Track & Trace computers to Indonesia with blockchain – The computers are on their way

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.

Five months ago we started the project “Computers to Indonesia”. The goal is to establish irrevocable facts about the delivery of development aid at its destination. At first glance, something like that seems very simple: pack the computers, sent them, wait for them to arrive. You are thinking: what could go wrong? Well, a lot apparently. Because not everywhere in the world logistics/mail works as well as in the Netherlands. If we send something here, it will most likely arrive in good terms, often the next day as the webshops now prove on a daily basis.

At the start of this project, I had doubts about its usefulness. In all my naivety, I was under the impression that we would receive a message after one month that the computers had arrived. This turned out quite a bit different. Currently, about 5 months after the shipment, the only message we received is that the container has arrived on the island. Followed by more radio silence. Our development aid has still not arrived, and no one knows exactly where it is and who had possession of the pallet last.

Time for action. In the following weeks, I will be going to Bali to look for the computers. The last clue of where they can be is a couple of shipping numbers and a contact person on the island.

The failure of this shipment shows the importance of blockchain within development aid. How many packages are lost annually that we do not know of? In this project already 1 out of the 1 shipments. Because we cannot make adequate agreements and arrangements throughout the entire chain, we do not see who had possession of the shipment last. Blockchain wont stop you from losing a package, but it does provide insight into who had possession of the package last. When you make adequate agreements within a logistics chain and all use the same publicly available technology (Recheck in our case), we can track shipments more accurately. We could record checkpoints of where the shipment is and who owns it. So we would have a better clue of where to begin looking for the computers. Blockchain makes it possible for the entire chain to collaborate on the same platform, so that everyone always has access to the same information.

But for now, lets go to Indonesia. To be continued…