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Last Updated : May 22, 2018 08:04 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

HCL Technologies joins blockchain alliance to boost transport sector

HCL Tech will help develop blockchain-based solutions for the transportation industry,

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HCL Technologies said on Tuesday it has joined the Blockchain in Transportation Alliance (BiTA), an organisation for determining best practices and standards for blockchain in the transportation industry.

Among BiTA’s members are Descartes, Daimler, FedEx, SAP and Uber Freight. HCL Tech will help develop blockchain-based solutions for the industry, the company said in a statement.

Blockchain is a technology that enables identifying and tracking transactions digitally and sharing this information across a distributed network of computers.

For the transportation industry, blockchain allows the ability to more effectively track goods and freight across the supply chain. The technology will allow transportation and logistics companies to operate in a more seamless and transparent manner.

It can also help create new revenue streams and value for customers by enabling a system of completing transactions, tracking shipments, and managing fleets.

“Blockchain technology will transform the supply chain by introducing greater transparency, innovation, and efficiency,” said Chris Burruss, President of BiTA in a statement. “We are fortunate to have member companies like HCL Technologies, who have experience with blockchain applications. They will be a key player in helping us develop blockchain standards in transportation.”

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To further promote broad adoption of blockchain, HCL developed the CoTrust Blockchain Application Platform that enables rapid development and deployment of blockchain applications from across several blockchain engines.

The CoTrust Blockchain Application Platform offers services with key features, such as a managed platform, end-to-end security, automated on-boarding, and structured APIs.

“HCL’s partnership with BiTA, and working alongside other global industry leaders in transportation, logistics, and supply chain, will allow us to engage in the development of standards for how blockchain technology will be used in such transportation activities as track and trace, provenance, smart contract management, compliance management, and fraud detection,” said Ajay Bahl, Executive Vice President and Head of Public Services and Manufacturing Business (North America) at HCL Technologies.

HCL's Maninder Singh, Corporate Vice President - CyberSecurity Services had told Moneycontrol earlier that the company is studying blockchain, which would "impact cybersecurity dramatically, in a positive way".
First Published on May 22, 2018 07:37 pm
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