Blockchain: working together to find innovative applications

Thema:
Data sharing

Blockchain technology enables the secure and efficient exchange of digital information. This means blockchain can change the way we work, which is why it’s also called the new digital revolution. We are making a significant contribution to the development and application of blockchain.

What is blockchain?

A blockchain is a shared, fraud-proof and immutable record of digital transactions between parties who do not (necessarily ) know or trust each other. This eliminates the need for trusted intermediaries in the exchange of digital assets such as files, certificates, title deeds and so on.

The transparency, fraud-proof nature and immutability of blockchain ensures:

  • increased safety
  • enhanced privacy
  • data and system resilience
  • democratisation of digital services and products
  • greater transparency
  • cost savings
  • increased efficiency in cooperation between chain partners

Blockchains are useful in transactions between machines, people and organisations where a central trusted intermediary is undesirable or unfeasible. Unfeasible, for example, in international payment traffic or in complex (logistical) processes. It may be undesirable if it’s in society's interest for there to be a high degree of transparency (surrounding the making) of that transaction. Examples include government actions (the benefits affair) and also social media (fake news) and new developments such as the Metaverse. Exclusive control by a few tech companies over the next, much more radical, phase of the Internet is undesirable.

TNO and blockchain

Blockchain has a major impact on all sectors involving data or other value elements within and between chains. For example, energy supply, financial services, logistics, agri-food and healthcare. We are committed to bringing together knowledge and expertise on blockchain in partnerships, and from there to further develop blockchain in various sectors. The aim is to help the Netherlands innovate in order to sustainably strengthen the competitiveness of its businesses and for the welfare of society.

Reliable data sharing with blockchain

Blockchain creates trust in digital information transactions, including between parties who do not (necessarily) know or trust each other. We are working on blockchain technology that allows consumers to control their own data. They can then deliver the data in such a way that businesses can be 100% certain that the data is genuine. Businesses no longer need to check this data before, for example, issuing an insurance policy or renting out a vehicle.

With ‘self-sovereign identity’, we design complex administrative processes to enable you to manage all your affairs online and in real time with just one click. Completely privacy-friendly.

See our projects on self-sovereign identity

Tracking products

In addition to self-sovereign identity, the Blockchain roadmap focuses on provenance (origin of products). Blockchain can bring transparency to all kinds of supply chains, allowing consumers to learn more about the origin of their clothes or food. For example, we are working on blockchain solutions in logistics chains and for food safety. We've also created an application for tracking cannabis trials by the Dutch government looking into legalising the cultivation of cannabis.

Dutch Blockchain Coalition

We are a co-founder of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition (DBC). Within the DBC, we are working on the 'Blockchain for Good' mission: using blockchain technology to solve social and economic issues. We do this by contributing to so-called 'use cases'. But we are also working on technological solutions to ensure that blockchain can really take off. Consider, for example, the issue of interoperability: how can different blockchain systems work together? We also engage in the legal, ethical and social issues.

Collaboration without limits

We are working on interoperability between different blockchain solutions. In the future, businesses and governments will be interlinked by different blockchains for all sorts of processes. We are looking at how we can efficiently and effectively organise the necessary cooperation.

Blockchain is not something you do alone

By definition, blockchain is a technology that lends itself to collaboration. And our strength lies in connecting people. This, combined with our substantive knowledge of blockchain and ICT, multi-sector domain knowledge, and our independence, makes us unique.

Want to know more about what we do with blockchain, or participate in an innovative community? View our blockchain page or contact us.

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TNO set up first federation of dataspaces with NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com)

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News
27 May 2022
The collaboration has resulted in a working proof-of-concept of a federation of data spaces with access control based on policies. Read more >

5G video and data feed from ambulances improves pre-hospital triage

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News
23 December 2021

The use of real-time video and vital data significantly improves the effectiveness of assessment in emergencies, compared to the current audio-only communications. This was found during a recently completed 5G trial involving TNO, mobile telemedicine company RedZinc, and AmbulanceZorg Groningen whose aim was to see how 5G-enabled audio-video and/or vital monitoring can benefit remote patient assessment.

TNO will set up next generation data spaces with NTT Com

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News
30 November 2021
TNO is partnering with NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) in an international collaboration to set up a supply-chain information exchange. NTT Com is the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, a leading company in the telecom and communication field of Japan.

LANCELOT: new collaboration between IKNL and TNO

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News
22 November 2021
IKNL and TNO have entered a new partnership for the Lancelot project. This project will help to reduce the impact of cancer while preserving patients’ privacy.

TNO participates in European Data Spaces Team

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News
22 June 2021
Together with Team Data Spaces, TNO will contribute to setting up and coordinating data spaces in various domains.