Vodafone and Chainlink partnered to transform global trade thanks to Blockchain


Vodafone’s Digital Asset Broker (DAB) partnered with Sumitomo Corporation, Chainlink Labs, and InnoWave, to complete a proof of concept (PoC) that leverages blockchain interoperability for digital bills of lading. This innovative project leverages Chainlink’s Cross Chain Interoperability Protocol (CCIP), enabling seamless and secure communications across diverse blockchain networks, both permissionless and permissioned. This initiative has the goal of simplifying and securing the cumbersome process of cargo title transfers in international trade, marking a significant progress in the $32 trillion global trade ecosystem.

Blockchain Disruption in Bills of Lading:

Bills of lading are critical documents in the trade finance world, representing the title to cargo in transit and facilitating numerous transactions between banks, shippers, and receivers. Traditionally, these documents have been physically couriered or transferred through system-specific digital solutions, leading to a fragmented and inefficient process. Blockchain technology, as utilized in Vodafone’s PoC, offers an innovative solution that has the potential to transform current processes. By enabling a standard, secure, and universally accessible method for title transfers, blockchain promises to drastically reduce the complexity and increase the efficiency of global trade logistics. Currently, only 2.1% of 45 million bills are digital, and with a commitment by major cargo carriers to go digital by 2025, blockchain, due to its intrinsic characteristic and advantages in fostering transparency, traceability and immutability, is set to revolutionize this space.

Chainlink and Vodafone’s DAB:

Vodafone’s Digital Asset Broker (DAB) represents a revolutionary convergence of IoT, blockchain, and smart contracts, aiming to automate and energize the ‘Economy of Things.’ Chainlink’s CCIP enhances Vodafone’s DAB by providing robust cross-blockchain communication, a critical capability for realizing a truly interconnected and automated global trade network. This collaboration is not just about improving existing systems; it’s about reimagining them. Vodafone’s DAB, with its IoT integration, can, for instance, turn cargo into ‘smart’ assets that actively communicate their status, leading to instantaneous insurance claims or quality checks. This visionary approach aims to set new standards in trade efficiency, security, and transparency.

Benefits & Outcomes
  • Streamlines global trade logistics (specifically with bills of lading)
  • Increases security and reliability in cargo transactions
  • Enhances interoperability between various blockchain systems
  • Promotes innovation in the trade finance sector
  • Facilitates real-time monitoring and automation through IoT integration
Further Info

At SmartCon 2023 in Barcelona, the collaboration between Vodafone DAB and Chainlink showcased a pivotal development in global trade. Vodafone DAB’s role as a Chainlink Network node operator was highlighted, signifying a deeper collaboration aimed at revolutionizing global trade. This partnership, as emphasized by Jorge Bento, leverages Chainlink’s decentralized oracles to bridge the gap between traditional and decentralized platforms, enhancing the security and efficiency of trade processes. This strategic alliance positions Vodafone DAB at the forefront of blockchain innovation, driving the integration of IoT and blockchain to unlock new opportunities and streamline the exchange of data and services in the vast trade ecosystem.

The project does not use a particular blockchain. Instead, it focuses on interoperability across various blockchains using Chainlink’s Cross Chain Interoperability Protocol (CCIP), facilitating seamless data exchange and services across different platforms.





Vodafone announced that it has demonstrated the proof of concept (PoC). The companies will continue to explore the viability of global trade applications benefiting from DAB’s Economy of Things (EoT) platform.

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