Demand-sensing for Supply Chains

Department of Defense

To continue its standing as a world leader in technological innovation, the United States Department of Defense aims to engage with policymakers, the private sector, and academia to promote the research and development of blockchain technology. In 2020, a required briefing by the DoD to Congress on how blockchain technology can be utilized was added to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Department of Defense

To continue its standing as a world leader in technological innovation, the United States Department of Defense aims to engage with policymakers, the private sector, and academia to promote the research and development of blockchain technology. In 2020, a required briefing by the DoD to Congress on how blockchain technology can be utilized was added to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Use Case Challenge

CHALLENGE

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) accounts for nearly 40% of all federal research and development spending. The Defense Technical Information Center manages this activity, overseeing an estimated 4.5 million documents across 4,000 users. The DOD sought to develop a proof-of-concept blockchain-based system to improve this critical information's integration, security, auditability, and controlled access.

Use Case Solution

SOLUTION

In 2020, SIMBA Chain was awarded a $1.2 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant from the DoD, kickstarting the ALAMEDA Project (Authenticity Ledger for Auditable Military Enclaved Data Access). The University of Notre Dame joined SIMBA Chain on the project as a subcontractor, with work taking place at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

The initial proof of concept outlined a demand-sensing solution capable of ensuring the availability of replacement parts for weaponry. Specifically, SIMBA worked with the U.S. Marine Corps to “define a use case for a blockchain-based prototype to monitor the inventory and movement of physical assets at its Albany, Georgia Depot.”

Use Case Results

RESULTS

After successfully completing Phase 1 in 2021, the U.S. Office of Navy Research awarded SIMBA a $1.5 million SBIR Phase 2 grant to begin building the initial prototype. Under this contract, SIMBA will work on a Boeing Hornet supply chain use case alongside the Naval Enterprise Technology Team (NESTT). Specifically, the company will design and build a blockchain solution to enable demand-sensing for the Defense Logistics Agency, the combat support and supply chain agency of the DoD.

Use Case Challenge

CHALLENGE

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) accounts for nearly 40% of all federal research and development spending. The Defense Technical Information Center manages this activity, overseeing an estimated 4.5 million documents across 4,000 users. The DOD sought to develop a proof-of-concept blockchain-based system to improve this critical information's integration, security, auditability, and controlled access.

Use Case Solution

SOLUTION

In 2020, SIMBA Chain was awarded a $1.2 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant from the DoD, kickstarting the ALAMEDA Project (Authenticity Ledger for Auditable Military Enclaved Data Access). The University of Notre Dame joined SIMBA Chain on the project as a subcontractor, with work taking place at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

The initial proof of concept outlined a demand-sensing solution capable of ensuring the availability of replacement parts for weaponry. Specifically, SIMBA worked with the U.S. Marine Corps to “define a use case for a blockchain-based prototype to monitor the inventory and movement of physical assets at its Albany, Georgia Depot.”

Use Case Results

RESULTS

After successfully completing Phase 1 in 2021, the U.S. Office of Navy Research awarded SIMBA a $1.5 million SBIR Phase 2 grant to begin building the initial prototype. Under this contract, SIMBA will work on a Boeing Hornet supply chain use case alongside the Naval Enterprise Technology Team (NESTT). Specifically, the company will design and build a blockchain solution to enable demand-sensing for the Defense Logistics Agency, the combat support and supply chain agency of the DoD.

SIMBA Chain

The initial ALAMEDA prototype focused on making it possible to share documents and scientific datasets efficiently while maintaining integrity, authenticity, and permissioned group access. As a cloud-based Smart Contract as a Service (SCaaS) platform, SIMBA was seen as an ideal platform for the application, empowering users to create and deploy blockchain-based applications for mobile and desktop devices. Notably, this decentralized technology enables secure, direct connections between users and providers without intermediaries.

“We are very honored to work with NESTT and the FRCSE on one of the most pressing issues facing the nation today, managing and securing military supply chains and ensuring readiness to thwart cyber and physical threats,” explains SIMBA CEO Bryan Ritchie. “Blockchain is well suited to solve complex supply chain pain points as it enables a decentralized mechanism for recording non-repudiable transactions, making data both immutable and auditable, and lastly, tamper-proof once written.”

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