Project Description

Heidelberg, Germany
Established in 2013

Company Teaser

Inova aims to solve issues of provenance, transparency, traceability and trust present in both agri-food and in logistics. IoT platforms for digitalization of agriculture production are readily available, as is transport data (routes and temperatures) related to food goods stored by logistic companies. The PlugThings platform will assist in the data integration and provide an added-value with printable reports of food traceability; from production to end-consumer delivery.

Inova’s proposed solution will facilitate checking the conditions in which the fruits, vegetables and animal products are produced and supply this data as an Ethereum ledger. By implementing the right APIs to leverage the authorized access to that data, the interested parties (such as producers, import customs, distributors, traders, buyers and regulators) can gain an unprecedented level of transparency that enables an effective traceability. The IoT data is kept verifiable safe and un-compromised, fostering trust in the value chain.

Inova & BlockStart

The goal in this project is to exchange sensor data between a supplier (e.g. food producer) and a logistics distribution company. The demonstrator concludes with a PDF report of the significant information obtained from this data exchange, at the end point of delivery of the food product (transparency and traceability).
Inova will handle the implementation of the framework, identify the clear necessities in terms of data of a food lot, relevant food certification compliance and reporting. The personalized report will correspond to the food certificate needs such as HACCP.
The intended work will be carried out with Inova’s Platform – PlugThings – that manages the client data (a producer or logistics company). The relevant lot data can be shared using the public Ethereum infrastructure. Using the Ethereum storage to keep the metadata of the smart contract, it is possible to forgo setting up secure databases for this exchange. Simply the client requests the data as part of the smart contract of a specific lot, and the data is supplied without duplication for processing and archiving in the final report. Another key characteristic of the work to be performed is interoperability: everything in the Ethereum ecosystem can interact with everything else, a challenge that will be evaluated in this project.
The Platform will use exiting toolkits like the Identity Management (IM) with AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) based on the uPort framework enabler. The IM protects interactions with Smart Contracts (DAPPs) under a multi-layered perspective: Check signer existence, access to groups and ability to interact with a Smart Contract (fetch metadata).

Meet the team

Vitor Vieira is a Doctorate in Medical Robotics through the University of Heidelberg (2010) and Electrotechnical Engineer (2004) by the University of Porto. Has 6 years of experience as Software Development Manager with a medical device manufacturer, before co-founding Inova DE in 2014.

Raquel Sousa has more than 10 years of experience inside the product development life cycle. Initially as a software developer and architect and in the last 7 years as a project manager of complex ICT projects.

João Rodrigues has a degree in Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (2019). He has experience in software development, mostly web, around two years of professional experience and a certificate in Amazon Web Services (AWS). He just completed a training course in Block-chain technologies

Hélder Oliveira has acquired skills in the last five years in Web development using the MVC Framework Laravel, Javascript and NodeJS, and angular. Alongside the professional experience referred to, developing mobile Android (Java) and iOS (Swift) have been part of this career.

Funding received under BlockStart: € 1,000 (Ideation Kick-off)