Case Study: transparenC
Shrimp is a key global aquaculture product; it is the most traded global seafood product by value. As of 2013, production from shrimp farms accounts for 56% of global shrimp production, according to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization.
In Thailand, which is a top five contributor to global farmed shrimp production, the Seafood Task Force (STF) sought to ensure that the country’s seafood supply chain effectively addresses risks in the farmed shrimp supply chain, including the issues of forced labor, human trafficking, and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing through traceability, transparency, and verification.
In May 2017, the World Wildlife Fund in cooperation with the STF engaged Republic Systems to develop a method of tracking and tracing Thai farmed shrimp and the shrimp feed through all stages of production, processing and distribution, including the ability to verify history, location or application of any item by means of documented, recorded identification. This system would replace the existing paper-based trace system, which was inefficient due to its associated time lag, the ability to alter the forms, and lack of contextual data.
The Republic Systems Solution
Republic Systems’ transparenC is an open-sourced software application designed to pursue the automation and digitization of the STF track and trace program. It is as easy to use as your favorite social media app.
The application provides connectivity in lengthy disaggregated supply chains, where traditional traceability systems are too costly to implement upstream of the processors.
transparenC allows disaggregated participants in the supply chain to capture images of physical trace documents, add metadata, and submit to a central database from their smart devices.
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Using transparenC, farmers can snap a photo of an inventory document with their phones, add data such as product type, lot numbers and mass balance, then link their documents to the raw material documents that they accepted in the system when they received their raw materials. This linkage is done at every stage in the supply chain resulting in a complete traceability packet that can be viewed through desktop web portal.
The trace packets can be instantly viewed after submission and acted upon, accelerating and breathing new life into the previous paper-only process. Its implementation in Vietnam's farmed shrimp and shrimp feed supply chains would allow for a transparent, digital chain of custody for STF member organizations
transparenC will be available for use by any organization or platform, and has endless potential applications for any organization seeking a more traceable supply chain.
Republic Systems identified a need for government entities to become more involved in citizen engagement as an approach to actively involving people in their state and national government.
With the rise in the use of smartphones within the vulnerable populations throughout the country, Republic saw an opportunities for government entities to connect with those populations through the use of text messaging to provide consistent, targeted communication with citizens and beneficiaries.
The Republic Systems Solution
mCiti is a Software as a Service (SaaS) citizen engagement app for citizens and beneficiaries that receive state and federal Assistance Benefits. mCiti is a mobile ready website along with mobile and tablet apps for case and health worker. With the rise in the use of smartphones within the vulnerable populations throughout the country, Republic saw a disconnect between organizations and that population. A disconnect that could be easily corrected with the use of text messaging to provide consistent, targeted communication with citizens and beneficiaries.
- Engage your clients and beneficiaries where they spend the majority of their time: their cell phone.
- Citizen engagement, communication and follow-up via built-in text messaging.
- Group and individual interactive text messaging capability.