Hortonworks and Trimble Combine Big Data and Blockchain Technologies for Logistics and Transportation

Hortonworks has announced that Trimble Transportation Enterprise Solutions is leveraging its global data management solutions with machine learning models to alleviate pain points across the transportation and logistics industry. In conjunction with Trimble’s new blockchain network, Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) are helping Trimble to increase its customers’ efficiency by modernizing transportation industry systems.

Trimble is an enterprise software provider for more than 2,000 transportation and logistics companies. Utilizing a blockchain enterprise architecture approach, Trimble’s data-powered solutions have benefits across the transportation and logistics space.

“Trimble is at the forefront of its industry by bringing big data, machine learning and blockchain technologies to its transportation and logistics customers for superior business intelligence,” said Michael Ger, general manager, industrial manufacturing and automotive solutions at Hortonworks. “We are excited to be working with Trimble to transform the way it delivers value to customers and are pleased with Trimble’s incredible business results.”

A key challenge Trimble faced was to acquire data from multiple sources and devices across the transportation ecosystem. HDF enables Trimble to ingest, transform, and route all the data into its data lake. Key data items relevant to the transportation and logistics processes are pushed by HDF into Trimble’s inter-related collection of seven blockchains. While HDF enabled data provenance on its streaming data, the blockchains enabled auditability and immutability to the data powering its processes.

Currently, the transportation industry does not support new currency forms and has both siloed communication processes and disparate data storage systems that require actions to be performed manually. By utilizing HDF, HDP, and blockchain ledgers to manage the contractual process, data exchanged via Trimble’s blockchain network will allow its clients to use Trimble coins. According to the companies, this requires little manipulation, provides full audit capabilities, and allows any authorized user to join the network and use industry standard integration models. By leveraging HDF, Trimble says it is providing transportation companies with the visibility they need to prevent problems before they occur via its in-production blockchain solutions. 

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