Indra, who will make the Roadis project, says that the blockchain in infrastructure helps to offset values. Photo: Roadis.

A Roadis, a Spanish infrastructure company that manages 680 kilometers of road in Bahia in Brazil, will test the use of blockchain in toll booths. The solution comes from Indra, a consulting and technology company. The objective is to prevent fraud, cyber attacks and reduce conflicts between network participants, such as the state and the concessionaire, due to data that seem to be discordant between network participants.

The test will be on the highway from Monterrey to Saltillo, Mexico. which has 103 kilometers and movement of 11,200 cars a day. Blockchain will be in the back office of the toll system. Thus, it will provide greater security for the veracity of the data, allow the tracking of records, improve the compensation of values ​​between the companies involved in the business, payments to the state authority that owns the road and a better financial audit

In addition, blockchain should reduce fraud problems such as toll payments with fake cards, for example, by integrating different institutions in the network. The technology will also be able to “reduce the problems that may arise in managing lists of users blocked by delays in sending registration records and information on the vehicle that used the toll”, adds Indra, who also has the Minsait arm.

Blockchain in infrastructure improves value clearing

In the case of highways, the technology is suitable for toll collection, especially when there is interoperability between several concessionaires, according to the company. But, the same can apply to the use of blockchain in other areas of infrastructure. For example, in Petroleum and electricity generation through solar panels.

Indra is using Quorum, a blockchain solution for businesses that was JPMorgan and is now Consensys. The network is not public, so each participant has access to the data according to their role in the business. In this pilot in Mexico, participants will be able to view and record operations, while government agencies will be able to carry out audits.

The Spanish consultancy will also use a blockchain in a project to simplify logistics projects in Spain, Simple. Thus, it will implement a system that will integrate all the information on the country’s goods transport and logistics. With this, it will track all documents and loads and integrate all transport participants.

Indra is also part of the Critical-Chains project, from the British University Reading, which studies the use of blockchain and the internet of things (IoT) in the financial sector. The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), finances the project.