Great Dane Joins blockchain alliance

From the April 2018 issue.

US trailer manufacturer, Great Dane, has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), a coalition of industry leaders dedicated to the development of blockchain standards, education and solutions for the freight industry.

“As a transportation solutions leader, it is Great Dane’s mission to stay on the cutting edge of new technology and innovation,” said Great Dane President, Dean Engelage.

“To accomplish this, we collaborate with industry stakeholders in both the transportation industry and other industries with which we share a vested interest in improving the future of goods mobility, which is why we are excited to join BiTA. As a member of this forward-thinking organisation, we have the ability to stay up-to-date on the evolving open data standards, while also working to ensure that the framework for how this transformational technology will be utilized by the global transportation industry is inclusive of the trailer and truck body space,” he said.

Great Dane will collaborate with the other members of BiTA, including shippers, third party logistics providers, OEMs, vendors and more, to help educate and guide the transportation industry towards the successful implementation and adoption of blockchain technology. As the first trailer OEM to join BiTA as well as the only trailer OEM in the industry to have developed a data-driven integrated telematics solution for trailers, Great Dane will be able to provide unique insight into the data security and asset management needs of fleets.

“Blockchain technology can help to maintain secure, trackable data, while providing greater visibility into the supply chain to quickly identify issues," said Engelage.

"With the largest service network for trailers in the industry, our scale uniquely positions us to help fleets begin to leverage the benefits of blockchains by driving efficiencies across an array of cost buckets, including better transparency and history on an individual trailer basis into maintenance, repairs, parts and warranty terms.

“We are thrilled to partner with BiTA to learn more about this incredible technology and to play a role in bringing blockchain solutions to the transportation industry,” he said.

Other BiTA members include Werner Enterprises, Jingdong Logistics, Penske Logistics and UPS.

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