Edinburgh Napier and Eyecademy announce blockchain collaboration

The collaboration is supported by the Scottish Funding Council’s Innovation Voucher scheme, which is administered by Interface, who work with businesses to translate their ideas into "dynamic briefs for academics"

Edinburgh Napier University has teamed with data and analytics provider Eyecademy to use blockchain technology to develop verifiable records for the supply journey of ethically-sourced food.

The collaboration will be among the first projects undertaken at the university’s new Blockpass Identity Lab. It aims to use blockchain tech to overcome difficulties around the provenance of organic produce, reassuring consumers of ethical sources, countries of origin and producers in the journey from farm to table.

In this application, blockchain technology can be tapped by countries like Scotland to protect and promote national brands on the international stage. It could also be used in further applications to follow supply journeys for raw materials from a variety of industries, connecting producers, distributors, regulatory bodies and consumers.

A new world

Professor Bill Buchanan, Director of the Blockpass Identity Lab, says: “Edinburgh Napier is keen to work with innovative companies like Eyecademy around blockchain to take full advantage of this new world we are creating. The application of blockchain and tracking methods will allow us to create a trustworthy trail for food and thus support both the providers and their customers.”

Liam Bell, the lead blockchain researcher in the lab, says: “We are delighted to integrate Eyecademy into the lab, and will continue to work with them in the development of their product. They have a long track record of success in the industry, and see great potential in the integration of blockchain and advanced cryptography with food provenance.”

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