June 25, 2024

SF Express will track deliveries of critical goods on the blockchain

China's second largest logistics service, SF Express, is exploring the use of blockchain totransporting critical goods during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company believes that blockchain may be usefulto track the origin and quality control of medical products. Although the scale and status of the implementation of the blockchain in SF Express is not detailed, the company “has already begun to establish use,” especially for the transport of drugs and food.

According to the Global Times publication, blockchainis seen as one of the key new technologies, along with big data and artificial intelligence, to help healthcare workers and other professionals deliver care during the pandemic.

SF Express combines blockchain with big datato create a logistics network that supports tracking, verification and accurate recording of goods. The system can determine the priority levels of deliveries, as well as reduce the risks of the distribution of counterfeit or unlicensed products in the regions.

This is not the first initiative related toblockchain, which appeared during the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, a consortium of Dutch companies launched the “Technology Against Coronavirus” initiative. Participating firms will provide the country's authorities with access to the latest technologies to combat the pandemic.

In addition, it recently became known that IBM,Oracle and the World Health Organization (WHO) are creating an open data center that will use blockchain to verify the accuracy of information related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Let us also recall that last weekThe US Department of Homeland Security has designated blockchain specialists as critical infrastructure workers, along with healthcare, pharmaceutical and food supply workers.