IBM has filed for blockchain patent to tackle security and privacy about drones. This was revealed by the filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on September 20.
IBM Blockchain Patent Filing To Tackle Security and Privacy
IBM’s further interest in dominating the blockchain sphere has been revealed in its patent filing to tackle privacy and security with drones.
The patent was initially filed in March 2017 as revealed. This detailed how the blockchain could be used to securely store data associated with unmanned area vehicles UAV, mostly known as drones. The patent emphasized the use of blockchain system for an effective technique for managing data related to UAV, especially when a security level is considered to be relatively very high.
The security and privacy of drones will be managed using blockchain with information of the drone’s location, its manufacturer, model, flying behavior, model’s capabilities, such as camera resolution, contextual information, such as weather condition, and the proximity of the vehicle to the restricted and forbidden flight zones.
Further, the patent also includes the addition of transaction data frequently as a block to the chain if and when a risk level is considered to be high. In regards to managing privacy, if a drone is equipped with a high-resolution sensor, it could record on the blockchain, with more data added when the sensor is detected to be activated as proposed in the patent filed.
The filed patent also reveals that through a shared and immutable ledger, multiple parties can participate as peers in managing risk. The multiple parties include other drones, airspace controllers, regulatory bodies, among others.
Through the validator node within the network; special permission could be granted using the transparently stored data to verify the authorization of a drone to fly in a particular zone.
Also, the patent reveals the usage of the smart contract being an interface to the blockchain system with extra information generated by the machine learning models or other algorithms that gathers historical data both on and offchain. The offchain could include raw video obtained during the streaming of the drone’s flight.
About IBM and Relationship With Blockchain
IBM, International Business Machines Corporation is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, operating in over 170 countries. IBM is the world’s ninth-largest information technology company by revenue.
Notably, IBM venture into the blockchain tech has seen it partnered with other firms and countries for the implementation of the technology. Recently it signed a five-year $740 million deal with the Australian government to use blockchain to improve data security and automation. Also, IBM ranks alongside Alibaba group with most numbers of blockchain patent already filed.