Cloud-based blockchain-as-a-service platform SIMBA Chain (Plymouth, IN) was awarded a government contract that will see the U.S. Air Force leverage its platform as it explores how blockchain technology can improve its logistics and supply-chain capabilities.
The Air Force has a highly complex logistics and supply chain network, which moves millions of parts around the world. It needs to function dependably and without interruption. This complexity and need for ongoing, documentable precision is an ideal use case for blockchain.
The Air Force will use SIMBA Chain to securely scale its additive manufacturing supply chain, following a call put out earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Small Business Innovation Research program. It is seeking technologies with commercial applications that can help the service branch streamline its supply chain and logistics and stay ahead of the technological curve.
“We’re moving what was once a broad, strategic concept to reality,” said Brenchley Boden, senior engineer at Air Force Research Laboratory. “Digital thread is game-changing, and we’re leading the charge.”
Blockchain technology can securely connect the Industrial Internet of Things. It provides a permanent digital ledger and consensus network that democratizes how business and manufacturing are done. It has implications for global industries spanning government to manufacturing to health care.
“We’re excited to be the first implementers of blockchain across the entire digital thread, not only securing it but applying a nonrepudiable and immutable ledger,” said SIMBA Chain CEO and founder Joel Neidig.
The company was formed from a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant in 2017, originally developed by ITAMCO and the University of Notre Dame.