TE-FOOD launches BlockSeal, a new product for certificate issuers to create secure, authentic, and easy-to-share certificates on blockchain.
Paper based certifications are vulnerable
As we have been working with supply chains, we learned that they face several hurdles regarding certificates. Both the unified management, and the authenticity of the certificates are constant problems for food producers and retailers. We solved the unified certificate management within TE-FOOD, but when we analysed the authenticity problem, we learned that it affects a lot of different industries as well.
In the supply chain, the suppliers provide certifications about their company (ISO, GlobalG.A.P, etc.), their products (Organic, Halal, Kosher, etc.), or their batches (test lab results). As consumer behaviors force food producers and retailers to chase cheaper product options, they often source their products from companies (often intermediaries) they don’t know if they get better deals. In these cases, they often face problems with fake certifications.
The same authenticity problem exists in the area of university degrees, accreditations, profession-wide certifications as well.
There are several certificate mills around the world, which create fake documents to anyone for a fee. One of the most well-known examples is the Pakistan based scandal, where a company sold $140M value of fake university degrees.
New technologies have a significant role to solve certificate counterfeiting, and modernizing the issuance of certifications.
The BlockSeal solution
Blockchain is an excellent technology for use cases, where the trust problem exists. When a supplier provides an ISO certification, or someone posts a degree when applying to a job, you can’t be sure if the certificate is genuine or fake.
Certificates stored on blockchain are immutable, and can prove authenticity of a paper based document, while they are easy to share online.
BlockSeal provides an easy way for certificate issuers to upload certificate data, get back a QR code and a blockchain hash, and generate an electronic version of the certificate with the blockchain based data. The QR code can be printed on the paper based certificate to serve as a reference to the landing page for validation reasons.
While TE-FOOD focuses on supply chains, and their relevant certifications, BlockSeal can provide solution for a wider customer base. Educational organizations, certification organizations, or test labs can differentiate themselves by providing authentic electronic copy of their certificates. Through our partner, Jura Security Printing, our customers can print copy protected QR codes on the certificates which refers to the data stored on blockchain.