Welcome to the B4CM Project

Delivering a blockchain-based solution for the attribution of data costs across organisational boundaries in rail

About Us

The B4CM project is being delivered on behalf of Shift2Rail as a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Iconic Blockchain.

About the Univeristy of Birmingham

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham is Europe’s largest specialist rail education and research facility, with fundamental scientific research, knowledge transfer and education for the international railway community.

With over 160 full-time staff and PhD students, the centre delivers cutting edge research on a wide range of topics, including:

Data Integration and Cyber Security

Condition Monitoring and Sensing

Railway Control and Operations Simulation

International Benchmarking of Railway Systems

Railway Aerodynamics

The University of Birmingham is also the lead academic institution in the UK Railway Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), a £92 million partnership between academia and industry to deliver a step change in innovation within the rail supply chain.

About Iconic Blockchain

Market demand for agility, analytics, new technologies, and a more aware and diverse workforce are challenging traditional business processes and strategies.

With its promise of providing end-to-end traceability, immutable records and enablement of shared business processes, Blockchain is now moving into mainstream thinking of industries outside of the financial sector. At the same time, there can be on-going confusion between crypto currencies, which utilise Blockchain technology, and the technology itself.

For the past 3 years, Iconic Blockchain has been working with transport and logistics industry and blockchain experts on transforming a landscape of complex and siloed chains of transport data and systems into a seamless interconnected and digital environment.

This includes collaboration with the TravelSpirit Foundation, Fraunhofer Institute and ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory, on a new distributed network to support a global Mobility-as-a-Service market and also integrated mobility solutions for lower income country cities.

To help senior leaders adapt their mindset to be open to new business models and options for managing data, Iconic Blockchain has also created a high impact experiential intervention, that provides an accessible way of understanding Blockchain and its transformative possibilities.

Iconic Blockchain founder, Simon Herko, is an international expert in MaaS, a published author in The Journal of the British Blockchain Association and has a 1st class Mathematics degree from the University of Cambridge.