digital asset, but traditional, centralized platforms (often referred to as Web 2.0) deprived users of the ability to control and/or monetize their data. Data is the largest digital asset that we own, but it is difficult – in fact until now it has been impossible – to monetize this personal data on an individual level. At present, private individuals freely hand over this data to large, centralized companies who monetize it to their own advantage, with little to no benefit accruing to the true owners and producers of that data.

Blockchain technology has the potential to unite supply chain and logistics partners in a way that many likely never thought possible

Barcelona, May 25, 2021.- Food Logistics magazine has published a very interesting report on the application of Blockchain solutions in the food supply chain. An exciting challenge for the coming months and that he has explained with these arguments:

Touted as a way to reduce the abundance of emails, spreadsheets, manual labor and data silos that supply chain managers have grown accustomed to, blockchain seems almost too good to be true. Despite claims of it being an overhyped technology, blockchain can be transformative if careful consideration is given to the problem it will solve and the quality of data that is supplied. There are many questions that need to be addressed before a supply chain use case is considered. They may include: How accurate and complete is the company’s data? Is blockchain really the right solution, or can this problem be solved another way?

Early adopters are finding that applying blockchain to supply chain use cases can expose unique data sharing and digitization challenges.  According to a study by Gartner, 80% of supply chain blockchain initiatives will remain at a proof-of-concept or pilot stage through 2022 because supply chain use cases still rely heavily on analog data. Researchers state that the need to digitally capture data from a multitude of sources is critical to achieving a requisite level of visibility that leads to blockchain maturity.  

Blockchain use cases in the supply chain require a foundation based on global data standards. Key food industry players have discovered that an adherence to global data standards, such as GS1 Standards, is a critical part of preparing for this heightened level of automated and external data sharing.

The food industry is under pressure to step up traceability after an abundance of recalls and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiling of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety last spring. In this plan, the agency called for a greater exploration of technology to modernize the supply chain and a stronger commitment to traceability to protect the public health. This activity, coupled with the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) traceability rules, means food companies will need to take action to digitize their supply chains. They will now be expected to possess far greater traceability capabilities than the minimal “one up, one down” record-keeping that is in place today, where a company may only have knowledge of where a product has come from and where it is going.

GS1 Standards give food supply chain partners the ability to share data among different information systems, so they can essentially speak the same language and carefully map their blockchain ecosystem. Standards also enable data capture and transactions between partners to be completed automatically, without the need for manual look-ups and conversions or follow-up with customers and suppliers to check basic facts about invoices, credits, delivery receipts, stock numbers, quantities, units of measure, purchase orders and other data sets being placed on a blockchain. 

One particular standard that is foundational to data exchange in a blockchain implementation is called Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS). Think of EPCIS as a standardized application program interface (API). Typically, an API is used to specify how software components should interact. EPCIS removes barriers that can be caused by the use of disparate, proprietary data systems. It allows businesses to capture and share information about the movement and status, the what, where, when and why of products, logistics units and other assets in the supply chain. 

With standards in place, a company testing blockchain is also more likely to commit to effective data quality management, with strict data governance and attention to detail before any data is shared externally. Without standards-based collaboration for data sharing systems, manufacturers and their partners risk creating and sharing an expensive and inefficient ledger of potentially bad data.

The root causes of data quality issues are usually basic inaccuracies (errors during item setup, for example) or incompleteness (a lack of full product attributes in a listing). Think of blockchain as a mechanism to record data. It has the unique features of immutability, more security and smart contracts to execute predetermined terms and conditions. However, it is not designed to add data where none exists or to fix errors. If supply chain partners are identifying products according to GS1 Standards and capturing and sharing data in a standards-based framework, data can be transmitted in more consistent formats in order to feed quality information to a blockchain.

Quality data is imperative to achieving the most popular blockchain use cases in the food industry right now—food safety and product information transparency. Without complete and accurate information, recalls can be slowed down or allergens may not be properly declared, but both can put consumers at risk. In an industry where all trading partners should be working toward the common goal of food safety, it is worth the investment of time and effort to ensure data quality issues are dealt with before errors become unchangeable through blockchain.  

Companies cannot simply go “get a blockchain” on their own. The full trading partner network has to be open and ready to implement the technology for it to fully function as intended. Sometimes, that network can achieve a supply chain use case such as traceability or transparency even without the use of blockchain, through standards-based collaboration.

The Independent Purchasing Cooperative (IPC), the supply chain purchasing organization for Subway restaurants, is one example of a company that evaluated blockchain and found that their existing systems based on GS1 Standards were already capable of doing what blockchain could do. Now, their blockchain initiative has been paused while the organization focuses on bringing more of their partners on board with the standards that will eliminate manual work and provide the best foundation for food traceability. Collaborating with partners is now the focus.

“Having all parties using standard unique identifiers for products and locations and being able to capture and share data so it’s all easily understood from system to system is the critical starting point. With traceability, it is in everyone’s best interest to start with a single source of the truth. Standards provide data consistency as the information and products move between partners,” says Lucelena Angarita, director, supply chain systems and standards at IPC Subway.  

IPC and others like them are not swearing off blockchain altogether. Instead they are finding that there are aspects of it, such as smart contracts and the ability to automate accounts receivable and accounts payable processes, that can be useful in the future. While a company may not choose to continue with a full implementation of blockchain, the exploration of blockchain forces them to take a closer look at how to support a future where massive amounts of data will be shared in new ways. 

This is really what’s at the heart of the blockchain explosion—a renewed interest in sharing quality data farther and faster. Even though blockchain remains in a nascent stage, supply chain managers are faced with tremendous pressure to innovate quickly. Taking a thoughtful and coordinated approach to preparing for a new frontier of digital transformation now ensures the supply chain of tomorrow will operate with more fluidity and consistency. 

Global vaccination against COVID19 benefits from blockchain technology

Barcelona, May 4, 2021.- Today we highlight a report from the IOT For All magazine where it explains the advantages of Blockchain technology in the global distribution of vaccines against COVID19. These success stories will undoubtedly serve to consolidate this technology in supply chains.

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Blockchain has been long touted as a technology that can improve nearly every component of the pharmaceutical value chain

Barcelona, April 27, 2021.- Pharmaceutical Technology has published an interesting reflection on blockchain technology in the pharmaceutical sector, both the benefits of information transparency and the collection of data from clinical trials.

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Coinbase’s entry into Wall Street marks a before and after for the future of #cryptocurrencies and #blockchain

Barcelona, April 20, 2021.- Digital currencies, cryptocurrencies have existed, until now, outside the regulation and standards of traditional financial markets, central banks, etc. Digital currencies are possible thanks to blockchain technology. They are the obverse and reverse of the same coin, never better said.

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The gifts of blockchain technology are extraordinary

The gifts of blockchain technology are extraordinary. It is our best defense against the threats of theft, fraud and hackers, and can bring needed efficiency to every aspect of the digital landscape. Enterprises need to ensure some level of security, privacy, compliance and performance that only a private blockchain can provide.

Barcelona, April 13, 2021.- DevOPS.com magazine published an interesting analysis on the different characteristics of Blockchain technology, both in the midst of the global pandemic in 2020, and today.

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The digital transformation of the warehouse, key to all supply chains

Barcelona, March 25, 2021.Kaleidoskope International has published an analysis of great interest on the influence of Blockchain technology in the digital transformation of the Warehouse. His diagnosis is as follows:

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Top 10 supply chain and logistics trends fueled by digital ecosystems

Barcelona, March 4, 2021.- Mike Walker, Director of Applied Innovation at Microsoft, has published in Forbes magazine an interesting analysis on the implications of Blockchain technology in Logistics.

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Blockchain Technology Solutions: What is Self-Sovereign Identity and what is it for?

Barcelona, February 24, 2021.- Blockchain is the provision of decentralized information, in other characteristics. The application of Blockchain technology to the daily life of citizens increases. Today we talk about the Self-Soverign Identity solution according to the information published by BSI Solutions:

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Success against # COVID19 should thank blockchain solutions in critical scenarios

Barcelona, February 13, 2021.- Blockchain technology has been implemented in several critical scenarios against the global COVID-19 pandemic. Both in the logistics of the different vaccines, as in the capillary distribution. The following report published by IoT For All is very detailed and surprising:

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#Blockchain technology participates in the global distribution of vaccines against #COVID-19

Barcelona, January 14, 2021.- Software.org the BSA Foundation is an independent and nonpartisan international research organization aimed at educating policymakers and the broader public about the hugely positive impact that software has on our lives, our economy, and our society . Software.org has published a report on the importance of software developers and different technologies, such as Blockchain, in distributing the vaccines against COVID-19. These are its main conclusions:

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Interesting #Blockchain project of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer

Barcelona, January 4, 2021.- Outsourcing Pharma.com magazine published the experience of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer in a Blockchain project a few months ago. Pfizer today markets one of the world’s first COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines. We publish below an extract of the most interesting published by this logistics magazine.

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The #Blockchain Keys to Improve India’s Supply Chain

Barcelona, December 24, 2020.- Maritime Gateway magazine has published a very interesting report on the advances of Blockchain technology in India, one of the most populated countries in the world, along with China. Blockchain will help overcome historical inefficiencies in India in this way:

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#Blockchain infrastructure for two major China Ports

Barcelona, November 24, 2020.- The freight ports are also committed today to digitize themselves, to implement the latest technologies to gain efficiency, productivity and profitability. Chinese ports have turned to Blockchain technology as a secure technology solution. As reported by The Chain Bulletin:

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