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Center for Supply Chain Studies launches blockchain research ••• Cross-platform tool from Synapse aids development of BLE devices ••• Frost & Sullivan honors Smartrac for its RFID solutions ••• Seldat Technology Services intros RFID-based warehouse-management system ••• eCOUNT Embedded offers flat-panel controller with integrated RFID reader, IIoT cloud connectivity ••• Venture Research unveils 4G LTE mobile solution with support for RFID, IoT.
By RFID Journal
Feb 01, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: The Center for Supply Chain Studies; Synapse; Frost & Sullivan, Smartrac; Seldat Technology Services; eCOUNT Embedded; and Venture Research.

Center for Supply Chain Studies Launches Blockchain Research

The Center for Supply Chain Studies has announced the launch of two new studies to assess and demonstrate the use of blockchain technology for health-care supply chain applications. The Center is wrapping up its "DSCSA & Blockchain: Phase 1" study, examining the potential use of blockchain technology to establish trust between trading partners. The next two collaborative studies will take that initial exploration to the next step, the organization reports.

"We gained incredibly valuable data and insight from the simulated Reference Models we developed in Phase 1," said Bob Celeste, the center's founder, in a prepared statmenent. "As an exploratory study, we experimented with the nuances of the supply chain, the DSCSA and blockchain to see how they may all fit together. The contribution of supply chain stakeholders and solution providers on the team created a rich environment that allowed us to test ideas and explore new ways to address drug traceability. Based on the success of Phase 1, it's time to take these findings out of the virtual environment and show the industry and regulators that they may indeed hold up under real-world conditions."

Using current blockchain technologies, database platforms and intelligence gleaned from "Phase 1", the first new study, titled "DSCSA & Blockchain Phase 2: Proof of Concept", will develop proof-of-concept pilots to demonstrate blockchain's viability for the pharmaceuticals supply chain. Working scenarios include trading partner methods, data governance, data-persistence and other processes. With plans to invite industry and the FDA, the center and study teams will exhibit these pilot results and artifacts to audiences this spring.

The second study, titled "Blockchain for the Cold Chain," will explore the feasibility of incorporating blockchain technology into the process of capturing and disseminating cold chain sensor data. The team will consider various sensor inputs, including data loggers, online sensors, binary indicators and more. If the simulations generate viable models, proof-of-concepts for cold chain may be among the demos presented.

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