Filament launches Blocklet Kit: End-to-end blockchain starter kit for the enterprise

Filament, a provider of comprehensive blockchain solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and the enterprise, today launched its Blocklet Kit, an end-to-end blockchain solution designed to help mobility, renewable energy, and other industries adopt distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) such as blockchains.

The blockchain starter kit provides everything corporations need to build blockchain proofs of concept quickly and easily including the hardware, software and security protocols plus training and technical support. Already in use by global corporations in the automotive, communications and other sectors, the blockchain kit is now generally available.

Allison Clift-Jennings, Filament CEO

“2018 has been a breakout year for enterprise blockchain technology. However, education and support remain critical as many companies are in the early stages of evaluation, exploration, and deployment. Our blockchain starter kit, which includes both the essential technology components and the on-site training, makes it as easy as possible for customers to get started with proofs of concept and production use cases.”

Allison Clift-Jennings, CEO, Filament
Filament’s Blocklet Kit includes:
  • Blocklet solutions suite – Custom hardware, pre-loaded with all relevant software, links, and documentation
  • Portable blockchain-native devices – Powerful, USB- and UART-compatible enclaves that are pre-provisioned to work with blockchain services hosted by Filament
  • Secure economic capabilities – Filament’s Blocklet technology acts as a secure hardware enclave, generating blockchain transactions directly on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) machines or devices
  • Multiple blockchain platform support – Interacts with BigchainDB and Ethereum as well as Hyperledger Fabric and Hyperledger Sawtooth frameworks
  • Intuitive integration tools – A robust Software Development Kit (SDK) and example code makes experimental integrations easy and efficient
  • Training and support – Filament includes on-site training and technical support at every stage

As the IoT continues to bring digital interconnectivity to every piece of physical infrastructure, blockchain will become the protocol that builds trust between machines, devices, and equipment.

Filament’s Blocklet solutions enable connected physical assets to become direct participants in blockchain applications by providing a means to generate cryptographic identities and sign transactions. This allows them to engage both as direct-transactors on the chain, or as an authority in smart contracts. Filament’s Blocklet Kit addresses the complete enterprise blockchain ecosystem including the hardware, software, networking and professional services requirements.


FedEx joins open source blockchain initiative

Dive Brief:

  • FedEx has joined open source blockchain initiative Hyperledger, which is designed to help industries build their own blockchain applications, according to a statement.

  • Hyperledger’s members have access to “enterprise-grade, open source distributed ledger frameworks and code bases” and include players from finance, banking, internet of things (IoT), supply chains and manufacturing.

  • “We believe that blockchain has big implications in supply chain, transportation and logistics,” Kevin Humphries, Senior Vice President, IT, FedEx Services, said in a statement.

Dive Insight:

The blockchain “collaborative” added 14 new members to its more than 250 existing members, including Honeywell International. Existing members include Accenture, Airbus, Daimler, IBM and SAP.

It’s yet unclear what FedEx is looking to do with Hyperledger’s technology, but the company has said in the past it is conducting blockchain pilots, and the possibilities of blockchain technology in the supply chain are at this point well-recognized by its major players.

Both FedEx and UPS are members of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance. UPS applied for a patentlast month to use blockchain technology to plan package routes and track them globally, as they are handled by multiple carriers. FedEx has floated the idea of using the distributed ledger technology to store records and track packages.


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