IHATEC resarch project ROboB

First blockchain project for the Port of Hamburg

Since August 2018 DAKOSY works together with the Technical University of Hamburg and numerous associated partner at the IHATEC research project ROboB – Release Order based on Blockchain.

The release order, which is exchanged between the relevant parties during sea freight import, authorizes a transport company to pick up a container from the terminal. The enormous value of the goods transported in a container demands high security for access authorization and the related IT processes. Set against this backdrop, the clearance process is ideally suited to using blockchain technology: blockchain assures a common database for all participants. It can be verified by digital signatures, and through the use of cryptography and consensus algorithms, cannot be altered. Within the scope of the project, two alternative approaches will be integrated into the existing import platform of the Port of Hamburg and tested for their practical suitability - also in comparison to the existing solution. In addition to proof of feasibility, the project is also intended to contribute to making the processes in the seaport even more efficient.

ROboB is a joint project within the framework of the funding program for innovative port technologies (Innovative Hafentechnologien - IHATEC), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH is the project manager. In addition to leading partner DAKOSY Datenkommunikationssystem AG, the Institute for Logistics and Corporate Management from the Technical University of Hamburg is also part of the network of partners. Renowned representatives from the shipping industry (freight forwarders, carriers and terminal operators) as well as several industry associations act as associate partners in order to guarantee practical and reliable assessment.