The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), a graduate school run by the U.S. Air Force, has launched an educational tool for blockchain
According to a publication by Modern Materials Handling magazine, the institute launched a free demonstration website for supply chain management professionals in particular, with the sole purpose of helping students learn more about blockchain and its potential uses. More so, the tool can be used on its own as a classroom module, or a prerequisite to other courses.
AFIT built the platform in conjunction with SecureMarking a supply chain firm and the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business. The platform was developed by Air Force researchers, to assist the top brass of the Department of Defense who may need to know more about the technology.
AFIT’s tool “tracks the entire lifecycle of a component,” the magazine explains, meaning those using it can follow a part’s simulated life from when it is first manufactured to its ultimate disposal.
“This is important because many supply chains now face a challenge of having used products re-introduced and sold as new by unscrupulous businesses,” the report said.
It added that, “These used products can lead to costly problems such as unexpected breakdowns of equipment. In some situations, tracking decommissioning could also be useful for ensuring that hazardous materials are properly disposed of, or that re-usable components are properly recycled.”
However, aside releasing the tool, AFIT researchers have also published series of videos explaining blockchain technology and outlining how a platform using the technology might operate, as well as how users can interact with the demonstration website.