So how can enterprises leverage NFTs?
Some of the earliest examples of NFTs represented physical products on a blockchain as they moved through the supply chain from manufacturer to buyer. Bottles of wine, vaccines and pharmaceuticals have all been tokenized and tracked on blockchains to identify and reduce fraud, for example.
Attributes represented by NFTs can also be quite complex, incorporating not only unique serial numbers, but also more dynamic information like location, temperature and size. For purposes of inventory management, tokens can also be combined with other tokens to represent an assembled product with multiple component parts.
Software licensing is another area NFTs are likely to have an impact. Historically, software licenses were represented by keys — usually unique strings of letters and numbers. Possessing the key allowed you to access the software program and served as verification that you were a legitimate user. In the future, NFTs will be held in wallets (either in the browser or on a mobile device) and serve as the key granting the user access to a product or service. In this instance, the tokens would be nontransferable and subject to a licensing period.