Emblem is partnering up with Trilliott and Alfred Williams and Co. to provide RFID-enabled and blockchain documented chain of custody for equipment, test kits and all the hospital furnishings that can be deployed at field hospitals and other ad-hoc, emergency medical set-ups.
Using Trilliott's RFID scanning technology and Alfred Williams and Company's deployment of Durable Medical Equipment (DME) into large hospital systems, we will be backing their asset tracking and management with all of the benefits of the Emblem Blockchain. Very small RFID tags (like stickers) on individual items, such as hospital beds, chairs, monitors, ventilators, and also consumables like COVID-19 test kits, masks, and gloves, can be automatically scanned and then brought together into "kits" to deploy into clinics.
We are using the Emblem Blockchain as the "single source of truth" to securely store and be able to verify every transaction along the supply chain. Taking advantage of the immutability, transparency, and security of storing data on a blockchain, Emblem has designed a blockchain interface that is easy to use, powerful, and flexible and intended to be used for any type of supply chain needs.
The Emblem Blockchain: a Deeper Look
Let's take a look at managing the data that goes into the blockchain. Here is the POC-level interface for defining and managing what type of data you want on the blockchain. In the case below, we are looking at the SmartCLINIC "stream" (a stream can be thought of as a database(-ish, close enough)), and within that stream we see "types": Events, Things, and Locations.
After choosing a Type (let's look at Locations), the site asks us for a Version. Blockchains are "immutable", but this does not mean that we can't change things as they evolve. It only means that we can't change the PAST. Defining a type is possible, and then changing the properties of that type is also possible. Each change results in a new version of the type. In this case, let's look at the most recent version (the one with the biggest number).
There's a lot there! Let's take a look at the individual parts. Immediately to the right of the navigation bar on the left is the schema definition.
A "schema" defines a structure for the data: what are the properties and what types of data are each of those properties (think number, string (text), etc). This schema is in JSON. You can make changes right in here and modify the data schema. Next, is a web interface for entering new records to the blockchain:
If you would like, you can manually enter new records here. The fields in this section are automatically generated from the schema. Most of the time, this is not how data will be recorded to the blockchain. Usually, the Emblem's blockchain will be accessed (both entering data and querying data) using the API. This can be done in code, or even more easily using CircuitBuilder. Finally, on the bottom right is a peek at the data that currently exists on the Emblem Blockchain.
Those are real records out of the Trilliott asset management system!
Supply Chain: Backed by Blockchain
The beautiful thing is that we have built the entire Emblem blockchain to be able to support data of any type as a part of any supply chain.
Let's wander through another example. Imagine you wanted to secure and also open up the entire supply chain capturing CBD oil. You get your CBD oil and the package has a QR code on it. You scan the QR code and see a list of all of the places the CBD in the package has been, and all of the processes that have been performed on it. You can see how many individual plants are in the package, where the plants were grown, and you can drill into the farms' licenses, organic practices and weather conditions. You can see which processing plant(s) processed the plants and what technique they used (maybe you want to know if they used CO2 or ethanol to extract the CBD).
All of that information can be designed on and stored in the Emblem Blockchain. Using the Emblem Blockchain as the single source of truth, no single actor in the supply chain owns or controls the data; it is available to all parties and all parties participate in writing data to it. Let's talk about how we can back your supply chain needs today!