SEAT joins the Alastria infrastructure, the first semi-public multisectorial consortium which aims to provide a venue for digital cooperation in an independent, neutral network where blockchain technology-based products and services are developed. With this new move, which makes SEAT the first car manufacturer in joining the pioneering network of over 70 major businesses and institutions, the company aims to test and further progress the development of blockchain technology and encourage synergies with other participating companies.
Alastria is a semi-public multisectorial blockchain infrastructure promoted by Spanish businesses and institutions.
Blockchain technology has been around since 2009 and represents an evolution with respect to the networked communications we know today. Easy accessibility to information, which is increasingly instantaneous, sometimes leads to unreliable data, diminished security and insufficient verification of those involved in the communication processes with external suppliers. In this sense, the aim of this technology is to transform industries by generating an exchange of goods and services without the need to include third parties, and therefore enhance procedural security.
SEAT President Luca de Meo pointed out that “being a part of the Alastria network opens up new possibilities for developing services and products with complete confidence and security”, adding that “we are the first carmaker to join this ecosystem which comprises the country’s major companies. We are convinced of the importance that blockchain technology will have in the future, and for this reason we want to be involved from the outset.”
The aim of SEAT’s move to join the Alastria network is to enable several company divisions to have a first contact with blockchain technology and learn about the possible benefits that this knowledge can bring to different areas. More specifically, production will be the first department to reinforce the development of this technology, with the main goal of studying the potential advances of Industry 4.0. Another area where SEAT wants to put blockchain solutions to work is finance, beginning with testing new initiatives to improve standard procedures.
SEAT joining the Alastria network is another example of bringing this technology closer to the company. In this sense, it has already taken its first steps in applying blockchain in its processes. For example, in collaboration with Telefónica, the company is working on a blockchain-based proof of concept to improve the traceability of parts in the Martorell factory’s supply chain.
As the company that invests the most in R&D in Spain, SEAT is adapting its processes to the digital transformation that the automotive industry is undergoing. The company is developing and implementing digital solutions aimed at car production that will enable it to be more efficient, flexible, agile and digital.