Counterfeit hard drives: Seagate uses IBM’s blockchain

To prevent counterfeiting of its hard drives, Seagate chose to authenticate them and follow the supply chain through blockchain, called on IBM.

Seagate and IBM are teaming up to reduce counterfeit hard drives from the world leader in data storage solutions using blockchain technology.

The group founded in 1979 specifies, in a blog contribution, that according to the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, the global trade in counterfeit and pirated electronic products has reached more than $ 1.7 trillion (1.7 trillion).

A key registered on the product and in the blockchain

Hard drives will thus benefit from increased protection thanks to cryptographic signatures similar to those which guarantee that each bitcoin is unique.

Concretely, in order to verify the HDDs, Seagate will now affix a physical eID (Seagate secure electronic identification technology) marker on each product, which will include an electronic key. This will then be stored in IBM’s blockchain.

This key can be verified at any time to ensure that the product sent down the supply chain is the genuine hard drive produced by Seagate.

IBM’s blockchain platform

Based on Hyperledger Fabric maintained by the Linux Foundation, but originally from Big Blue, IBM’s blockchain platform makes it possible to add and / or view blockchain data according to granted authorization levels.

The blockchain guarantees an immutable recording of events, which makes it possible to confirm the provenance of the product to end users.

Blockchain technology can be extremely effective in confirming the provenance and authenticity of assetsSays Bruce Anderson, global general manager of IBM’s electronics business. “The ability to work with Seagate to combine blockchain with advanced cryptographic identification technology is what sets this work apart and indicates the potential of blockchain to reinvent electronic product lifecycle management processes. Counterfeit electronic components are a global problem that requires an ecosystem-wide problem-solving effort.

Mark Re, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Seagate, added “ that IBM has a long tradition of technological innovation, as evidenced by its market leadership in blockchain technology for the provenance of products in various industries“.

In the same logic of guaranteeing the authenticity of products, IBM officially launched last October its service based on the IBM Trust Food blockchain, allowing food products to be tracked, with Carrefour as a new partner.

(photo credit: Robert Scoble via VisualHunt.com / CC BY)

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