Blockchain For Disaster Relief

Dawid Paluch
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Can the blockchain technology help improve disaster relief efforts? Certainly, the U.S. Department of Defense thinks so. The executive branch department of the federal department tries to use new technology to help victims of natural disasters.

The Government of the United States has been more encouraged lately when it comes to the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Two weeks ago, we reported that Mick Mulvaney, the new White House Chief of Staff, is a cryptocurrency supporter.

Give a relief

Earlier this month, The Troop Support division of the Defense Logistics Agency held a meeting in Philadelphia. The group tried to understand how blockchain could have helped to assist in Puerto Rico after the destructing Hurricane Maria in 2017. Troop Support’s Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) office hosted the meeting.

Elijah Londo, the CPI management analyst, is convinced that the potential is “absolutely enormous”. He said:

“Talk about blockchain, and you’ll hear experts comparing it to transforming trust or transactions in the same way the internet changed communication. We’re researching the technology. We’re getting as smart as we can about what it is, what industry is saying about it, what the future might look like and how other industries are using it. We’re doing our due diligence.”

To synchronize data

Daniel Keenaghan, the CPI Process Compliance Director, described blockchain as a digital, decentralized “distributed ledger” where identical copies of data are stored on multiple servers.

Right now, the Defense Logistics Agency tracks logistics processes through centrally managed systems. It is hard for the involved parties to integrate information and ensure they are all following correct and up-to-date data.

The agency could track data using the blockchain technology. It would improve supply chain transaction processes and in-transit visibility of shipments.

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