Newly Launched Milwaukee Startup Aeropricity Inc. Created a blockchain-based aerospace and defense platform for small businesses. The company’s “traceability” application allows companies to create digital twins of documents. This can be shared via QR code, eliminating the need for physical copies. Using blockchain technology ensures the authenticity of documents and increases the transparency, speed and efficiency of the supply chain.
Jerome Miastkowski The founder and CEO of Aeroplicity said the requirements to do business as an aerospace and defense supplier are becoming increasingly complex. The mandate has been carried over from the government to Tier 1 suppliers in the aerospace and defense sector. This affects smaller manufacturers and suppliers in his supply chain. “Without a product like ours,[these obligations]are really hard to implement,” he says Miastkowski. “There’s all this quality control. On the security side of the data, there’s all this set of requirements. It’s led to this other side and now it’s starting to flow into the lower levels of the supply chain.” Miastkowski holds a degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University.After company sale Certify Nation, Miastkowski, an aviation and aerospace parts manufacturer, moved to Wisconsin in 2016 when it joined Sussex-based The Angelus Corp. He worked there for the past 6 years as part of the terms of the acquisition, eventually taking over his IT for the company. This is when he began to realize that increasingly stringent mandates were inherited across the industry. These requirements can put smaller suppliers and manufacturers at a disadvantage because they don’t have the time and resources of Tier 1 suppliers. Traceability enables users to conduct business as usual and meet the complex requirements of the aerospace and defense industry. “This system allows someone to literally trade according to internal policies, and outside of the current system we can say that they are fully compliant,” he said. When a document is uploaded to the traceability application, it is written within the blockchain network. This allows the user to verify that the document is genuine. “When you send it to other people in the system, they know it hasn’t been changed,” he says Miastkowski. Aeroplicity is designed to improve the transparency, speed, and efficiency of the supply chain, making it easier for companies to comply with aerospace and defense regulations and standards. Traceability (as a service) applications enable businesses to easily access, share, and request documents in real time, reducing the risk of errors and increasing transaction speed. Blockchain-backed platforms provide a secure, immutable record of documents, providing an additional layer of security and trust for businesses in the aerospace and defense industry. “With a system like Aeroplicity, he can attach a QR code to a shipment. There are hundreds of documents that customers can access, but they don’t have to print them all,” he said. says. Now that Aeroplicity has officially launched, Miastkowski’s top priority for his startup is to generate revenue. He plans to open a funding round in the near future. “My goal with Aeroplicity is to enable small businesses to literally run an aerospace and defense business and be fully compliant just by participating in it,” said Miastkowski. “Big companies design all of this in-house, but don’t give access to others for their own use.”