Blockchain-based solution for proof of delivery of physical assets

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Abstract

To date, building a highly trustworthy, credible, and decentralized proof of delivery (POD) systems to trace and track physical items is a very challenging task. This paper presents a blockchain based POD solution of shipped physical items that uses smart contracts of Ethereum blockchain network, in which tracking, and tracing activities, logs, and events can be done in a decentralized manner, with high integrity, reliability, and immutability. Our solution incentivizes each participating entity including the seller, transporter, and buyer to act honestly, and it totally eliminates the need for a third party as escrow. Our proposed POD solution ensures accountability, punctuality, integrity and auditability. Moreover, the proposed solution makes use of a Smart Contract Attestation Authority to ensure that the code follows the terms and conditions signed by the participating entities. It also allows the cancellation of the transaction by the seller, buyer and transporter based on the contract state. Furthermore, the buyer can also ask for a refund in certain justifiable cases. The full code, implementation discussion with sequence diagrams, testing and verification details are all included as part of the proposed solution.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationBlockchain – ICBC 2018 - 1st International Conference, Held as Part of the Services Conference Federation, SCF 2018, Proceedings
EditorsShiping Chen, Liang-Jie Zhang, Harry Wang
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages139-152
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319944777
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Event1st International Conference on Blockchain, ICBC 2018 Held as Part of the Services Conference Federation, SCF 2018 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10974 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Blockchain, ICBC 2018 Held as Part of the Services Conference Federation, SCF 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period25/06/1830/06/18

Keywords

  • Blockchain
  • Ethereum
  • Proof of delivery
  • Smart contracts

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