Famous United State-based retail giant, Walmart, has let out its project of developing an army of autonomous robots which will be controlled and authenticated through a blockchain system.
It was previously recorded that the retail giant has filed a patent for its ingenious invention; this was according to a document released to public space on that Thursday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) showing that Walmart has applied to patent a system that administers the “in-field authenticating of autonomous robots.” The patent application which was submitted in January by the AR-based firm is named The Bentonville.
Despite the fact that the patent title suggests a vision from the Terminator franchise, the retail giant claims it is not building Skynet. Rather, Walmart claimed that its project, which proposes an army of autonomous blockchain-controlled robots to make delivery, is hinged on the determination to compete with Amazon favorably. The Jeff Bezos’ company, which has changed the retail game, believes that it is really worth the stress in order to compete effectively.
The document further stated that the proposed project would include multiple robots handling the delivery of a package using various channels of the supply chain which includes using wireless signals to communicate and authenticate the identity of one another.
Owing to the imminent security risk of this invention as it will be highly priced by cyber thieves, the retail giant has sought for a system which has a low chance of cyber attacks by hackers, and in blockchain technology, they found solace. It is no doubt that the Distributed Leger Technology (DLT) will be the most suitable option. The authors gave a comprehensive explanation stating that:
“In some embodiments of described above, blockchain technology may be utilized to record authentication signals and identification information to facilitate or resulting from in-field authentication between autonomous electronic devices. One or more of the independent electronic devices described herein may comprise a node in a distributed blockchain system storing a copy of the blockchain record. Updates to the blockchain may comprise authentication signals or identification information, and one or more nodes on the system may be configured to incorporate one or more updates into blocks to add to the distributed database.”
History of Walmart and Blockchain
Apparently, Walmart has been an admirer and an advocate of the blockchain system. Before now, it was reported that Walmart had sought a patent for a system using the blockchain network. A system targeted at making deliveries more efficient.
In 2017, the conglomerate was also reported to have filed a patent for a system which uses the Distribution Ledger Technology to monitor delivery of packages and ensure that the orders are delivered only when the capacity available is sufficient.
Almost concurrently, it was also published that the retail giant also filed a patent for an application that tracks the delivery of drones as they deliver a package from physical stores to customers using the blockchain technology.