The US Department of Defense says that blockchain technology has a "huge" potential to help improve disaster relief efforts.
The Defense Logistics Agency troop support division held a meeting at the start of this month in Philadelphia to understand how Blockchain could help his already "successful" assistance efforts in Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricane Mary in 2017. The meeting was hosted by the & # 39; Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) office of Troop Support.
"The potential is absolutely enormous," said IPI's management analyst Elijah Londo, according to a report by the DLA. "We talk about blockchain and you will hear experts compare them to transform trust or transactions in the same way that the Internet has changed communication."
Currently, DLA tracks logistics processes through centrally managed systems, which makes it difficult for the parties involved to synchronize data and ensure that everyone is tracking correct and up-to-date information. Using blockchain technology, the agency could track data and thus improve supply chain transaction processes and in-transit visibility of shipments, he said in the report.
"This is where I can see where blockchain would have been of great help [in the relief efforts]. Fluid material specifications and tracking data from the manufacturer who buys raw materials to … get transport and unload it on barges, "said Marko Graham, Deputy Director of Construction and Equipment at DLA.
The CPI is working on ways to improve its services with US Commissioner Transportation and Colossus Maersk, who has already partnered with IBM to build a supply chain platform using blockchain tech.
"We are looking for technology, we are becoming as smart as possible about what it is, what the industry is saying about it, how it could be the future, how it applies to supply chains and how other industries they're using, we're doing our due diligence. "
Potential use cases of blockchain are increasingly being examined by other US government agencies. At the beginning of this month, the Department of Homeland Security said it was analyze, search, watch to improve its ability to prevent the use of false documentation with blockchain solutions and offered grants of up to $ 800,000 to startups to help that work.
And, last year, the US Navy innovation arm revealed that it wanted to examine whether the blockchain can bring greater security to its production systems.
Image of hurricane efforts in the United States via DLA