Trimble Transportation, a leading provider of software, business intelligence and related solutions to the North American transportation industry, has become a charter member of the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA). Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology ideally suited to transactional applications such as the movement of freight. BiTA members will collaborate in setting standards for blockchain applications developed for trucking companies, logistics organizations and other transportation enterprises.
Tim Leonard, executive vice president of technology for TMW, will lead the company’s participation in BiTA. Leonard, who recently was recognized as 2017 “Data Visionary” in the Americas Data Heroes Awards program sponsored by Hortonworks, has published a new white paper, available here, that explores the benefits of blockchain for an increasingly multi-modal transportation environment.
“Trimble Transportation is a leader and innovator in transportation management software and their software is core to a significant portion of the for-hire capacity in the industry,” said Craig Fuller, CEO of TransRisk and co-founder of BiTA. “They will play a key role in helping us to set standards for blockchain applications and smart contracts. We are ecstatic they have elected to join us in this journey in developing the next great technology.”
Blockchain is becoming widely accepted in multiple industries, including stock trading, banking, insurance and real estate – each of which, like the freight supply chain, is characterized by complex, high-volume transactions. Blockchain simplifies the management of transactional data by storing contracts and related information within transparent, auditable, secure “blocks” that are shared by multiple parties. The Harvard Business Review recently described the technology as having “the potential to create new foundations for our economic and social systems.”
“Blockchain, machine learning and other emerging technologies can play vital roles in helping transportation service providers more efficiently and profitably meet the demands of tomorrow’s highly complex supply chains,” said TMW’s Tim Leonard. “We are excited to help lead the development of standards and innovative applications that can transform the movement of freight from supplier to end consumer.”
About Trimble Transportation
TMW is a leading transportation software provider to commercial and private fleets, brokerage and 3PL organizations. Founded in 1983, TMW has focused on providing enterprise software to the transportation industry, including asset-based and non-asset-based operations as well as heavy-duty vehicle service centers. With offices in Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Vancouver, the company serves over 2,000 customers, including many of the largest, most sophisticated and complex transportation service companies in North America. TMW is a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB) and part of the international Transportation and Logistics Division.