Together with well-known partners IBM wants to bring the Blockchain technology into supermarkets. Why should that be good? It is all about the protection against food contamination.
Not only in the field of artificial intelligence, IBM is trying for some years to develop a new pioneering position. The blockchain technology has also affected the IT dinosaur from the USA. So IBM has a collaboration with Nestlé, Unilever, Walmart and seven other companies from the food industry announced to using its own block chain platform to get the global problem of food contamination under control.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 600 million people suffer from contaminated food every year. It is estimated that 420,000 even die from the diseases caused by bacteria, chemicals, viruses or toxins. Companies are also feeling this: expensive recalls and food waste are exacerbated by the lack of access to information in the supply chain.
The Blockchain could solve these problems in the future. Through a digital and decentrally organized database, information can be retrieved quickly and forgery-proof. In this way, the origin of food along a supply chain could be represented so that it can be traced by the consumer in the supermarket, for example, by smartphone. IBM is also pursuing this goal: The company’s cloud-based blockchain platform is intended to help customers set up and operate a decentralized network. Technically, the platform is based on the open source software Hyperledger Fabric .
IBM has been testing Blockchain technology for some time
It is not the first project of this kind by IBM. As early as March, the computer pioneer had joined forces with the well-known shipping company Maersk to develop the first blockchain applications for the shipping and logistics industry. Based on the technology, for example, papers and documents from millions of freight containers worldwide can be easily managed and tracked. Used on a large scale, the industry hopes to save billions.