During the Mobile World Congress, the Spanish company Telefónica presented the results of its innovation project in the automotive sector where they have implemented the tracking of supplies and the automation of processes through a blockchain in car manufacturing operations, SEAT.
At the most important congress for the automobile industry, which took place in Barcelona this week, Vicente Muñoz, Director of Internet of Things (IoT) of Telefónica, explained to the attendees some of the results obtained in the adoption of a chain of supplies supported by blockchain, which until now is in charge of registering and tracking the parts that make up the cars of the Seat plant.
Muñoz explained that currently blockchain tests, announced in November, are carried out in conjunction with the Ficosa rear view mirror plant, located in Soria, and the Seat plant in Barcelona. Process for which IoT devices are included, such as sensors on trucks that detect critical variations and QR codes. Data that is registered and processed from a blockchain chain.
Telefonica, who declares to embrace the industry 4.0 from the hand of blockchain and IoT, recognizes the benefits of adopting blockchain technology in the automotive area. Above all, taking into account the immutability, efficiency and transparency characteristic of distributed accounting to track the entire process of assembly of the car, from the provision of parts of suppliers to the final sale of the same.
It is important to keep in mind that the supply tracking for the automotive industry is one of the most frequent blockchain adoption cases in the sector. However, tracking auto parts is not the only purpose for which distributed accounting can be employed.
In fact, recently Volkswagen partnered with the IOTA Foundation to create smart cars. And Tesla Motors has been testing the operation of the block chain to pay tolls automatically in autonomous cars.
However, Telefónica, which has been approaching the blockchain ecosystem for a year, ensures taking into account the additional blockchain capabilities aligned to the automotive sector. Well, they recognize the possibility of registering events in the blockchain in real time; as well as managing information and documentation from smart contracts.
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