Tamper-proof volume tracking in supply chains with smart contracts

Ulrich Gallersdörfer, Florian Matthes

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Complex supply chains involve many different stakeholders such as producers, traders, manufacturers, and consumers. These entities comprise companies and other stakeholders spanning different countries or continents. Depending on the involved goods, the origin and the responsible harvesting of these elements are essential. Due to their high complexity, these systems enable the introduction of resources with forged identity, tricking the participants of the supply chain into believing that they acquire goods with specific properties, e.g., environmentally friendly wood or resources which are not the result of child labor. We derive requirements from the global world trade of timber and timer-based products, in which the origin of a large portion of certified wood cannot be verified. A set of smart contracts deployed within the Ethereum platform allows for a transparent supply chain with validated sources. The platform enables the tracking of variations of the original good, tracing not only the raw material but also the resulting products. The proposed solution introduces a novel exchange contract and ensures a correct overall volume of assets managed in the supply chain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuro-Par 2018
Subtitle of host publicationParallel Processing Workshops - Euro-Par 2018 International Workshops, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsGabriele Mencagli, Dora B. Heras
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030105488
StatePublished - 2019
Event24th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Euro-Par 2018 - Turin, Italy
Duration: 27 Aug 201828 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11339 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference24th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Euro-Par 2018


  • Blockchain
  • Ethereum
  • Logistics
  • Smart contracts
  • Supply chain
  • Volume tracking


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