MeRS: Successful experimentation of blockchain and logistics on the Mediterranean-Rhône-Saône axis

MeRS: Successful experimentation of blockchain and logistics on the Mediterranean-Rhône-Saône axis

The port of Marseille Fos hosted on 17 September 2019 the final meeting to account for the successful experimentation of Blockchain technology for the transport of freight over the Mediterranean-Rhône-Saône axis (MeRS).

Original press release : Click here

Secure the transport chain.
This project, carried out by the Interministerial Delegation for the development of the Mediterranean-Rhône-Saône port and logistics axis as part of the work on the National Port Strategy driven by the government, aimed to experiment with a pilot demonstrator to test the security of the digital transport chain in order to improve the fluidity, safety and competitiveness of the supply chain and the intermodal delivery of goods on the Rhône / Saône axis

Dematerialize the process and the supply chain.
During the first half of 2019, the companies MGI, BuyCo and KeeeX successfully tested the dematerialisation of entire export processes between Lyon and the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, a major logistics axis for France. The blockchain technology used, called KeeeX Stories, allows to register authenticated and verifiable sequences of supply chain events, data and documents produced and consumed by the parties that pertain to the transport of containers over the Rhône-Saône-Mediterranean axis. The tests were carried out thanks in particular to the participation of the KemOne, Alteo and Transcausse companies, and also to the road and river transport companies involved.

Improve traceability and measure ecological footprint.
The solution allows for the early sharing of documents, authenticated photographs, characteristic events and forecast information (on the loading of containers, their weight, origin and destination…), that help optimize the overall logistics process, provide new services and anticipate ever-increasing traceability requirements. For example, the solution also enables the exploitation of data from ships (pollution measures or CO2, certificates…) and the continuity with traceability needs incurred by last mile urban logistics and urban mobility.

Share a multimodal transport platform.
The information processed during the tests goes beyond the strict framework of the information currently exchanged (in sometimes non-optimal conditions) in the same situation. The provision of a mobile application for QRCodes flashing, character recognition, easy text entry and dates opens up possibilities for new sources of ROI, value and services to CCS operators, carriers, chargers, freight forwarders, barges, trucks, for instance by anticipating document creation and sharing, customs clearance, etc. Creating systematically authenticated, dated and verifiable data allows participants to be engaged in a digital process without worry. This generates significant gains for all players in the supply chain and allows us to envisage a shift to a higher scale.

Demonstrate French excellence in port innovation.
This pilot project was financed by the Banque des Territoires (Groupe Caisse des Depots), VNF (Voies Navigables de France), CNR (Compagnie Nationale du Rhône), and the GPMM (Grand Port Maritime de Marseille) which also coordinated its feasibility. This project was referenced by Le French Smart Port in Med, an approach to deploying the port innovation ecosystem co-led by the Port of Marseille Fos, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille Provence and Aix-Marseille University.

* The experiment was carried out by three companies specializing in logistics, digital solutions for the transport chain and Blockchain technology:

  • Marseille Gyptis International (MGI), a software company specializing in tracking goods in seaports and airports, provides its knowledge of port collaboration. With their vision “Connecting supply chains through an intelligent system allowing visibility and door-to-door fluidity of the goods”, MGI is leading the development of the Cargo Intelligent System (CIS) Ci5.
  • BuyCo, a collaborative platform for importers and exporters, simplifies the operational processes of container shipping;
  • KeeeX uses blockchain to create digital originals of documents, data, events, geotagged pictures and signatures organized within tamper proof registries … to foster lean and efficient management of containers all along their journeys and all around the world with multiples tenants.
The KeeeX solutions at the heart of the MeRS project – the operational alliance of Blockchain and Supply-Chain

The KeeeX solutions at the heart of the MeRS project – the operational alliance of Blockchain and Supply-Chain

On February 25 2019 was held the official kickoff of the MeRS project, aiming to leverage the blockchain technology to improve multimodal supply chain operations along the Mediteranean – Rhone – Saone axis (hence the acronym MeRS).

KeeeX is proud to contribute to this project by bringing our expertise on Data and Blockchain and wishes to showcase by this project in cooperation with the platforms MGI and BuyCo the adequation of two of our innovations in the supply chain domain :

  • the KeeeX technology allowing for injecting withing any file operational context and trust metadata that yields standalone unforgeable digital originals carrying easily exploitable and permanently secured structured metadata.
  • the KeeeX Chains solution that lets participants in a process contribute to blockchain secured unforgeable, interoperable and auditable chains of information (documents, events and data).

The pilot, which will be released in june 2018, will demonstrate to actors the importance of using a trustless secured and interoperable data chain in achieving better efficiency and visibility along the full path of a multimodal supply chain process.

The MeRS project, sponsored by the “Délégation Interministérielle au développement de l’axe portuaire et logistique Méditerranée-Rhône-Saône”, is also sponsored by the “Banque des Territoires (Caisse de Dépôts et Consignations)”, “Voies navigables de France” (VNF), the “Compagnie Nationale du Rhône” (CNR) and the “Grand Port Maritime de Marseille” (GPMM). A plurality of professional actors (exporters, freight forwarders, carriers, multimodal operators…) also participate in this experimentation.

For more information, you may read the GPMM press release.

KeeeX wins Innovation Hall Gold Trophy – Big Bang Blockchain – Univ’AirPlus 2018

KeeeX wins Innovation Hall Gold Trophy – Big Bang Blockchain – Univ’AirPlus 2018

On September 2018 the 6th took place the 13th Univ’AirPlus edition, an afternoon meetup organised by the AirPlus International company to discuss about the potential impact of Blockchain on business travel.

For this 3rd edition, the renowned specialist of business travel cost management offered participants to join an Innovation Room. This Hub allowed participants to exchange with innovative start-ups developing new blockchain related tools and use cases.

There, KeeeX was offered the possibility to showcase our innovative technology, that permits to protect and value datas, and proved its quick and seamless integration in existing business processes.

At the end of the day, participants voted to elect the most innovating start-up and we are pleased to announce that KeeeX has won the Gold Innovation Room Award !

We were honoured to receive this award from the hands of Yaël Klein (Chief Marketing Officer – AirPlus International) and Julien Fierobe (Business Development Director – MasterCard).

We would like to thank the whole AirPlus team for the organisation of this great event.

See you next year !

Meet our team at Trustech Cannes Nov 29 – Dec 1

Meet our team at Trustech Cannes Nov 29 – Dec 1

We will exhibit at Trustech Cannes with Pole SCS from November 29th to December 1st.

Let’s meet us on Booth Lerins C-008 !

We will demo our brand new solutions KeeeX ChatOps (smart and secure collaboration tool), Photo Proof by KeeeX (the Blockchain camera app) and KeeeX Core (process traceability in back office).

See you there !