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A Modern Approach to Seafood Traceability with Blockchain Technology from Sawtooth

Blockchain Partners-2Hyperledger Sawtooth is an enterprise blockchain platform for building distributed ledger applications and networks. The design philosophy targets keeping ledgers distributed and making smart contracts safe, particularly for enterprise use.

A “distributed ledger” is another term for a blockchain. It distributes a database (a ledger) of transactions to all participants in a network (also called peers or nodes). There is no central administrator or centralized data storage. In essence, it is distributed, immutable, and secure.

Sawtooth simplifies blockchain application development by separating the core system from the application domain. Application developers can specify the business rules appropriate for their application, using the language of their choice, without needing to know the underlying design of the core system.

Built by Intel, an AWS Partner Network (APN) Advanced Technology Partner with the AWS Internet of Things (IoT) Competency, Sawtooth’s core design allows applications to choose the transaction rules, permissioning, and consensus algorithms that support their unique business needs.

Sawtooth validators can be run from pre-built Docker containers and launched on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Revolutionizing the Seafood Supply Chain

Here’s an example of where Sawtooth and blockchain are being used to improve processes by merging the digital and physical worlds. In the seafood industry, Sawtooth records the journey of seafood from ocean to table.

IoT sensors can be attached to any object—fish, for example—that is entrusted to someone else for transport, with trackable ownership, possession, and telemetry parameters such as location, temperature, humidity, motion, shock, and tilt. The final buyer can access a complete record of information and trust that the information is accurate and complete.

Issues with the traditional seafood industry supply chain include error-prone, laborious manual record keeping; improper food storage conditions; illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing practices; and seafood fraud (mislabeling). These issues can compromise food security and product quality while threatening the seafood industry’s economic security.

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Advantages of Blockchain-Operated Supply Chain

Revolutionizing the seafood supply chain is just one example of the many ways Sawtooth can have real-world benefits, including:

  • Transparency results in trust throughout the supply chain
  • Levels the playing field for suppliers and rewards good practices
  • Automation saves time and operating costs
  • Vendors and consumers know what they’re getting and get what they’re paying for

Blockchain offers a unique ability for firms to share selected information with their customers. A primary benefit is sharing the provenance or traceability, and the Sawtooth platform enables users to design custom solutions for their supply chain.

Video: Supply Chain Provenance with Hyperledger Sawtooth

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