News reaching us today reveals that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is still trying to test the blockchain shipment tracking system. CBP is one among the largest law enforcement agencies in the states.
This time around the firm intends to use two separate systems to run the test phase: the CBP’s legacy application and a blockchain-powered platform developed by the agency’s parent body — and the country’s primary border control organization — the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The distributed ledger technology (DLT) will be determined by the result gotten from the test, which entails the verification process of certificates of partners from different origins in the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central American Free Trade Agreement. It is believed that the test result may reduce the time-consuming procedure of the resubmission of shipping data.
The agency also intends to establish standards of interaction between different blockchains on the testing phase so as to make sure that all firms and software are easily interwoven to customs without the need for additional customization.
CBP’s director, Vincent Annunziato however came out to speak on the projects progress saying that:
blockchain platforms are not compatible enough as at now
stressing that ensuring data security is “of utmost importance.”
Apart from testing the blockchain shipment tracking system, the firm (CBP) is also developing a proof of concept scheme for dealing with intellectual property rights. Finally CBP’s able director concluded by saying:
the successful testing of the blockchain project will enable consumers to define if a certain product is authentic or not.