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Cardano partners with Scantrust

Cardano Foundation develops metadata connector for Scantrust supply chain tracking

(Written by @ElliotHill of the Cardano Foundation)

In January 2020, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Cardano Foundation accepted an offer to implement a proof of concept integration with Scantrust — a global connected goods platform.

Throughout 2020, the Cardano Foundation’s Integrations Team has been working with Scantrust to develop a transactional metadata connector, which would use the Cardano blockchain as a public audit platform on which to verify supply chain data linked with physical products.

Here, we are pleased to share further details of this project with our community, as well as exploring the first proof of concept product to formally leverage transactional metadata on Cardano for supply chain tracking through Scantrust.

Before we discover how Cardano metadata can be used for product traceability, let’s take a closer look at Scantrust and how it provides supply chain solutions.

What is Scantrust?

Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, Scantrust provides digitalization and supply chain tracking to Fortune 500 enterprises and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in more than 165 countries worldwide.

Working alongside companies with complex international supply chains such as Unilever, ExxonMobil and DuPont, Scantrust applies proprietary and patented tamper-resistant labels on connected products, using secured QR-codes. These QR-codes include a secure graphic in the center, that gives every QR-code anti-counterfeit features.

Consumers can scan these codes using their smartphones to easily access product-specific information. Scantrust’s software then traces and displays unique item information, such as origin, time in transit, and which actors have been involved in the supply chain journey.

For companies that depend on selling physical products, Scantrust enables active brand protection, supply chain awar...

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