Blockchain Based Temperature Monitoring for Cold Chains in Medical Drug Distribution (BC4CC)

The main goal of this project is to develop novel methods for supporting the coldchain distribution process (supply chain) of medical drugs using blockchain technology. The commercial goal is to reduce the cost of delivery, while assuring a regulation-compliant temperature tracking using IoT-sensors.

General Information

Reference: Research and Industrial Project
Source of funding: Komission für Technologie und Innovation KTI (Commission for Technology and Innovation)
Project Duration: 01.09.2017 - 01.09.2019
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Project Overview

The tasks that contribute to the fulfillment of the goals of this project are described below:

  • Perform an in-depth analysis of existing blockchain technologies and develop a technically detailed portfolio. Respective requirements of those blockchains will be defined for major possible applications in the pharmaceutical supply chain as applicable to the BC4CC use cases to derive a generic scenario description.
  • Create an open API that can be used by newly onboard customers without specific blockchain knowledge or understanding. The API requirements from potential partners will be collected and based on these, a selection of the most promising requirements will be chosen. These requirements need to align with the infrastructure.
  • Provide a framework that is blockchain agnostic, i.e., implement a framework which is not dependent on a single blockchain (such as Ethereum), but allow a selection between different blockchains. Blockchain agnosticism will also permit and their customers various commercial options to “cherry-pick” their optimal blockchain, and provide the potential technical capabilities for migration.
  • Implement a BC4CC prototype putting into operation within a pilot, and evaluate, during and after its operation, aspects such as suitability of functionality, performance of transactions and interactions, and operational costs.


Inquiries may be directed to the local Swiss project management:

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller
University of Zürich, IFI
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH-8050 Zürich


Phone: +41 44 635 67 10
Fax: +41 44 635 68 09