If I damage a container, what’s my incentive to use PEIR™ to take pictures and save it in blockchain?

You’ve damaged the container while it is under your care and custody in the interchange process which would leave your company responsible for the repair cost.  You have a choice not to report it, and wait to get caught.  If the next party involved in the interchange process is utilizing PEIR™, they will have record of the damage when they took the container into their interchange and will now have incontrovertible Blockchain photographic evidence that they did not do the damage leaving you next in line and responsible to pay for the damage regardless.

Why can’t I just use my mobile phone to take damage pictures? They are time and date stamped?

The approach suggested is flawed and does not provide irrefutable protection:

  • Not all mobile devices allow the date/time to be physically inserted onto the picture they take. That feature is not part of the default camera app provided by Apple or Android devices.  Other 3rd party apps could be utilized to imprint that date/time on the picture, however, that information can be modified utilizing Photoshop to reflect any desired date/time placing that time stamp in question.
  • If one considers the timestamp of a picture file (JPG, TIFF, BMP, etc.) at the operating system level on a device, it is possible to alter that data, especially as the picture file is transferred between devices, so the irrefutability of that timestamp becomes null. The same is equally true about the Metadata attached to the digital picture as it too can be easily changed by anyone.

Why would anyone take the time to change the time and date stamp on a picture?

Simple.  If someone is being accused of causing damage at a repair cost that exceeds their financial point of pain, a few hundred dollars to the full replacement cost of the container, they would have reason.

With PEIR™, each picture is taken in sequence with the date and time noted on each picture.  The entire sequence of pictures must be taken within a set time limit and each picture cannot have a lag of more than 30 second between pictures.  If the time limits are violated, the process must start over.