Blockchain-based logistics company ShipChain has agreed a new partnership deal with GTX Corp, a provider of GPS and NFC tracking location-based services, which will see the firms work together to create a new global NFC blockchain shipment tracking system for temperature-sensitive cargo.
Under the agreement, ShipChain will use GTX’s wireless temperature-enabled NFC smart tags to track temperature-sensitive shipments, and record temperatures based on user-defined intervals and durations.
The partnership will also see other GTX NFC products integrated into ShipChain’s Track and Trace Platform to optimise data collection.
“ShipChain’s new partnership with GTX is another step toward reaching our goal: a transparent, unified, end-to-end logistics platform,” said John Monarch, ShipChain CEO.
“Until now, availability and cost of sensors was always a stumbling block. But GTX’s smart tags – integrated into ShipChain’s track and trace platform – provide a low cost, powerful tool to give our customers even more information about their shipments.”
“Now, we can provide new visibility into food quality, temperature history, location, and handler information. The possibilities are endless, and we cannot wait to watch this partnership unfold and evolve.”
The NFC tags provide real-time temperature sensing and data logging across the supply chain. The encrypted data collected from the tags will upload to the ShipChain blockchain backend, providing authentication and a chain of custody.
Integration between ShipChain and the GTX systems has already begun, and a first joint customer will be announced once all details have been finalised, the partners said.