Zaragoza Logistics Center has signed an agreement with the Alastria Association to promote projects based on the development of distributed registration technologies, DTL, or blockchain technology, thus promoting the digital economy.
This technology can promote the appearance of new business models in all economic sectors, so the objective is that companies integrate this technology and take advantage of its benefits, which are many, such as improvements in efficiency, disintermediation or traceability.
Alastria and ZLC will develop projects together in Blockchain
Both parties may develop research projects based on this technology and produce publications related to the DLT. Likewise, the agreement enables the participation of researchers from the educational centre in the projects promoted by the Association, as well as collaboration in study plans.
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Alastria is a multi-sector consortium promoted by companies and institutions for the establishment of a semi-public infrastructure Blockchain permitted, which supports services with legal effectiveness in the Spanish area and according to European regulations.
However, it would allow the participation of researchers from the education and research centre promoted by the Government of Aragon together with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the different projects promoted by Alastria, as well as collaboration in study plans to train both students and teachers.
This signature will allow both entities to develop research projects based on Blockchain, as well as to produce publications related to the distributed registration and the realization of doctoral or end of master thesis.
Students from ZLC will be able to extend their training partners of the consortium and Alastria
The students of ZLC will be able to extend their training with the partners of the consortium and Alastria will collaborate with Zaragoza Logistics Center in the promotion of global inter-university networks, promoting the formalization of multilateral agreements with private centers or public institutions that promote research and the transfer of technology of distributed records in the cross-border area.
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As for Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), it is an institute promoted by the Government of Aragon in collaboration with MIT and attached to the University of Zaragoza, created at the end of 2003.
Its mission is to be an international centre of excellence in research and education in logistics and supply chain management that actively participates with industry and the public sector to develop and disseminate knowledge. Through the agreement with MIT, it subsequently gave way to the creation of the MIT Global SCALE Network of which ZLC is a part and which expands to four continents.
The Director of Research of ZLC, Carolina Ciprés, has highlighted that the signing of this agreement „is a very interesting opportunity to join forces“.
„For some time now, we have been participating in research projects in which we are working on the digitalization of the supply chain, through new enabling technologies. This year we have started a Blockchain project, and we want to incorporate it, little by little, in our training programs; in fact, we already have some advanced sessions, but we want to give it more relevance“, said Ciprés.
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For her part, the Director General of Alastria, Monserrat Guardia, has highlighted that the adhesion of FTAs to the association „adds to the knowledge of the blockchain ecosystem in general and in particular to the integration of this technology into the supply chain sector“.
„Blockchain is an innovative technology that can boost the emergence of new business models in all economic sectors. The current challenge is to get companies to integrate this technology and take advantage of its benefits, which are many, such as efficiency improvements, disintermediation or traceability. The world of applied research has a lot to contribute to this challenge and the supply chain sector is a very interesting field of experimentation for this“, he said.