SF Express is Using Blockchain to Deliver Medical Supplies During the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 30, 2020 5:55 pm
The second-largest courier services provider in China, SF Express is considering the use of blockchain to transport important supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 30, an English-language newspaper- the Global Times within the Communist Party of China (CPC) owned People’s Daily Group — reported that the Shenzhen-based firm is discovering the technology to help track the provenance and check the quality of medical goods. While the size and state of SF Express’ implementation of blockchain are not detailed, it has reportedly “already started to establish the use of blockchain,” particularly for the transport of medicines and foods, both of which require high standards and safety.
SF Express is using blockchain as the essential technologies alongside big data and artificial intelligence that are supporting frontline medical workers and aid suppliers to provide relief forces during the pandemic.
utilising big data to develop a trackable logistics network, which will be able to efficiently recognise supply priority levels and reduce the risk of fake and unqualified products accessing the market.
SF Express is supposed to be combining blockchain with big data to build a logistics network that supports the tracking, verification and accurate record of goods. The system will reportedly be ready to identify supply priority levels as well as decrease the risks of forged or unlicensed products being distributed to regions.
Chinese technology firms such as Alibaba Group and Huawei are reportedly directing their energies on presenting artificial intelligence solutions that can magnify diagnostic solutions for the public health crisis.
Use Of Blockchain and AI
Academic researchers have previously claimed that the widespread use of blockchain and AI technology by China’s e-commerce giant-Alibaba, SF Express and Apple should be replicated by charitable organizations and government-led public health enterprises.
Castigating Beijing’s choice to funnel all public donations through five government-backed charity organizations, academic Syren Johnstone said that less centralized blockchain systems would provide higher public visibility, accountability and reliability than current approaches to the crisis.
At a regional level, however, as many as 20 new blockchain-based applications designed to help combat the outbreak had reportedly been launched in China by mid-February, several in collaboration with rural authorities.
For sharing data connected with the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) partnered with major blockchain and tech companies to launch a distributed ledger technology-based platform this weekend.