( Courtesy GS1 US )

A trial with GS1 US and four traceability solution providers has shown that multiple traceability systems can interoperate, exchanging information on a product’s supply chain journey in the food system.

The GS1 US “proof of concept” project, will include more test phases, according to a release. The first phase used systems that leveraged blockchain, cloud and other traceability technology from FoodLogiQ, IBM Food Trust, ripe.io and SAP, to track products in a simulated seafood supply chain.

The four providers determined that interoperability between solutions was possible when using GS1’s System of Standards for identifying products and locations, and the GS1 Electronic Product Code Information Services as a standardized data model, according to the release.

The standard provided a consistent format for sharing event data and transmitting information, according to the release.

“These four solution providers have joined together with GS1 US to help solve the challenge of systems interoperability because they recognize the value of GS1 Standards as a foundation for emerging technologies like blockchain and understand the tremendous benefit of that consistency to the end user,” Melanie Nuce, senior vice president of corporate development for GS1 US, said in the release.

In the next stage of “proof-of-concept” testing, GS1 and the four companies will use the GS1 Electronic Product Code Information Services to see how it can be used in “real-world product tracing,” according to the release.

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