VeChain: Blockchain Tracking of Luxury Goods
What is VeChain (VEN)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sln7oKRqlmg The most publicised use case for the Vechain blockchain is a system used to track and authenticate luxury goods. Vechain aren't just building a blockchain and waiting for companies to use their network. They are manufacturing IoTs sensors, tags and RFID devices which can be sewn in handbags or stuck to bottles of wine. VeChain is solving a common customer problem and pain-point. Counterfeit goods cost the United States $29 billion to $41 billion annually, and if you have ever bought anything on eBay, you know that while you can take certain measures to ensure the authenticity of the item, there is always going to be some trust/risk involved. Sensors and internet of things devices in particular have a strong use case with blockchain. A network is only as secure as its weakest node. The hacking of printers, RFID tags, smart devices and other IOTs devices, is a common problem. The blockchain is immutable. Entries are encrypted and final, and can’t be changed. Vechain plans to let these RFID sensor add transactions to the ledger, so they don’t require any human intervention. RFID tags can also read data at a distance. Toll booths are a good example. Depending on the system, you can drive through a toll at the speed limit, and it will read your RFID and charge an account. Just to be clear, Vechain isn’t going to make toll readers, but it is a clear example of the accuracy of this kind of technology. VeChain could use the technology to count a crate of wine bottles that can be pushed into a warehouse and forgotten about. Information about it would be verified hashed and written it into every new block.
Vechain Coin For Supply Chain ManagementIt isn’t just counterfeit goods that Vechain has chosen to focus on. Supply chain management and food transportation/storage are other areas that they have identified the blockchain could bring utility to. Vechain are also heavily invested in building inhouse RFID technology and IoTs sensors. This is good for the Vechain blockchain network and price of Vechain because more applications should equate to quicker adoption, and worthwhile information for the consumer. Recording temperature for perishable goods will save money on waste and help companies identify problems in logistics and supply chains. Boxmining has an example that I really like about transporting sushi. sushi needs to be kept at below 5 degrees to be considered safe to eat. What if, on the way to the supermarket or food court it heats up? The truck driver might even know that the fridge isn’t working, but if he/she drops it off and drives on to the next delivery it won’t ever come back to them, will it? The Vechain mobile application is already available on the Apple store and Google store. This is the consumer’s side of Vechain. If you want to check the authenticity of an item in your possession. You could see things like who’s owned it? where it has been? and how frequently it was used? When you think about it, it is a little unnerving how many machines, people and floors our food must touch, and we know nothing about it.
Vechain’s Internet of Things Devices
“VeChain uses a mixture of blockchain technology and their own smart chip to track items throughout their lifecycle. The smart chip can be implemented in many different IoT items such as NFC chips, RFID trackers, or QR codes.” The VeChain 3.0 chip is encrypted and each device creates its own private key for signing transactions similar to a hardware wallet. Each item, bag, bottle is linked to a one-time card/tag. If the card is broken or separated from the device it is no longer valid, but it further reinforces that idea that the chip is an inseparable part of the item, and they won’t be shared or copied to pass of fraudulent items. VeChain are making a wide variety of sensors to add functionality to their network. They have environmental sensors that measure temperature/humidity/barometric pressure, inertial sensors for accelerometer/gyroscope/compass, gas sensors, and GPS/Glonass/Beidou positioning sensors.