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IBM Files a Blockchain Patent for Fighting Package Theft by Drone

IBM Files a Blockchain Patent for Fighting Package Theft by Drone


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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 (USPTO) on Nov. 12, IBM will track drone altitude using an Internet of Things (IoT) altimeter, while continuously uploading that data to a blockchain secure platform.

Drones might be a thief’s perfect tool

It might become ordinary for drones to be used for stealing packages in the future. The idea is that packages will be outfitted with an altitude sensor that is set to trigger an alarm if a significant altitude change is measured outside of the preset criteria. Once the alarm is triggered, the GPS-enabled IoT device will transmit its exact location data to a tracking module. It’s like giving your Amazon packages a way to call SOS when something goes wrong en route to your house.

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 patent goes on:

“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.

Original article posted on the CoinTelegraph.com site, by Joeri Cant.

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US Homeland Security To Use Blockchain To Track Oil Import

U.S. Homeland Security To Use Blockchain To Track Oil Import

By RTTNews Staff Writer | Published: 11/11/2019 10:04 AM ET

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to use blockchain technology to track cross-border oil import.

The department's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded a grant of $182,700 to Canadian enterprise blockchain start-up Mavennet Systems, Inc. to develop a solution for this purpose.

Under the terms, Mavennet is required to modify its existing oil and gas tracking platform to meet the requirements of the U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) to track cross-border oil imports.

The CPB expects the new platform to track the evidence of oil flow through pipelines and refinement between the U.S. and Canada and attribute oil imports with the accurate composition and country of origin.

The platform will enable real-time digital auditability of the natural gas trading markets in Canada to address CBP needs for cross-border oil import tracking, while ensuring broad interoperability among other imported commodities.

The grant is part of the DHS S&T's up to $800,000 grant program launched in December 2018 to seek innovative blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions through a new solicitation, "Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses," under its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

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Article written by an RTT News Staff Writer, and posted on the RTT News.com website.

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