By Pete Harris, Co-Founder and Research Principal
Our quarterly blog is getting a couple of tweaks for 2019. For starters, while blockchain will continue to be a key focus, the scope of this blog will widen a bit to also include “digital transformation” technologies that have a symbiotic relationship to blockchain, such as artificial intelligence and Internet-of-Things (IoT).
In addition, the blog will now cover technology developments driven by supply chain participants, in addition to those from vendors. What stays the same is our focus on the developments that really matter (not all the noise) and our expert ‘take’ to put news in context to make it useful.
This time, we’re covering the latest from Bumble Bee, Carrefour, Hyperledger, Mycrop, REI, Smartrac, Transmute and UPS. So let’s get stuck in.
Hyperledger Announces Grid Project
Hyperledger – an initiative within the Linux Foundation focused on the development and governance of open source blockchain technologies – has a history of abstract and esoteric names for its projects (now numbering a dozen). Burrow, Quilt and Ursa are examples. Now, we can add Grid to the ‘errr, what’s that?’ list. No, it’s not related to grid computing (which underpins cloud offerings) but it’s actually focused on supply chains.
Grid is not a full supply chain application. Rather, it is a set of components, or tools, that will allow developers to more rapidly and securely build supply chain functionality, such as track/trace, asset ownership and asset transformation. The project is leveraging data models from GS1, and other industry groups, and will create development toolkits and reference implementations to speed to development of full applications.