One of the most exciting challenge for next years is the integration of blockchain technology and physical asset management.
Blockchain could be defined as a distributed data base of records that have been executed and sheared among participants. Every executed action is verified by consensus of the most of participants of the system and, once it is recorded, never can be deleted or modified because it is distributed in thousands of computers.
So, blockchain has a right, verifiable and immutable record of every operations that have been fulfilled. This is especially interesting in physical asset management because it provides a smart property of assets.
A real application combines smart contracts, i.e. acquisition and sell contracts, insurances, warranties, or maintenance contracts; check of origin in parts and components acquisitions, and decentralized internet of things to do easy the asset operations, all of them with their required records and proof of evidences; they are applicable to the four phases of a life cycle of an asset: Acquisition, Operations, Maintenance and Decommissioning.
Benefits to apply Blockchain to asset management.
Blockchain technology provides several practical benefits to ensure the asset management plan execution and the fulfill of the ISO 55001 standard, the main ones are:
1. Keeping a decentralized verified and immutable asset historic log, that provides value as the asset is older and, above all, during the decommissioning phase or it sell as an used-asset, providing important financial benefits.
2. Right identification of asset, including it and its components and parts traceability, it makes easy to take decisions related with the life cycle cost optimization.
3. Automatization of maintenance and operation tasks based in asset condition, reducing the number of operations, controlling risks and increasing availability and productivity.
4. Ensuring contract fulfills, mainly related with design, acquisition, insurances, warranties, maintenance contracts, recycling or sell as an used-asset, that could be carry out based in info recorded in blockchain, it ensures the contracts are executed and automatizes payment.
5 Security of information, that is no possible to misplace, modify or destroy, as well as it ensures transparency among authorized participants.
AlterEvo Ltd. works in development of blockchain and asset management integration projects, focused in finanzial benefits and ensuring fulfilled of ISO 55001 standard.