Blockchain system tackles component counterfeiting: Page 2 of 2

September 13, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
Blockchain system tackles component counterfeiting
An anti-counterfeiting system based on blockchain could help the UK military and large manufacturers have more confidence in the electronic components they use.

The NFC and PFU identifiers are then linked to the anonymous, secure ledger that is at the heart of the blockchain technology. Whether Accenture holds the ledger or the OEM is a matter of the business model, he says. Accenture and Thales are also working on cryptographic key management and distribution technology based on blockchain called the Thales Hardware Security Module (HSM) that could be part of this system.

“Ensuring that equipment reliably performs to specification, without compromise, is critical to the stability and safety of our armed forces and this means that the defence supply chain has to assure the MOD that the right equipment is being used,” said Gareth Williams, VP Secure Communications and Information Systems at Thales UK. “The impact of non-conforming components in mission and safety critical systems, be they hardware, firmware or software is huge, not only to the operational user, but also to suppliers and integrators who are impacted negatively by grey market and counterfeit goods through reputation and re-work. As part of this programme Thales has further developed its electronic component fingerprinting technology, which when integrated with blockchain based technologies provides very strong levels of assurance and trust.”

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