HS2 implements blockchain technology into its supply chain

High Speed Train

HS2, the controversial high speed railway being developed from London to Manchester, has begun to implement blockchain in parts of its procurement pipeline.

Major construction companies Costain, Skanska and Strabag took part in the trial, with oversight being provided by professional services firm Deloitte.

Deloitte’s blockchain lead, Alexander Marx, spoke at New Civil Engineer’s TechFest on December 2 about the benefits this will bring.

Explaining the...

Circulor clinches £9.9m investment to boost sustainable supply chain traceability

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Circulor, a provider of supply chain traceability and dynamic CO2 tracking, has closed $14m (£9.92) in Series A funding to accelerate its rapid growth. 

The Westly Group led the round with participation from Salesforce Ventures, BHP Ventures, Future Positive Capital, 24Haymarket and Sky Ocean Ventures. Existing investors in the company include Boeing HorizonX, Volvo Cars Technology Fund, Jaguar Land Rover's CVC arm, InMotion Ventures, SYSTEMIQ, Plug and Play and...

Blockchain in healthcare: The applications which are potentially ‘transformational’

Feature From South Korea to the US, governments this year have been trying to develop blockchain-based technologies to track citizens’ vaccination status whilst maintaining a respect for individual privacy. Aside from the controversies of this topic, the situation has thrust blockchain’s potential in the healthcare industry into the limelight moreso than ever before, at a time when the industry faces an increasing number of challenges.

With developed countries spending an...

SBI Sumishin Net Bank partners with DLT Labs on supply chain financing network

Japan’s largest digital bank, SBI Sumishin Net Bank (SSNB), have entered into a joint venture with DLT Labs to offer a blockchain-based supply chain financing network across Japan, with wide applications to industrial partners, the banking sector, as well as clients.

The supply chain financing network will be powered by DLT Labs' blockchain development platform and will provide end-to-end supply chain financing designed to integrate with clients’ supply chains.

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Featured: The Block’s list of innovative blockchain companies to look out for in 2021

Feature 2021 is going to be an exciting year for blockchain technologies. The launch of Ethereum 2.0, the ongoing volatility of Bitcoin and the intriguing use cases arising from DeFi will continue apace, while enterprise opportunities, from finance, to energy and sustainability, to the wider supply chain, remain.

The Block has selected seven companies to feature for 2021. Read their stories below:

Butterfly Protocol

Butterfly Protocol's goal is to provide a...

TruTrace and Applied DNA Sciences collaborate on blockchain-based cannabis validation

Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) and TruTrace Technologies (TruTrace) are cooperating to create a platform that offers end-to-end traceability and transparency within the cannabis industry.

Their integrated solution combines TruTrace’s blockchain-based SaaS (software as a service), StrainSecure, with APDN’s molecular tagging system, CertainT, to deliver a secure platform that will increase supply chain visibility.

TruTrace’s software is currently used throughout global...

NHS works with Hedera Hashgraph and Everyware to monitor Covid-19 vaccine storage

The National Health Service (NHS) is working with Hedera Hashgraph and digital asset tracking and monitoring provider Everyware to monitor cold storage equipment being used to store Covid-19 vaccines.

Certain Covid-19 vaccines, such as the vaccine developed by Pfizer which was approved for use in the UK in December, require exact cold storage for ideal efficacy. Centralised distribution centres and transportation units can store the vaccine at the recommended -70°C for up to 10...

Covalent and IBM partnership looks to fashion sustainability through blockchain

IBM and fashion brand Covalent are teaming up to explore the carbon footprint and supply chain of the latter's products.

Covalent, a brand recently launched by sustinabile technology provider Newlight Technologies, provides fasion accessories, including eyewear and handbags. The company's products are made using AirCarbon, a biomaterial which is meltable and can be used as an alternative to plastic and leather.

The brand will use IBM's blockchain to create a verified...

Everledger and Rare Carat continue partnership for blockchain diamond provenance

Rare Carat, a jewellery marketplace provider, and blockchain technology firm Everledger are teaming up to deliver greater transparency and sustainability information on diamonds in the former's marketplace.

The companies noted the latest Everledger platform 'specifically aids demand generation for retailers searching for diamonds based on their sustainability efforts, credentials and compliance standards', as well as 'matching suppliers who want to securely share this valuable...

Jaguar Land Rover invests in Circulor for blockchain-based supply chain sustainability

InMotion, the venture capital arm of Jaguar Land Rover, has announced an undisclosed investment in blockchain technology provider Circulor.

Circulor, based in the United Kingdom and Ireland, offers 'traceability as a service', to enable tracing of raw materials throughout a global supply chain. Using a combination of GPS, biometrics and QR codes, as well as blockchain, movement of raw materials can be digitally verified at all points of the process.

The investment 'will...