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CBP looks to blockchain to track Canadian energy imports – FCW.com

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CBP looks to blockchain to track Canadian energy imports


The Department of Homeland Security’s expertise directorate awarded a small developmental contract to a Canadian firm for its blockchain-as-a-service platform to track oil and pure fuel shipments coming into the U.S. over the northern border.

The $182,700 funding from DHS Science and Technology Directorate went to Toronto-based Mavennet Systems to adapt the corporate’s industrial blockchain expertise to facilitate Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) commerce mission.

Canada exports an estimated three.5 million barrels of crude oil per day to the U.S., principally through pipeline, in accordance to Natural Resources Canada, the nation’s energy company. According to the company, there are 70 operational trans-border oil and pure fuel pipelines – 31 for oil and 39 for pure fuel.

Mavennet Systems, in accordance to a Nov. 6 DHS assertion, has constructed a blockchain-as-a-service platform for Canadian industrial oil markets that permits actual-time audits of pure fuel buying and selling there.

In adapting the system to CBP, DHS mentioned Mavennet will create a generic end-to-end platform the company can adapt to track any number of imported commodities. The platform contains automation and API integration, in addition to the power to adapt to legacy methods, in accordance to DHS.

Anil John, S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) technical director mentioned in DHS’ assertion the system is not going to solely present digital auditability, but in addition assist rising worldwide industrial oil consortium requirements for decentralized identifiers and verifiable credentials for blockchain use.

The contract is a SVIP Phase 1 preliminary growth award, which is a three-to-six month lengthy proof-of-idea. It was made below Silicon-Valley-based SVIP’s Other Transaction Solicitation Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses, in accordance to the assertion. The solicitation looks for promising blockchain and distributed ledger applied sciences that might fill widespread wants throughout DHS’ broad company missions, it mentioned.

If the platform is profitable in Phase 1, it may progress via SVIP’s 4 growth phases, which may ultimately lead to its operational testing in varied environments at DHS, after demonstration and pilot durations.

The settlement continues CBP’s efforts to harness rising expertise. This previous spring, the company took public enter on its 21st Century Customs Framework, or 21CCF, to course of imported cargo. Lawmakers and shippers urged it to use blockchain and synthetic intelligence in that effort.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior employees author at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before becoming a member of FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, the place he coated all points of homeland safety from IT to detection canines and border safety. Over the final 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has coated an more and more big range of excessive-tech points for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com journal and Wireless Week.

Rockwell acquired a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work protecting telecommunications points, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click right here for earlier articles by Rockwell.

Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or comply with him on Twitter at @MRockwellfour.

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