GE Transportation Joins Global Blockchain Trade Association

GE Transportation[1], a global supplier of railroad, mining, marine, drilling, and energy generation equipment, announced[2] that it joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance[3] (BiTA) in a press release published March 1.

The trade association consists of more than 230 participants[4] including UPS[5], FedEx, Penske Logistics, and Warren Buffet[6]’s BNSF Railway, with a collective revenue exceeding $1 trillion, according to the GE Transportation blog post.

According to their website, BiTA formed in 2017 to implement and develop Blockchain[7] technology in the transport and logistics industries.

Craig Fuller, Managing Director of BiTA noted that GE Transportation has always been “on the forefront of technology,” adding that the association is glad GE will be an active participant “helping to lead the blockchain framework for the industry.”

Chicago-based GE Transportation is a division[8] of the US multinational conglomerate General Electric (GE). According to Monica Caldas, Chief Information Officer for GE Transportation, a “[d]igital Industrial leader” should first apply advanced technologies internally to boost productivity and then “apply those learnings for our customers’ benefit as well.”

As reported[9] by Cointelegraph in January 2018, the logistics industry employs the most people in the world. As the industry grows, it faces problems of scaling sustainably and efficiently, which Blockchain tech can be used to address.