U.S states have started focusing on blockchains as management platforms following the latest directive by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) which falls under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Currently, eight of the 50 states have announced plans to integrate blockchain managers as they work through the current COVID-19 virus pandemic.
Food and Agriculture are “Blockchain Managers”
On March 19, CISA released a number of recommendations to deal with the virus crisis across various sectors of the economy. One of the notable recommendations is the use of blockchain managers in the food and agriculture industry, which is an “essential” field at this time. In a bid to protect the workers and continue production, CISA wrote,
“Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution, including warehouse workers, vendor managed inventory controllers and blockchain managers.”
Now eight states including Washington, Indiana, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Delaware, and Michigan are extending the recommendation (or some form of it) to get employees to stay-at-home.
A new look at blockchain managers?
At the moment, CISA and the states are yet to offer an explanation on the “blockchain managers” and how they are to be implemented. According to a researcher at Auburn University’s RFID Lab Allen Gulley, blockchain managers are already operational giving an example of IBM Food Trust blockchain.
Over the past few years, IBM entered into partnerships with some of the largest retail chains including Walmart to track food items from the farm to the store. Gulley said,
“You need to have a blockchain manager behind the scenes making sure that everything’s going according to plan.”
The recommendation has received a warm welcome from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a group promoting tech in the trading industry. CTA’s state and local tech policy director Nathan Trail said,
“One thing that we forget with IOT, blockchain, algorithms and so forth is there’s still a very human element that’s necessary in tracking and monitoring the systems to ensure they’re maintained as they should be.”
While the world continues its battles against the virus, blockchain technology becomes more important across industries. However, the lack of scalability for these systems still poses a challenge for the overall adoption rate.