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ivault Blockchain GPS Asset Tracker to prevent Cargo theft

3 Case studies of Blockchain for Asset Tracking and Theft Prevention

What are the best Blockchain Asset Tracking Solutions for cargo, logistics, and supply chain management in 2022? How well do they work? And which applications are already on the market to benefit your company?

We present 3 use cases of real-time container track & trace and supply chain monitoring solutions to prevent cargo theft and counterfeiting crime for a wide range of industries. One example is our successful pilot case study with the ivault™ Platform and GPS trackers customized for seamless waste tracking of the long-established specialist recycling company RCS Entsorgung GmbH from Germany.

Blockchain in Logsistik und Transport-CH Messe 2021 presenting ivault's GPS Asset Tracking System.

Blockchain in logistics and transportation with ivault’s GPS Asset Tracking System: Business Development Manager Markus Kuhlmann und CTO Martin Beyer visiting the 11. Schweizer Nutzfahrzeugsalon transport-CH Expo, Bern on Nov. 2021.

What is Asset Tracking?

Asset tracking means the full and transparent tracing of information about assets of all kinds, including location, status, position, and other relevant information. This includes goods and merchandise, private property, like valuables or other items.

The term refers to the method of tracking physical assets or products back to their sources, e.g. by scanning barcode labels attached to a company’s asset. In addition to RFID and GPS devices, this includes NFC tags and QR codes printed on labels of products that can be easily scanned using smartphone cameras or apps.

Groundbreaking asset tracking solutions, such as ivault, also use blockchain or IoT combined with top-grade GPS trackers to efficiently track items and accurately determine and verify geolocations and other conditions at all times. While the range of RFID tags for signal transmission is limited, certain technologically advanced GPS asset tracking devices are promising in global logistics monitoring, container track & trace, and cargo theft prevention — especially when implemented with blockchain technology.

What are GPS Asset Trackers?

Tangible assets can be tracked with devices that combine common GPS tracking systems with cell phone and/or satellite phone technology. Tracking devices of this type are called GPS asset trackers. They differ from conventional GPS tracking devices in that they are powered by an internal battery and can transmit location data accordingly, independent of the vehicle battery.

Thanks to these asset trackers, the location of global container shipments can be determined in real-time at any time during transport or warehousing. In this way, entire transport routes of deliveries of any kind can be fully tracked and monitored.

Blockchain Asset Tracking
— Use Cases for 2022

Vault Security Systems AG has worked with various industries of different sizes. In addition to our blockchain-based supply chain tracking solutions to prevent pharmaceutical counterfeiting (with corresponding pharma packaging solutions), we also dedicated a pilot project, for example, to customized Blockchain Asset Tracking Solutions to prevent container theft as well as waste tracking for large recycling companies. We will talk about these use cases below.

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1. GPS Asset Tracking to prevent container theft

Organized criminals, unfortunately, do not shy away from stealing containers even if they weigh several hundred pounds. Most of our customers fall victim to container theft over and over again. They report stolen shipments several times a year and incur huge losses. Meanwhile, the stolen containers are transported away for hundreds of miles in plain sight.

Preventing theft by combining blockchain with GPS asset tracking devices (on market); can be used to track stolen containers and prevent cargo theft on a global scale.

Blockchain-based GPS Asset Tracking on the ivault™ Platform (on market) for containers, vehicles, or large products; tracks data on geolocation, local conditions, and more, in real-time. 

 

For us, the optimal solution to this massive problem that many companies have was to use top-grade GPS asset trackers with built-in anti-theft technology, and some other small-scale devices like movement sensors. But it is not enough to simply attach these to the containers.

You have to keep in mind different circumstances: One challenge, for example, is that containers can be seen as outdoor-stationary objects as they stand in one place for months or even years and are exposed to extreme temperatures. Our tracking technologies must therefore not only offer the highest possible security standard and theft protection. You also have to make sure, they work perfectly under different conditions — without running out of juice.

Next, we connected the asset tracking devices directly to the ivault™ Platform. The battery’s life of the devices is estimated at 10 years and various alerts are being sent in case of attempted theft, such as unscheduled movement, removal of the tracker from the object.

The finished tracking application features multiple location and transmission methods while using military-grade end-to-end encryption. They can be individually equipped with a wide range of sensors to track containers and other objects and monitor equipment and conditions.

 

2. Waste Tracking: Monitoring Recycling Containers

Concerning today’s recycling and waste reduction needs, there is an immense need for transportation and tracking solutions for waste products across various industries: be it plastic waste, food waste, or hazardous industrial waste. Blockchain-based technologies such as ivault can help waste tracking, from monitoring the correct disposal of hazardous industrial by-products to large shipments of recycling containers.

Companies in the recycling and waste management industry are also facing new challenges after climate change and digitalization: To reduce the CO2 emissions of the vehicle fleet, transport routes must be organized efficiently to avoid empty runs, for example. Accurately determining the current locations of containers is just as important as calculating optimal routes.

Our asset tracking use cases include a customized blockchain solution for tracking waste containers, which we worked out together with RCS Entsorgung GmbH from Germany. After successfully completing a 6-month trial, it is now on the market.

For this, among other things, we attached sensitive GPS trackers to containers and paper presses, which provide real-time data on current locations and transport routes as well as information on current usage via the cloud-based ivault™ Platform. This information can be accessed at any time via a web interface. You can read the full press release in German here:

PRESS RELEASE: Blockchain-based GPS Tracking to monitor waste disposal and recycling containers

3. Global Supply Chain Tracking and Monitoring

Every company with more or less complex supply chains and sought-after products faces certain challenges. ivault focuses on counterfeit protection, theft prevention, as well as customer relations. Yet, it always depends on the individual case: A pharmaceutical company or a luxury brand might need blockchain tracking solutions that look very different from what a large fishing company or other food suppliers are searching for.

Most recently, we talked about how blockchain can increase the security of global supply chains and their protected products. We also explained, how GPS trackers on fishing boats can help determine the unique geolocation of fishing boats to help make fishery more sustainable. Subsequently, the sustainably caught fish can be equipped with further tracking devices and identifiers, such as NFC chips or QR codes, to be shipped to the end customer.

In this TED Talk, supply chain innovator Markus Mutz explained how exactly tracking on the sea can be used as an environmental protection measure and how verified information about a sustainably caught fish reaches the individual buyer in the supermarket:

How does Blockchain Asset Tracking work?

Of course, with the blockchain-based technology of the ivault™ Platform working seamlessly in the background, the perfect solution is different for each and every supply chain. Retrieving information about supply chain sustainability might already work well with QR codes printed on the packaging of products registered on the blockchain.

However, manufacturers of pharmaceuticals — as well as the electronics or automotive industries — want to track branded products and spare parts even more efficiently. Like many other companies facing counterfeit products and stolen goods (or entire containers being stolen), they particularly benefit from a combination of different visible and invisible identifiers.

This allows them to ensure a double level of protection against theft and counterfeiting for each individual product:

  1. A visibly printed QR code on the packaging can be scanned by end customers using a smartphone and already offers effective protection against counterfeiting when it’s connected to a blockchain platform. Counterfeiters can still copy QR codes, but if copies are then scanned, they will be noticed in individual cases already — thanks to the transparency and immutability of the blockchain platform.
  2. Hidden NFC chips or RFID tags can then be integrated additionally, for example in the packaging of pharmaceutical products, which means that no tampering attempt can go unnoticed. In addition, it can be precisely traced back to where exactly counterfeit products have entered the supply chain. This can help companies to track down criminal activities much faster.

  3. Communication in a GPS-enabled asset tracking system: Another useful case study is a GPS device that can communicate with NFC, for example. At ivault, we can attach a high-grade GPS tracker to a truck or delivery vehicle. Products inside are equipped with an NFC chip each that communicates with the GPS. The GPS sends data about each product from their NFC chips to the blockchain platform. For this, we also developed NFC tagging systems with waterproof and washable chips that can be used in clothes. Others can also be integrated with metal products without losing conductivity.

Moreover, companies can create a new transparent and authentic communication channel between their brands and their customers, start collecting zero-party data and build long-term customer relationships and customer loyalty.

Blockchain tracking for Supply Chain and Logistics with GPS Trackers to prevent theft crime and track every step of production, global shipments or recycling

ivault’s Blockchain-based technology for cargo logistics, supply chain monitoring, and waste tracking with GPS asset tracking devices to prevent theft crime and to get real-time data on complete product life cycles, global shipments, recycling, or other sustainable measurements to protect the environment.

Advantages of Using Blockchain for Asset Tracking

So, why exactly is Blockchain being used to improve GPS trackers in logistics and transport? How can a Blockchain platform help with tracking physical assets, when we are already using the best GPS trackers out there? And is it worth what it costs? Here are some answers.

Our current GPS technologies need an upgrade that finally makes a difference as the numbers of container thefts continue to rise despite all the measures taken so far. Again the best solution for this problem is Blockchain. Because the future technology offers one core advantage and that is trust — a value proposition that also characterizes ivault.

Distributed ledgers are decentralized, resilient, and secure — these are the main advantages of Blockchain in general. Hence, Blockchain can make traditional GPS systems more secure, resilient, and data transmitted can be stored in a decentralized and thus hacker-proof way.

For example, it will be much easier to unambiguously verify geolocation in real-time, as it is impossible to manipulate data once it is on the blockchain. After all, data is no longer stored centrally on one potentially frail server only, but distributed across multiple computers.

In addition to the forgery-proof documentation, the system’s character as a neutral platform is another major advantage. A middleman is no longer necessary, and with all this, blockchain also helps to increase efficiency: the system enables the management of cross-organizational processes and can still be easily integrated into existing systems, which makes it above all a cost-efficiently smart product.

This seems to be the perfect solution for the global logistics and shipping industry, from food suppliers’ or luxury goods deliveries to industrial waste disposal and recycling, antibiotics or vaccine distribution, or multi-million dollar medical devices being shipped and not stolen (again)

B2C: Digital Asset Tracking for Consumers

Of course, private individuals are also very interested in protecting their belonging and tracking assets in case of loss or theft. Especially when it comes to mobile assets such as stolen bikes or cars.

With the ivault™ App, users can digitalize assets and rely on their local community: If something is lost or stolen, other users can help recover the missing item. Thus, affordable blockchain-based theft prevention comes not only to companies and brands but also directly to people with the launch of the app:

Everyone can protect their valuables and track items with blockchain, whether they own very expansive items, they want to protect from thieves, or they simply want to make sure, things with a special meaning will find their way back thanks to someone helping out. At last, people can build a stronger community thanks to the ivault App, focusing on mutual support and safety.

Of course, the app also offers potential for the use of asset tracking technologies such as GPS trackers to prevent bike theft, for example, or to track down and find lost pets. All kinds of asset tracking devices are already being used everywhere on a large scale, of course. Yet, what’s still missing is a secure and trustworthy platform based on Blockchain behind the asset tracking devices for personal use to receive verified data about the current location of a stolen vehicle, for example.

Read more about this in Germany’s most reliable Financial & Business Newspapers Handelsblatt:

 

Handelsblatt Advertorials for ivault

 

CIO Applications
Top Blockchain Technology Solution Providers 2020

Supply chain transparency and brand protection: Now it’s official. CIO Applications from Silicon Valley ranks ivault among the Top 10 best blockchain technology solutions of the year.

 

Vault Security Systems in CIO Applications' Top 10 Blockchain Technology Solution Providers 2020.

Vault Security Systems AG mit ivault™ in den Top 10 Blockchain Technology Solution Providers 2020 von CIO Applications

ivault was already referred to as one of the best blockchain ideas at the World Economic Forum WEF 2020 in Davos.

Now, the renowned magazine CIO Applications awarded Vault Security Systems AG with the blockchain solution ivault as one of the Top Blockchain Technology Solution Providers 2020. Our platform offers the highest transparency for supply chains and best product and brand protection to date by preventing the unnoticed entry of counterfeit products into the supply chain.

This blog article provides you with a brief summary. You can read the complete article by CIO Applications here:

Vault Security Systems: Transparency for Supply Chain and Protecting Valuables

ivault: Our patented Blockchain solution 

 

Almost all companies lose value in the market because counterfeit or stolen products become part of their supply chain without their knowledge. The low-quality counterfeit products then arrive at the upset buyers’ as supposed originals.

ivault is an efficient track-and-trace solution that enables the detection of counterfeits in the supply chain. Using distributed ledger technology, ivault makes a completely transparent, traceable and therefore the most secure supply chain possible.

In the interview with CIO Applications, Arman Sarhaddar, CEO and founder of Vault Security Systems, describes how ivault came into being: After he himself had been robbed, he came up with his idea:

“What if I put every physical item into a database with serial numbers? I would then have all the information recorded. With that idea being patented, it lead to the formation of the company.”

Vault Security Systems AG now helps manufacturers of clothing, electronics, pharmaceuticals and more…

 

How does ivault help to overcome the challenges that companies face?

 

The global problem is the loss of billions of dollars in revenue on the part of large companies and, on the other hand, the endangerment of human lives by counterfeit products that do not comply with required security standards and, especially in the case of counterfeit drugs, can have fatal consequences.

That’s why we have developed a blockchain solution that uses distributed ledger technology to secure the supply chain and is easy to use for both companies and consumers.

ivault helps companies to track their products through the entire supply chain from manufacturing to end users by recording and time-stamping all transactions. Once a transaction has been registered, it cannot be changed by anyone, guaranteeing the authenticity of the goods.

Essentially, this minimizes the likelihood of counterfeits entering the supply chain undetected.

Understandably, counterfeiters will avoid companies that have the ivault blockchain solution implemented into their supply chain, because they will not make any profit anymore by infiltrating these companies’ supply chains. It is likely they will seize to sell counterfeits via illegal distribution channels too, because every buyer can easily check via the ivault app on every smartphone, if a product is a fake.

Companies can easily implement this blockchain solution, because the existing databases in their supply chains can continue to be used.

 

Technical characteristics and functionality

 

ivault is accessible via web browsers. The product information is registered either manually or by using a QR code, NFC chip or RFID chip. The information includes material and ingredients used in the product, as well as data on their origin.

From production to the end user, every detail is recorded with a time stamp to bring transparency to the supply chain. If someone wants to access this information, they can quickly scan the product with the ivault app on any smartphone and check all the product details on the website.

This means that the end user can also easily verify the authenticity of a purchased product. In addition, ivault enables end users to protect private property and assets. With the global search engine ivault, anyone can find lost or stolen items in real time.

 

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We have already announced one of our use cases in the past: Golisan protects its supply chain with a blockchain solution from ivault that is individually tailored to the dietary supplement manufacturer. The valuable saffron extract is one of the most counterfeit-prone spices of all. The higher the value of a product, the more likely it is to be counterfeited. For more technical information, you can read our blog article with a video explanation of the functionality in detail.

 

What’s next for Vault Security Systems AG?

 

We are currently focusing on supply chain protection and there are numerous ways in which we can use our blockchain solution.

For example, in the automotive industry, our blockchain solution will have a huge impact. In the case of Ferraris and Porsches, which cost around $5 to $6 million, buyers want to ensure that every part in the car is an original. Our platform gives them the security they need.

We are also working to extend the reach of our platform to various sectors, including medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. A medical device company, for example, lost about $100 million a year to counterfeit products. ivault can help quickly identify counterfeit products in the supply chain and thus help rebuild a company’s reputation.

There is an urgent need to bring transparency into the supply chains of pharmaceutical companies, as they have massive problems with counterfeit drugs. We have previously reported on this in detail in connection with the ongoing corona crisis.

Moreover, human lives are at stake here.

In the worst case, a counterfeit medicine can cause more damage than a disease itself. We are therefore aiming to expand our platform within the healthcare industry within the next year. Geographically, we want to bring our blockchain solution into the European Union, the United Kingdom and South America.

Arman Sarhaddar, CEO and founder of Vault Security Systems AG. Park Hyatt, Zurich.

Arman Sarhaddar about ivault™
6 Good Reasons to Use Blockchain Technology

In short: Arman Sarhaddar answered a key question in his presentation at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Zurich: Why does ivault use blockchain technology? There are 6 benefits of the blockchain which you can read more about in this blog entry that comes with another video of the CEO and founder of Vault Security Systems AG.

Blockchain is more than Bitcoin. The distributed-ledger-technology (DLT) raises hopes beyond industry boundaries. The retail, logistics and financial sectors have already gained experience. Innovators try to disrupt traditional business models of the past and gain a competitive advantage in the market of the future.

But our application will go further and make use of the technology’s full potential…

Blockchain Technology 2019: Arman Sarhaddar, CEO and founder of Vault Security Systems AG. Park Hyatt, Zurich.

Blockchain Technology 2019: Arman Sarhaddar, CEO and founder of Vault Security Systems AG. Park Hyatt, Zurich.


Why do we use blockchain technology?

 

And why do we avoid to just rely on basic encrypted servers? There are millions of hacker attacks on encrypted servers per day. This tremendous amount of illegal activities is captured in this live graphic cybermap. By now, every tenth company in Germany is affected by these hackers’ attempts to steal data. Information security simply isn’t provided by standard encrypted servers anymore.

So, in Arman’s words, we don’t do blockchain because there is such a hype building around blockchain, but because it is safe. It provides security for the costumer as well as the company, that can protect its supply chain against counterfeit with the ivault app.

In this video Arman gives 6 more reasons why we should use blockchain in general. Don’t forget to change the settings in the bottom right corner of the YouTube video to turn on English subtitles, if you don’t understand German. You can also read about this 6 blockchain advantages below.

6 advantages of blockchain technology

 

In the video Arman talks about 6 good reasons why we are using blockchain or distributed ledger technology and why it accounts for better data protection. In short, the highest possible cybersecurity is provided by:

  1. The distribution of data among nodes (computers). These nodes are connected to a global network and stand in as the “blocks” of the blockchain.
  2. The blockchain is therefore safe. One of the safest technologies in the world maybe. All entries are individually encrypted and secured.
  3. So, once data have been uploaded and entered in the blockchain, it cannot be changed, tempered with or manipulated anymore. It’s simply not possible.
  4. The anonymity, furthermore, guarantees that the blockchain is protected against external attacks.
  5. And this is the case for any kind of data, because everything is programmable. So any kind of data can be entered in the blockchain.
  6. A time-stamp is giving to every information stored on the blockchain. So it provides us with a really high transparency as well.

This provides the highest level of cybersecurity possible. It is guaranteed by these 6 main features of the blockchain, our future technology. The exclusive event at Park Hyatt was limited to a handful of extraordinary people, we are looking forward to work with. If you want to find out more about the insights given by our management team you can read more in our blog. There, you will also find

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Lothar Rentschler about ivault™
Blockchain Supply Vision & Mission of a Market Leader

ivault helps businesses secure their supply chain and protect their products from counterfeit and plagiarism. Our vision is to become the world leader in providing the most trusted database, supply chain management, and service platform for registering, locating, and identifying lost or stolen items.

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, the management team of Vault Security Systems AG invited investors, friends and partners to an information event at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Zurich to demonstrate the current status of the ivault product development.

This blog post is part of a 3-part series that will provide an overview of the 3 informative presentations by CEO and founder Arman Sarhaddar, CMO Lothar Rentschler, CTO Martin Beyer and the concluding discussion round. This part deals with the company’s focus on B2C and B2B.

iVAULT Protect what's your's

The ivault vision: Protect what’s yours.


ivault in B2C: lost and found patent

 

At the beginning of this exciting event, Chief Executive Officer Arman Sarhaddar told his own personal story: He himself was robbed a few years ago and not only suffered enormous financial damage. It was mainly personal possessions of great sentimental value – a complete music studio, expensive art objects and Persian carpets that he lost forever.

In an earlier video, the CEO already told about this loss, which inspired him to start Vault Security Systems AG – together with a team that believes in the idea of protecting assets with the Blockchain and passionately (and from the beginning free of charge) supports the revolutionary product ivault.

So, in 2018, in addition to the idea of developing ivault for the B2C sector, a patent application was filed in the USA. The lost and found patent refers to the use of blockchain technology by each individual private user who wants to protect his material possessions and find them again if they are lost or stolen.

Anonymity is an important aspect here: if a user places jewellery, his mobile phone or his sports car in the decentralized database, which is accessible to everyone, via ivault.app he remains anonymous. Neither the neighbor nor ivault can see which valuables the user has registered. Only in the event of a reported loss or theft is this information transferred to the centralized server and can it be viewed publicly in order to retrieve the item in question.

Arman Sarhaddar über die ivault Blockchain im B2C-Bereich, Park Hyatt Zürich

CEO Arman Sarhaddar giving his speech about the ivault Blockchain in the B2C area, Park Hyatt Zurich.

After one year, the lost and found patent also became an international patent. Distributed ledger technology provides the population with a higher level of security for their property than ever before. If you look at some figures, you can see immediately and easily that there is no doubt about the need for this product:

  • Every week, 15,000 laptops are lost at airports – an absolute nightmare for business people, not because of the financial damage, but because of the loss of important data and work that has not yet been backed up. The family father and hobby photographer in this situation is likely to be upset by the loss of his children’s pictures.

 

  • Approximately 5 bicycles are stolen per minute worldwide – that is 2.9 million bicycles per year. In the case of motor vehicles, the figure is as high as 5.5 million, i.e. 13 per minute. If these bicycles are resold by the perpetrators, they can be easily identified and found by the previous registration on ivault. This will drastically reduce the currently extremely high numbers, because ivault makes the criminal business of the perpetrators riskier and much less lucrative.

 

  • In Germany alone, 100 million lost (or stolen) items are reported every year – in the USA the figure is as high as 400 million. You may have a good insurance policy that reimburses you for the current value of your racing bike or motor vehicle if the situation is clear. With stored data such as family photos or important, perhaps confidential business data, the situation is quite different. How much do you think ivault can reduce these dizzying numbers in the next 10-15 years? Leave us a comment below.

ivault in B2B: Blockchain for companies

 

In the past, we have reported many times on the supply chain solution that ivault offers in the B2B sector to protect companies’ value chains and make their products counterfeit-proof.

The B2B area is the foundation for the B2C platform. The business model is therefore two-pronged and includes both the B2C and the B2B platform and offers different functionalities for companies and end users. The problems ivault addresses – the rapidly growing counterfeiting market, loss and theft, financial loss and fatalities, and ruined reputation – affect both individual consumers and large businesses. With the current state of development, ivault has already created 70% of the basis for all further areas of application and use cases.

 

Das ivault Geschäftsmodell: Funktionalität der B2C- und B2B-Plattform im Überblick.

The ivault vision has long been transferred to an applicable business model: overview of the functionality of the B2C und B2B platform.

We have developed a product with a user-friendly interface that allows users to register valuables using the app or a website. The Asset Management Dashboard is based on distributed ledger technology. The standard ivault solution is practical and easy to use for both individual private users and small businesses. The system can be adapted to individual customer requirements. Here ivault offers numerous flexible solutions. 

This concept focuses on customer happiness and customer centricity. After all, it is important to first listen to your users and customers and then offer the relevant solutions. This is what Chief Marketing Officer Lothar Rentschler refers to in his presentation on marketing. Watch a video recording of his presentation here: Change the settings in the bottom right corner of the YouTube video to turn on English subtitles, if you don’t speak German.

If you have not yet subscribed to ivault on YouTube, you should do so: Click here. We will soon be uploading more video content from the event at Park Hyatt – including some exciting answers from Arman Sarhaddar to critical questions from investors and business partners present.

The next blog post will focus on the implementation of the revolutionary idea, which the CTO will demonstrate in detail on the pilot case for the Swiss food supplement manufacturer Golisan. In an earlier blog post we have already given some insights into this first supply chain solution from ivault, which you can read here again.

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