Air Force Grad School Kicks Off Free Blockchain Demo Website

A graduate school operated by the U.S. Air Force has initiated an educational tool for Blockchain.

According to a December 3 report by Modern Materials Handling magazine, the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has kicked off a free demonstration website specifically intended for supply chain management with the objective of helping students learn more about Blockchain and its prospective use cases. The magazine report indicates that on its own the tool can be used as a classroom module, or integrated into other lessons.

Supply chain firm SecureMarking and the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business are part of the platform’s development. The report further states that although it has been the Air Force researchers who developed it, the platform’s ultimate goal is to help Department of Defense heads who may need to know more about Blockchain tech.

The magazine explains that AFIT’s tool “tracks the entire lifecycle of a component,” which means its users can pursue a part’s stimulated life from when it is first created to its eventual release. The magazine further clarifies:

“This is important because many supply chains now face a challenge of having used products re-introduced and sold as new by unscrupulous businesses.”

It adds:

“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.”

Accompanying the tool, AFIT researchers have also released a series of videos that elucidates Blockchain tech. The videos also describe how a platform utilizing Blockchain may run and how users can interact with the demonstration website.

AFIT Researchers have yet to issue an official statement regarding the matter.