Customs and protection of US borders to test the Blockchain shipping tracking system

One of the largest order forces in the United States, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will launch a live test of a blockchain-based shipment tracking system, tech news and the GSN media agency of 24 August.

In the next test, the CBP, according to reports, will combine two separate systems: the legacy application of the CPB and a platform operated by blockchain developed by the parent body of the agency – and the organization control of the country's borders – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The results of the test will determine how distributed ledger technology (DLP) is able to improve the process of verification of certificates of origin by the partners of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Free Trade Agreement of Central America, in addition to reducing the time expenditure procedure of resubmitting shipping data.

During the tests, the agency also intends to establish standards of interaction between different blockchains for sure that all companies and software will be easily connected to customs without the need for further customization.

Vincent Annunziato, director of the Transformation & Innovation Division of CBP, commented that at the moment various blockchain platforms are not compatible enough, underlining that ensuring data is security "of the utmost importance [sic]".

The CBP is also developing a proof-of-concept scheme for dealing with intellectual property rights. At this point, Annunziato stressed that the positive test of the blockchain project will allow consumers to define whether a particular product is authentic or not.

According to GSN, CBP is also collaborating with startup blockchains such as Factom and DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S & T) on another blockchain project to combat the interception of data from sensors and cameras on the border. The project refers to the stage of a six-month field test in Texas.

DHS had previously announced that it was preparing to implement blockchain technology to ensure the sharing and storage of data collected by security cameras, sensors and internal database devices at the beginning of 2017, to prevent data manipulation and potential hacking attacks on operational devices at borders and airports.

At the beginning of this month, IBM technology giant and Danish transport and logistics giant Maersk launched a dispatch project based joint blockchain, "TradeLens", with 95 organizations involved and 154 million events shipping already collected shipping events.

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