US Air Force Institute Launches Blockchain Demo Site

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The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), a grade school run by the US Air Force, has started an educational tool for blockchain.

As per Modern Materials Handling magazine report, the school had begun a free demo website for supply chain management professionals, aimed at helping students learn more about blockchain and its possible use cases. The tool can be applied on its own as a classroom module or folded into other lessons.

The platform was created in conjunction with supply chain firm Secure Marking and the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business, and while Air Force researchers developed it, it’s intended at assisting all Department of Defense leaders who may need to know more about the tech.

AFIT’s tool ‘track the entire cycle of a component,’ the magazine describes, meaning those utilizing it can follow a part’s simulated life from when it is first manufactured to its ultimate disposal.

The article describes, “This is necessary as many supply chains presently face a challenge of having used products re-introduced and sold as new by unethical businesses,” continuing:

“These used products can lead to costly problems like unexpected breakdowns of equipment. In some circumstances, tracking decommissioning could also be useful for assuring that hazardous materials are properly disposed of, or that re-usable component are properly recycled.”

Beside the tool itself, AFIT researchers have announced a series of videos illustrating blockchain technology and describing how a platform adopting the technology might operate, and how users can interact with the demo website.