Data storage company Seagate has announced a partnership with IBM to begin utilizing blockchain technology to follow products throughout the supply chain.

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Manuel Offenberg. Managing Technologist, Research - Data Security at Seagate Technology
Manuel Offenberg

Seagate’s blockchain project will involve “the cryptographic identity of the device in the blockchain transaction, such that the digital trust of the product itself is part of the transaction,” according to Seagate research group managing technologist of data security Manuel Offenberg.

The project will track Seagate products to the customer, as well as verify product authenticity.

The pilot testing will begin this week with IBM as its first customer. After testing, the project will branch out to other partners in the supply chain.

Seagate’s retail line of products has not been added to the blockchain. The company plans to expand the blockchain supply chain solution to the end-consumer level following more testing.

IBM is recognized as one of the leading enterprise blockchain providers.

Since 2016, IBM has worked with hundreds of clients across financial services, supply chain, government, retail, digital rights management and healthcare to implement blockchain applications, and operates a number of networks running live and in production.

IBM is an early member of Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies.

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