German Research Institute To Use Blockchain For Radio-Frequency ID Sensor Systems

The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS), based in Dresden, Germany, intends to use Blockchain concepts for the development of wireless radio-frequency identification (RFID) sensor systems in the logistics sector, according to a Feb. 22 press release.

The use of Blockchain solutions for the decentralized storage of data generated by RFID sensors could be made possible in this context through unique approaches to each client. Fraunhofer IPMS develops individual hardware and software solutions for its customers and analyzes their individual requirements using simulations.

Although Fraunhofer IPMS does not yet offer a finished product with Blockchain integration, they will present software solutions for wireless RFID sensor systems that can be extended with Blockchain technology at the Trade Fair for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management (LogiMat). The event, which will take place between March 13-15, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany, is the largest European trade fair for the logistics sector.

According to the institute’s press release, Fraunhofer IPMS sees great potential in using Blockchain technology for data management of supply chains in automation and logistics processes and says it could “speed up deliveries, avoid fraud and errors, and reduce scrap and costs.”

Dr. Andreas Weder, team leader at Fraunhofer IPMS, said that storing the data generated by RFID sensor transponders on a Blockchain makes them reliably traceable for all participants in the supply chain:

“Our passive RFID sensor transponders measure physical parameters such as humidity, vibration or temperature and transmit them wirelessly to a reader that also provides the energy.”

The German lobby group Blockchain Bundesverband had said earlier this month that the German government will create a legal framework for regulating Blockchain technologies in a move to “welcom[e] the Blockchain industry” to the country.