Start of the computers to Indonesia project

Rationale: Xurux is involved in social issues and wants to contribute to a better world. Xurux is curious and learns by experimenting. By combining our own projects with societal challenges, we learn.

When you send a package to your uncle in America, or a letter to your aunt in Morocco, you always know in the end whether the package or the letter has arrived. After all, you can call, skype, or come into contact with the receiver in a different way. However, if you send a package to an unknown receiver, it introduces a lot more difficulty. Who would sends something to an unknown receiver now, you could ask yourself. That happens quite often. Think for example about development cooperation. If you donate money or school books. Certainly in the second case it is difficult to find out whether the books ultimately ended up at the school for which they were intended.

During a collaboration betweenAnva, Recheck, and Xurux, we try to get answers to the following question “does development aid end up at the destination?”. With this project, we provide computers with NFC chips, with which we unambiguously record the steps in the shipping process in the blockchain. By scanning the QR code, users of the Recheck application can see who has owned the computers and what has been done with them. Because eventually the (authorized) recipient of the computers also scans the chip and validates that he has received the computers, we can prove that they were not lost on the way or ended up at another location.

Start of the project: Sticking the NFC chips on the computers

We start the project at the beginning. Apply stickers on the computers. The package that we got our hands is nicely packed: 15 NFC stickers and some other items, of which, at first glance, we did not know what purpose they serve. After a short analysis, we find out that these extra stickers are meant as a sort of fuse that the products to be sent are not opened and that the NFC chip has not been temporarily removed. Think of it as a classic seal. If it is broken, you know something went wrong. This seems convenient for us because we do not want anyone to put anything inside our computers during the shipment. We apply the extra stickers and check whether the chip works. From each of the computers, we register the serial number in the blockchain with the Recheck app.

The computers are now ready for departure. To be continued…

Scan the QR code with the
Recheck app to check the status
and different steps of
the project

This is the first part of the report from “Computers to Indonesia”. Read part 2,part 3,part 4

Note: We are aware that a lot of things can go wrong when sending a palette of computers to Bali. Think, for example, of border controls, where the container where they go must be unpacked and one is lost. Theft or corruption also belong to the spectrum possibilities. Blockchain does not provide a solution to these challenges. In the following weeks, we will keep you informed of the status of the project.