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GE Aviation, Microsoft Reveal Aircraft Parts Blockchain

May 12, 2019 / Ian Allison

GE Aviation, which supplies jet engines to about 60 percent of the global airline industry, has built a supply chain track-and-trace blockchain with the help of Microsoft Azure. GE Aviation Digital Group aims to share the blockchain, a self-built derivative of ethereum, across an industry-wide consortium of partners. The ledger’s use case, which is about monitoring and collating data tied to the manufacture and life cycle of critical aircraft engine parts, could scarcely be more pertinent given the recent travails of Boeing. While GE Aviation sells aircraft engines to commercial airlines and the military, GE Aviation Digital Group is a business unit within that which employs some 700 staff globally and sells software externally to the industry. As well as blockchain, the group turns out a range of 3D printing, IoT and data science solutions.