Dutch Consortium Created to Work on Blockchain Technology For Logistics

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TU Delft, ABN-AMRO, SCF Community, Port of Rotterdam, Royal FloraHolland,  Smart Port and 10 other partners have joined up to create a new consortium to tackle a large-scale Blockchain project started in the logistics sector. The total size of the project is 2.2 million euros and it is a global first that starts a concrete Blockchain project at this level with the various stakeholders in a countries’ logistics sector.

In this project, the use of Blockchain technology for logistics purposes will be concretely set up, tested and live-tested.

Johan Pouwelse, Project Manager and Associate Professor at TU Delft, confirmed this point:

“This project is not about discussing potential, we are actually going to put words into action.”

The final result of the project is centred on delivering three concrete Use Cases:

  • Chain financing
  • Supply financing
  • Circular economics

TU Delft will concentrate on creating an open-source core business infrastructure that will make the Blockchain suitable for mission critical usage.

Martijn Siebrand, Supply Chain Finance Programme Manager, identified a wealth of opportunities for this project.

“If you ask me, using Blockchain technology for the financial routes in logistics is just the beginning. I see this as a stepping stone towards a logistics sector with improved collaboration throughout the entire chain.”

Partners

The 16-partner consortium features a balanced blend of various parties in the chain. TU Delft, Windesheim, the SCF Community, TNO, Centric, Exact, ABN AMRO, SmartPort, Royal FloraHolland, the Port of Rotterdam, FBBasic & Cirmar, BeScope Solutions, NBK, Innopay, and TransFollow together provide the force to drive this project to success.
This project is complementary to the public-private initiative to establish a national research institute for Blockchain (working title: Blockchain Core Competence Center), initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The Topconsortium voor Kennis en Innovatie Dinalog (‘Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation’, formerly TKI Logistiek) is focused on structurally stimulating and realising public-private collaboration in the field of research in the Logistics Top Sector. This concerns innovation through fundamental and applied research, alongside the valorisation and dissemination of expertise, experiences and results. United in the Topconsortium voor Kennis en Innovatie (TKI), Dinalog, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and TNO collaborate to boost innovation in the Logistics Top Sector.