An experimental project has just been launched using Blockchain technology for freight transport on the Mediterranean-Rhone-Saone (MeRS) route.
The purpose of this project, led by the Inter-Ministerial Delegation for the development of the MeRS port and logistics route, is to implement a pilot demonstrator to test the security of the digital transport chain in order to improve the fluidity, safety and competitiveness of the logistics chain and the intermodal flow of goods on the target route.
The solution will create a chain of secure virtual documents and enable data sharing between bodies without a superstructure thanks to Blockchain technology that provides a certified interface between entities without the need for a trusted third-party.
These entities (shippers, carriers and multimodal operators) have also formed a consortium in order to join this project and provide their expertise.
Performance of the experiment has been entrusted to three businesses that specialise in logistics, digital solutions for the transport chain and Blockchain technology:
- Marseille Gyptis International (MGI), publisher of specialist software for tracking goods in ports and airports, is providing its knowledge on port collaboration;
- BuyCo, a collaborative platform for importers and exporters, will simplify operational processes for container transport;
- KeeeX offers a process for adding certification and operational metadata to a file, thereby creating tamper-proof digital originals without infrastructure, and a solution for creating tamper-proof sequences of enhanced and protected documents, events and data.
The proof-of-concept prototype will be launched in June 2019. It will initially focus on certain types of document, but will ultimately serve the whole logistics chain.
The MeRS project is supported and financed by Banque des Territoires (part of Caisse des Dépôts), Voies navigables de France (VNF), Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR) and the Marseille-Fos Port Authority (GPMM). This innovative and reproducible project could be marketed in all ports worldwide.
Read the press release on the GPMM website.