Project Description

Transparent monitoring for last-mile deliveries

Riga, Latvia
Established in 2019

Kedeon.com

Teaser of the company

Kedeon makes grocery delivery more secure, transparent and trusted. It provides a solution that protects the brand image and reputation of the delivery services and helps to boost consumer trust and confidence. It helps to prevent the major health risks from food spoilage that are caused by cold chain temperature breaches during the last-mile delivery of perishable food products. The platform allows grocery delivery services to utilize purpose-built IoT sensors that enable real-time monitoring and alerts, as well as to provide transparent delivery information to consumers.

Kedeon has developed the following blockchain-based prototype in the scope of BlockStart:

Kedeon – Last-mile delivery monitoring

lastmiledelivery

Kedeon provides transparent monitoring of last-mile delivery for groceries and food. Utilizing easy to implement hardware IoT modules that require little to no changes in the existing operations and minimal training. It allows to protect the company and reassures end-consumers. Its purpose-built platform works with existing workflow of companies and delivery personnel. By also enabling end-consumers to see transparent information they are reassured about the safety of grocery delivery services and this can be used for the publicity and marketing of the service (standing out from the competition).

Moreover, blockchain recording ensures data verifiability and enables to better prove liability in the case of breaches.

Technical development during Prototype stage

During the BlockStart programme, Kedeon developed a prototype of the new hardware temperature sensor units for the requirements of last-mile delivery services.

This includes battery-powered operation, the possibility to include other sensors, LTE-M/NB-IoT internet connectivity, and seed generation on the device for immutable data recording, as well as the successful deployment of smart contracts on Ethereum testnet.

Moreover, a Web3.js-based dashboard was developed to the needs identified during customer interviews, as well as a prototype of the end-consumer verification platform.

Business development during Prototype stage

During the BlockStart programme, Kedeon reached out to more than 35 SMEs in Latvia, and as a result, started the on-boarding of 5 interested companies. Now, with the help of BlockStart, the team is looking to expand its operations to other European countries.

Pilot stage implementation

Pilots 

In BlockStart, Kedeon implemented its “Last-mile delivery monitoring” product in 5 SME adopters

Monitoring of B2B food product deliveries and B2C grocery deliveries.

Courier app used by 2 couriers; Over 75 deliveries monitored; Provided feedback about dashboard functionality.

Monitoring of B2C grocery deliveries.

Courier app used by 3 couriers; Over 50 deliveries monitored; Provided feedback about HW functionality.

Monitoring of fresh fish wholesale deliveries.

Provided feedback about changes to HW casing for use with fish deliveries.

Monitoring of meat product storage and deliveries to stores.

Over 150h of monitoring; more than 5 deliveries monitored; Provided feedback about stationary use of sensors.

Monitoring of perishable and sensitive last-mile deliveries conducted for other companies.

Courier app used by 4 couriers; Over 100 deliveries monitored; Provided feedback about courier app UX.

SME adopters

Meet the Team

Reinis Skorovs
Reinis SkorovsCEO
Alumni of Techstars and the 500 Startups blockchain program, co-founder of “#1 most innovative company” in Georgia. Previously published research on decentralized IoT systems. EMBA at RBS
Aleksandrs Levinskis
Aleksandrs LevinskisHead of Engineering
Researcher at the Institute of Electronics & Computer Science in Riga. Joined Kedeon as the Head of Engineering after the Future of Food hackathon. Previously Embedded System Engineer at MikroTik
Kristaps Mikasenoks
Kristaps MikasenoksCOO
Worked for a Techstars funded company and participated in the initial batch of the 500 Startups blockchain program. Previously lead expert at the Ministry of Finance of Latvia
Ronalds Sovas
Ronalds SovasPHP Developer
Born hacker, built 4 hardware products, and 50+ software projects. Previously advisor and mentor to 10+ Latvian startup companies about software and hardware development

Media features

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The BlockStart programme helped us to find the perfect target customer segment for our product, validate our technology, and test it with European SMEs. Our assigned mentor was a great help along the way, guiding us through all necessary documents and deliverables, making it a much more enjoyable experience.

Reinis Skorovs, Founder/CEO, Kedeon

Total funding received under BlockStart: €20,000 (€1,000 for Ideation Kick-off, €15,000 for Prototype stage and €4,000 for Pilot stage)