Blockchain Tech Successfully Integrated in Voting System and Meat Quality Inspection in Europe

Jul 03, 2018 at 23:00

European developers who want to fully utilize blockchain technology has successfully integrated it with another application as it is now being used for a voting system as well as in inspecting meat quality.

Zug, a city in Switzerland, has successfully completed its first test of a local blockchain-based voting system in an election that took place between June 25 and July 1 which stored both polling information and residents’ IDs on the system.

According to the Swiss Broadcasting Corp., the city’s head of communications, Dieter Müller, claimed that the use of blockchain tech on the said poll was a success, with results going to be evaluated over the coming months.

The city noted the primary goal of building the blockchain-based platform developed by Luxoft, in partnership with the city and the department of computer science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, is to make the voting process safer and less susceptible to unnoticed manipulation.

“There are concerns about electronic voting because voting is a fundamental mechanism for direct voting… That’s why we believe that this technology should not belong to a single company. We will build the e-voting platform open source so that people can understand what the technology is and how it works. We want to encourage more people to develop blockchain-based applications for governments worldwide,” Vasily Suvorov, Luxoft’s chief technology officer said in a recent statement.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), announced that it has successfully piloted a blockchain-based supply chain monitoring system which tracks pertinent data in the supply chain.

“Our approach has been to develop data standards with industry that will make theory reality and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to show that blockchain does indeed work in this part of the food industry. I think there are great opportunities now for industry and government to work together to expand and develop this approach,” FSA head of information management Sian Thomas, expressed in a statement.

Following the pilot, additional programs will be tested to give farmers access to data about their animals this month. The trial is the first time the regulatory agency used blockchain to monitor food supply chains but various retailers have already begun experimenting with the use case including Walmart, JD.com, Alibaba, Cargill and CBH Group.