IBM Files A Blockchain Patent For Fighting Package Theft By Drone
Joeri Cant's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 71%
IBM has filed for a patent of a system that uses blockchain technology to prevent drone-enabled package theft. According to a filing published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Nov. 12, IBM will track drone altitude using an Internet of Things altimeter, while continuously uploading that data to a blockchain secure platform.
IBM's patent describes unattended delivery of packages that can leave items vulnerable to theft and other destructive behaviors after the package is delivered and before it is received. "The confluence of the increase in drone use and the increase in online shopping provides a situation in which a drone may be used with nefarious intent to anonymously take a package that is left on a doorstep after delivery." Blockchain patent to tackle drone privacy and security concerns. IBM filed a related patent in September for a system that would use blockchain technology to tackle privacy and security concerns regarding unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones.
The filing suggested that blockchain can provide effective techniques for managing data related to drones, particularly when a security risk level is considered to be relatively high.
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