Boeing Partners With Honeywell To Use Its GoDirect Platform

Boeing has partnered with Honeywell, a multinational aerospace conglomerate, to use its GoDirect platform to track and sell $1 billion worth of excess airplane parts using blockchain technology.


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It has been reported that the partnership was revealed at the Hyperledger Global Forum 2020 in Arizona. Lisa Butters, the General Manager of Honeywell, stated that the parts were uploaded to the GoDirect Trade marketplace last weekend.

However, the aviation industry has traditionally relied on a headache-inducing web of paper certificates pertaining to each individual part, their original manufacturer, and current safety standards.

The documents must also be physically moved between numerous locations, which have prevented the market for aviation parts from developing online due to forgery concerns.

As such, GoDirect Trade seeks to open the aviation parts industry up to digital commerce, with Butters estimating that only 3% of the $14 billion market takes place online.

Likewise, aviation parts are typically re-sold four times before being decommissioned by highlighting the benefits offered by distributed technology in being able to certify the authenticity of relevant documentation.

It has been analyzed that Honeywell’s GoDirect platform comprises a customized version of Hyperledger Fabric’s open-source code that launched less than two years ago.

Butters states that in its first year, GoDirect Trade facilitated $7 million in sales — which she expects will more than triple by the end of this year. There are approximately 6,500 registered GoDirect users representing 2,400 companies.

Thus, Butters dismissed criticisms of permission-ledgers like HyperLedger Fabric, stating:

“GoDirect Trade runs on Hyperledger Fabric. If anyone argues about the fact that this is a permission-based network that is supposed to be decentralized then they are killing the dream of enterprise blockchain before it starts. There is no way you will get Fortune 500 companies participating in blockchain networks and sharing data if there are not permissioned around that. You need some constraints for enterprises to operate in.”

Source: forbes.com | cointelegraph.com | Image: aviationpros.com

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