How U.S. Law Enforcement Agency Will Test Blockchain-Driven Shipping Tracking System?

How U.S. Law Enforcement Agency Will Test Blockchain-Driven Shipping Tracking System?

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is having plans to go for live testing of shipment tracking system that is based on blockchain technology. This is one of the biggest agencies in the country, and the agency is planning to integrate two separate systems during the upcoming test. Interestingly, the test will come on the heels of IBM launching TradeLens shipping solution to track supply chain. The company is planning to make it fully commercial before the current year ends.

Test to Determine

As far as the latest live testing, the integration will happen with the CPB’s legacy application apart from the blockchain driven platform and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The results of the test will settle the fate the distributed ledger technology’s (DLT) capability to improve the process of verification in respect of the origin of certificates from the partners of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, as well as, North American Free Trade Agreement, reported.

Similarly, the test will also decide as to whether it cuts down the procedure of resubmission of shipping data, which was a time consuming one. During the test of the solution, the organization plans to create standards of interaction. This is focused on various blockchains to make sure that every firm, as well as, the software could be connected to customs easily. In a nutshell, the agency does not want any additional customization of the tracking system.

CBP’s Transformation and Innovation Division director, Vincent Annunziato, thinks that different platforms of blockchain are not compatible enough at the moment. Therefore, he stressed that the importance is more on data security now. The agency is creating a proof-of-concept scheme so that it could manage the intellectual property rights. The director also pointed out that a lot will depend on the success of the blockchain project test. He believes that it will allow customers to identify whether any specific product is genuine or fake.

The law enforcement agency is coordinating with startups of blockchain like DHS Science and Technology Directorate and Factom on another project. The aim of such a project is to fight against the data interception from cameras and sensors on the border. During the last six months, the project is in a test field in Texas. There is a sense of fear that if anyone misses blockchain now, then they will find it tough to catch up. Therefore, they don’t mind investing in it.

Securing and Sharing of Data

Earlier, the DHS declared that it was getting ready to execute distributed ledger technology in not only securing the share but also storing of data gathered by different sources. This included sensors, security cameras, and internal databases. The objective of it is to curb data manipulation, as well as, possible hacking attacks on devices that are under operations in airports and borders.

Early this month, IBM and Maersk disclosed that about 95 organizations were involved in a shipping project powered by blockchain. The solution is known as “TradeLens,” and that managed to track more than 150 million shipping events.

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