Blockchain: Everything you need to know
Blockchain has been around for over a decade and more and more industries are discovering the technology on their own. In addition to optimizing business processes, technology should provide all parties with real-time insight. Acceptance into the ranks of international consortia as well as startups is high. But many ideas and potential application areas are still in their infancy. What exactly is this technology and how to build the bridge to the Bitcoin crypto asset?
What is a blockchain?
In simple terms, the blockchain acts as a decentralized database that allows transactions to be carried out over the Internet in a secure, verifiable and tamper-proof manner. Thus, it provides a cryptographic method to distribute data and record transactions with an immutable property or
Identity documents In addition to its excellent encryption technology, blockchain is characterized by the dissemination of data over a network of computers.
Application areas of blockchain technology
The range of applications of blockchain technology is diverse. Usage can make a lot of sense if the information is to be publicly available and cannot be changed later.
Many companies are currently working on applications of blockchain technology, such as digital land registers or commercial registers. Blockchain proponents are convinced that the use of technology can change our society. The following is intended to show how blockchain technology can be used in everyday life.
Blockchain Technology Use Case: Food Safety Trust
Logistics is considered a predestined application area for blockchain technology. Incoming and outgoing goods could be automatically written as a transaction in the underlying blockchain, so that there is automated control and monitoring of the supply chain.
Blockchain is also suitable for disclosing processes in the field of logistics in a publicly accessible network, in particular to create transparency. Farmers, producers, suppliers and above all consumers could particularly benefit from this.
Thus, for example, signed and therefore reliable information such as the origin and/or the state of food could be made public, which would at the same time create trust.
… the technical vision of blockchain technology
Any party with internet access and computing capability can access blockchain technology and use it accordingly. The application itself is based on what is known in technical jargon as an “open source model”. In case of discrepancies, such as interruption of the cold chain, all parties can receive a notification so that they can understand which product is affected.
Products can be clearly assigned using special information such as
- the origin of the company,
- Batch number,
- expiration date.
Grocery stores and other members of the network can trace spoiled products back to their origin and take appropriate action.
Transparency also for the end user
The fashion industry could also discover blockchain technology on its own. In addition to information about the materials and their origin, it is particularly interesting to know whether the product is counterfeit.
The bridge to crypto assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum
Bitcoin is often mentioned in connection with hacker attacks or criminal activity. But in some countries, like El Salvador, Bitcoin even acts as an official means of payment. Note that Bitcoin is not a recognized means of payment in most nations and has therefore not been able to impose itself on this point to date. Blockchain acts as the underlying technology behind Bitcoin and Ethereum and the majority of crypto assets.
The technology was also able to achieve its first big hits away from Bitcoin. Strictly speaking, it was not Bitcoin but Ethereum that was able to truly unleash the potential of blockchain technology in combination with smart contracts. 1 2 3
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- Research Emden, 2022
- IBM, 2022
- Daily News, 2021