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American Truck and Rail Audits, Inc. (AMTR) is proud to announce that it has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance.

“As a company that provides a service that sits at the intersection of both shipper and carrier data, we are excited to get in on the ground floor of the blockchain standards setting and adoption discussion. We can’t audit for our clients without integrating shipping, financial and product data. Any changes to how that data looks, flows, or is exchanged are of critical importance to us. We understand that blockchain technology is transformative. We want to be involved as the technology develops, and feel we have some unique expertise to offer to the standards development effort as well,” says AMTR CTO, Jim Sacrey.

A blockchain is a type of distributed ledger, comprised of unchangeable, digitally recorded data in packages called blocks. Each block is then “chained” to the next block, using a cryptographic signature. This allows blockchains to be used like a ledger, which can be shared and accessed by anyone with the appropriate permissions. The built-in security mechanisms of blockchain make it extremely difficult for hackers to compromise servers participating in the network where the distributed ledgers are stored.

BiTA will build the first set of transportation industry-specific blockchain standards by engaging with the brightest minds and the most influential leaders in transportation. BiTA standards are intended to create a common framework to help organizations develop and implement blockchain technology. For AMTR, partnering with BiTA is an exciting and strategic opportunity to be involved in the industry, to stay informed for our clients, and to evolve our own internal technologies, as well.

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