Many operational and commercial practices remain inefficient and antiquated in the mining and metals industry, leading to critical data omissions, security vulnerabilities, and even corruption.
However, these inefficiencies can be eliminated with blockchain, an immutable and cryptographically secure archive of records stored on a distributed ledger, by using smart contracts built on the Ethereum platform. Minerac will allow stakeholders to securely exchange critical trade documents, such as bills of lading and letters of credit, via the use of smart contracts.
Commodity trading transactions involve multiple parties, located in different jurisdictions. Logistics are complex, financing is difficult to acquire and the entire process is very paper heavy. Thus, the industry is primed for blockchain disruption to simplify the trading process, increase efficiency and profitability,
...said Boris Eykher, CEO Open Mineral.
Beyond mining and metals, blockchain solutions are applicable to all stakeholders connected to the broader value chain, from ship operators and financial institutions to surveying laboratories, warehouses and many others.
Minerac will offer a solution where all parties involved in the supply chain will benefit from digitization, secure data collection, the seamless exchange of data and immutability of their records, made possible by the Ethereum platform,
said Joseph Lubin, co-Founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys.
The consortium is also set on addressing key sustainability and security issues by creating processes that would require sealed bags or containers to be stamped with a unique, tamper-proof, identifying ID that will be logged on the Minerac ecosystem.
The ID will contain specific information related to each parcel of ore and will also be continually updated with location details and movements. This will provide clients transporting high-value minerals with increased security and will also help validate that the commodity being purchased is from compliant and conflict-free regions.
Minerac will develop its own enterprise platform based on the industry standards established by the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). Minerac will also integrate ConsenSys' cloud-based TMS logistics platform, a customizable solution designed to support the commodities logistics space by reducing the amount of data entry points and reconciliations during the supply chain process.
The project will be incubated out of ConsenSys Energy and Natural Resources group, a team within ConsenSys Solutions, in partnership with Open Mineral.