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Blockchain technology in Scania Services: An investigative study of how blockchain technology can be utilized by Scania
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computing Science.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Blockchain technology emerged in 2009 together with the introduction of Bitcoin, the first virtual currency which enabled nodes in a network, that do not necessarily trust each other, to exchange digital value without the use of trusted intermediaries. Since then, the idea of disintermediation and decentralization has gained traction in a large number of applications outside the world of finance and virtual currencies. This thesis is written in collaboration with Scania, an automotive industry manufacturer, with the purpose of gaining a better understanding of blockchain technology and how it can be used in the transportation industry.

This thesis proposes five potential blockchain use cases that aim to either enhance Scania’s existing services or to create new services. Out of these five use cases, one is deemed inappropriate in regards to the use of blockchain technology while the other four have potentials benefits. The common denominator among these use cases is that they are decentralized in nature meaning that

the use of intermediaries is mitigated. It is recognized that all use cases could be implemented using traditional, centralized databases and that the use of blockchain boils down to a technology choice with its own trade-offs relative to other potential choices. This thesis concludes that blockchain technology offers a new kind of database architecture, the main benefit of which is that it lets several non-trusting entities agree on a common set of facts, without having a trusted intermediary establishing these facts. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 70
Series
UPTEC STS, ISSN 1650-8319 ; 17031
Keywords [en]
blockchain technology, decentralization, disintermediation, transportation industry, bitcoin, provenance tracking, platooning, data sharing
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-327959OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-327959DiVA, id: diva2:1131339
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Scania
Educational program
Systems in Technology and Society Programme
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Available from: 2017-08-23 Created: 2017-08-14 Last updated: 2017-08-23Bibliographically approved

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