European Commission Defense Program Offers Grants for Blockchain

The European Commission (EC) is looking for a program that fosters innovation and adapts technologies for civilian and defense purposes, including the blockchain concepts. According to a European Defense Industrial Development Program tender, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are called upon to offer their innovative and future-oriented solutions.

26 March, 2020 | AtoZ MarketsEuropean Commission published a European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) tender inviting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to propose quick and profitable solutions. It is also focusing on new approaches and proposals for technologies or concepts that have not yet apply to the defense sector.

Combinations of Blockchain With Digital Twins

The program will accept proposals for “infrastructure, based on real-time cloud on-premise, benefiting from the robustness of blockchain technologies“. A digital twin is a digital copy of a physical object, process or system. For example, a digital plan for a car or a bicycle would be its digital twin.

As a report from Deloitte 2018, the combination of digital twins and blockchain can offer particular advantages for sectors such as the Internet of Things. It can be used, among other applications, for predictive maintenance in production environments.

Deloitte points out that blockchain can be useful in providing secure identity management, transparent ownership models and efficient data analytics. All can improve the flexibility and resilience of various systems.

A digital twin on the blockchain also allows companies to keep information about their products. It also allows to verify the place of manufacture or previous ownership documents demonstrating the legitimacy of a product.

The project would aim to improve current military logistics needs such as maintenance, supply chains, and energy consumables.

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As regards blockchain, the EC provides an overview to guide requests for participation in the program. It should benefit from its budget of € 254 million for grants in 2019-20 if accepted.

Proposals should cover studies or designs that offer the possibility of adapting defense technologies. Moreover, it should produce cost-effective and efficient products for military use.

Proposals can be submitted from 15 April, and the deadline is 1 December 2020. But it can extend in case of problems resulting from the current coronavirus crisis.

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