Smucker’s works with Farmer Connect for blockchain-based coffee transparency

The J.M. Smucker Company is working to 'pioneer a new era in coffee transparency' by utilising blockchain technology.

Smucker's is partnering with Farmer Connect, a startup which utilises IBM's blockchain to tackle traceability in the farm-to-fork journey. The company came to prominence when launching its consumer-facing provenance app at this year's CES - which until this year was hardly a hive of blockchain activity.

Now, that consumer-facing app has a major client on...

Port of Rotterdam launches blockchain pilot, picks up from IoT projects

The Port of Rotterdam is undertaking a blockchain-based pilot project around container handling, following on from its various initiatives around the Internet of Things (IoT).

The latest project, as detailed on the port's website, is focused around handling and releasing containers without a PIN code. The Secure Container Release application will replace the PIN code with a digital signal, utilising blockchain technology to ensure authorisations are not stolen or copied along the...

Daimler explores decentralised data offering in Ocean Protocol collaboration

Daimler, the automotive manufacturer behind the Mercedes-Benz brand among others, is working with Singapore-based Ocean Protocol on a pilot project for 'decentralised data orchestration.'

The project, claimed as a success by both parties, is focused around Ocean Protocol's 'compute-to-data' solution, which aims to enable companies to share, buy, and sell data while maintaining privacy.

Ocean Protocol's wider vision is to coalign blockchain and artificial intelligence...

EU health blockchain consortium PharmaLedger reveals first use cases

PharmaLedger, a European Union-centric healthcare blockchain consortium, has announced its first eight use cases.

Representatives of the 29 entities in the consortium achieved what PharmaLedger described as the 'first major milestone on [a] three-year collaboration journey to deliver a common and widely trusted blockchain-based platform and use case reference implementations for supply chain, clinical trials and health data.'

Among the use cases which are being explored...

UNICEF’s Cryptocurrency Fund pings ETH to educational emerging economy startups

The UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund has announced its latest graduates for funding, with a focus on technology providers in developing and emerging economies.

The fund will invest 125 ETH - around $30,000 USD - in eight companies, part of a wider group of 40 startups which have graduated from UNICEF's innovation fund: Afinidata, Avyantra, Cireha, Ideasis, OS City, StaTwig, Somleng, and Utopic.

Afinidata, based in Guatemala, has an AI-based app which provides parents with...

Deloitte’s 2020 Global Blockchain Survey: How blockchain is becoming a ‘true strategic priority’

Blockchain is undergoing a 'compelling' evolution from being an experimental technology to a true strategic priority for organisations, according to Deloitte's latest Global Blockchain Survey.

The study, the third edition which polled almost 1,500 senior executives across 14 countries, found that two in five (39%) companies had already moved their blockchain projects to production - a significant climb from 23% this time last year.

This makes for interesting reading when...

Blockchain-based electric vehicle charging and integration set to tip $1bn by end of decade

The combined markets of blockchain-based electric vehicle charging and grid integration is forecast to break $1 billion by the end of the decade at a CAGR of 77.9%, according to a new report.

The study, from Guidehouse Insights, argues that through in-house or working with consortia, increasing numbers of traditional energy stakeholders are experimenting with blockchain technology. Such use cases 'have emerged as technologically sound and feasible within the regulatory and...

Blockchain, AI, IoT and 5G to add $30bn to Sydney economy in 10 years, says Digital Realty

The combination of artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G technologies will contribute more than AU$30 billion to Sydney's economy by 2029 - according to new research from Digital Realty.

As reported by IT Brief Australia, the data centre operator argues that Sydney is leading Australia in digital technology adoption. As of 2019, emerging technologies currently contribute AU$6.66bn to the Sydney economy, with IoT counting for half of that...

Nervos looking to attract dapp developers with CKLabs funding project

Nervos has launched CKLabs, a project which is putting up $100,000 for teams looking to build a killer decentrealised application on its platform.

As announced in a blog post published by the company, Nervos, a competitor of Ethereum, is launching CKLabs as 'the next phase' of the network, expanding its utility with dapps and more sophisticated solutions.

"Nervos was designed to be a sustainable network capable of supporting a growing digital economy," the company wrote....

TIXnGO launches blockchain-based health certificates aiming to help ease lockdowns

Swiss blockchain firm TIXnGO, whose platform has been taken up by various sporting bodies, has announced the launch of a secure health certificate mobile delivery offering.

The solution, called Health n Go, is a repurposing of the existing TIXnGO blockchain-based technology, which aims to enable secure ticket distribution. Health n Go 'is designed to safely deliver digital health certificates from a trusted authority', with a unique, encrypted, traceable identity attached to each...