The climate is changing. Raw materials are becoming more and more scarce. Social conflicts and cyber attacks are the order of the day. Reason enough to lie awake at night! New technologies such as blockchain, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and 3D printing sound promising. But are they really? And what is the role of GS1 in this story?
GS1 Belgilux introduces GS1 Innovation Café. At the crossroads of innovation and standarisation, professionals are invited to come together for an afternoon to discuss the potentials and pitfalls of tomorrow's technologies. GS1 Innovation Café is a recurring event that will center around a different theme each time.
GS1 Innovation Cafe: Trusted Supply Chains & Blockchain
Blockchain is hot. But long before blockchain was around, solutions were already being developed for safe data exchange between actors in the supply chain. The introduction of blockchain, however, has been a major wake-up call for many companies to reconsider the way essential and sensitive data is exchanged. Given the technology's potential, it's tempting to assume it will solve our problems. But can it really live up to the hype? By bringing specific cases, GS1 aims to shed light on the role of blockchain and how it relates to the existing challenges and solutions.
14:30 - Welcome & coffee
15:00 - Start presentations
- Existing data standards and the use of blockchain in trusted supply chains
Jan Merckx – GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg
GS1 is involved in a variety of pilot projects globally, spanning diverse applications and sectors. Jan Merckx will give an overview of the current projects as well as the role that existing GS1 standards can play in the quest for trust and transparency.
- Applying blockchain to ease and digitise the exchange of pallets
Ralph Tröger – GS1 Germany
500 million euro pallets are in circulation across Europe. The exchange of those pallets is highly intransparent, leading to an unnecessary – and expensive – loss of pallets. Ralph Träger reflects on a flagship project in which GS1 worked together with over 30 partners in the industry, including DHL, Metro, Fiege, Spar, Bosch and Deutsche Bahn, in search of the true potential of blockchain. The project was recently completed: time to share the results and look at the next steps.
- Food Trust: the IBM perspective
Walter Stiers – IBM
Increased transparency in the food chain has long been an agenda item. How exactly can blockchain ensure more trust along the chain, from producer to consumer? Could it help guarantee the freshness of food? Will it enhance sustainability in the chain? IBM has been involved with the development of a number of GS1 standards regarding traceability. Walter Stiers shares this expertise and unveils blockchain’s added value within this domain.
16:30 - Open discussion: the myths about blockchain technology
17:30 - Networking reception
- 5 June 2019 at Café De Hoorn (Leuven)
- Seats are limited - subscription is required
- Free for GS1 Belgilux members and partners;
- €100 excl. 21% VAT for non GS1 Belgilux members
- To ensure a balance in participants' backgrounds, a limited number technology solutions providers will be accepted. Solution providers will receive an additional confirmation once their subscription is accepted.
Interested? Keep an eye on our communication or register now!
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