Dutch Consortium Created to Work on Blockchain Technology For Logistics

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TU Delft, ABN-AMRO, SCF Community, Port of Rotterdam, Royal FloraHolland,  Smart Port and 10 other partners have joined up to create a new consortium to tackle a large-scale Blockchain project started in the logistics sector. The total size of the project is 2.2 million euros and it is a global first that starts a concrete Blockchain project at this level with the various stakeholders in a countries’ logistics sector. 

In this project, the use of Blockchain technology for logistics purposes will be concretely set up, tested and live-tested.

Johan Pouwelse, Project Manager and Associate Professor at TU Delft, confirmed this point:

“This project is not about discussing potential, we are actually going to put words into action.”

The final result of the project is centred on delivering three concrete Use Cases:

  • Chain financing
  • Supply financing
  • Circular economics

TU Delft will concentrate on creating an open-source core business infrastructure that will make the Blockchain suitable for mission critical usage. 

Martijn Siebrand, Supply Chain Finance Programme Manager, identified a wealth of opportunities for this project.

“If you ask me, using Blockchain technology for the financial routes in logistics is just the beginning. I see this as a stepping stone towards a logistics sector with improved collaboration throughout the entire chain.”

Partners

The 16-partner consortium features a balanced blend of various parties in the chain. TU Delft, Windesheim, the SCF Community, TNO, Centric, Exact, ABN AMRO, SmartPort, Royal FloraHolland, the Port of Rotterdam, FBBasic & Cirmar, BeScope Solutions, NBK, Innopay, and TransFollow together provide the force to drive this project to success.
This project is complementary to the public-private initiative to establish a national research institute for Blockchain (working title: Blockchain Core Competence Center), initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The Topconsortium voor Kennis en Innovatie Dinalog (‘Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation’, formerly TKI Logistiek) is focused on structurally stimulating and realising public-private collaboration in the field of research in the Logistics Top Sector. This concerns innovation through fundamental and applied research, alongside the valorisation and dissemination of expertise, experiences and results. United in the Topconsortium voor Kennis en Innovatie (TKI), Dinalog, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and TNO collaborate to boost innovation in the Logistics Top Sector.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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