Blockchain: Chainwood finishes project with development of a tool for wood traceability

The ChainWood task force concludes the project after developing an intelligent tool for the management and traceability of wood. This was reported by Diario TI, in Spain, in an article published on August 28th.

As explained in that publication, the ChainWood project has successfully developed a solution that applies blockchain technology to make the Spanish wood sector more efficient and sustainable. This has happened after two years of work and collaboration between several companies, technology centers and other entities in the forestry sector and innovation.

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They also explained that ChainWood is a supranational task force, created with funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food’s call for task forces.

„The aim of this nationwide project has been to design and develop a safe software infrastructure based on blockchain applicable different by-products of the first transformation of wood, from solid wood, disintegration, cellulose pulp and biomass, allowing the different actors (owners, associations, forest exploitation companies, transporters, certifiers, public administrations and processors) a management tool and traceability of the product more efficient, safe and sustainable,“ they detailed in the article.

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The consortium that has developed this project has been formed by two forestry partners: FMC forestry consulting and Maderas Siero. Also by two technological partners: Accuro Technology and Emergya. In addition, an association of forest owners, FAFCYLE, has participated. As well as two technological foundations: CETEMAS and CTA. And an industrial cluster: Cluster da Madeira e o Deseño de Galicia.

„The ChainWood operating group has been working for two years to offer concrete solutions to the different actors in the forestry chain and has created a software infrastructure as well as a web and mobile application that allows a more transparent, efficient, sustainable and secure access to the product, the market and all the operations that are carried out among the participants of this chain“, specified from Diario TI.

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„The project focused on the development of a blockchain infrastructure and a web and mobile application, which were subsequently integrated and validated both internally and externally by forestry agents. In a first phase of the project, the use cases of the supply chain of first transformation of the wood were analyzed and a study of the state of the art was carried out. As a result of all this work, it has been possible to develop ChainWood,“ they later added.

Pilot tests
It should be noted that, in the last months of the project, pilot tests have already been carried out in Galicia, Asturias and Castilla León to check the effectiveness of the blockchain solution. This has meant making purebas in several locations, with different types of wood and with real users, such as: producers, industries and logistics companies. Below, more details according to each area:

Galicia

Three pilot tests were carried out with pine and eucalyptus processing companies and with a Bitcoin Method forest exploitation and logistics company.

Jesús Martínez, project coordinator and director of the FMC forestry consultancy, said that they worked „in real scenarios and with the participation of the teams of each of the companies where each member has exercised a particular profile: producer, bid manager, order and operations manager, harvesting manager, transporters.

In addition, he said, with the tests carried out, have been able to „identify the suitability of the solution, as well as improvements and modifications that are necessary to make in order to have a minimum viable product of interest to the wood processing sector in Spain.