Distributed Ledger Technology stores road information and makes it possible to identify users and different devices to approve or deny the delivery.

As military drones respond only to their specified military bases and conduct centralized data, drones on a small scale could use blockchain technology to deliver a package in a safe and fast manner.

NEM Catapult & AXON IoT could be an option for the evolution of the delivery with drones. “Using blockchain technology, we can improve many weak points for the delivery of drones”, said the company. 

The intention is to provide answers and highlight the meaning of the Internet of Things (IoT) through a distributed and tolerant solution.

The details of the order, the pricing, the time of loading, and dispatch are all supposed to be recorded and used in real-time by a system managing the logistics drones.

Drones delivery represents a lot of information that should be stored in real-time, especially the data related to traffic, to control the process. Also, if it is about a system of drones operating at the same time, the data has to be received from all active drones through the system.

A whole network of drones that collaborate with each other can be improved thanks to blockchain technology. This way, the cryptographic material will support confidential, secure and protected communications.

Using blockchain, delivery companies could consider drone models whilst the platform stores information about location, operation, resources, and the package’s route using smartphone applications and makes it possible to authenticate users.

Different Possibilities

According to pages related to the world of drones, there is a growing list of blockchain use cases for drone applications. Some of them can be used for identifying a drone or compensating property owners for low-altitude drone flight over their property.

Chronicled website is an example of the companies dedicated to investigating how to combine blockchain and drones. It is developing and supporting the evolution of an ecosystem to improve the security of IoT products like drones.

That solution includes cryptographic microchips which give delivery drones a unique identity, which IoT applications use to give or deny the drone access to secure locations.

The encrypted chip of a drone communicates with a chip reader which verifies the identity of the drone in the blockchain platform. Once the permission is confirmed, the window or door opens to complete the delivery.

SKYFchain is a blockchain-based business-to-robots (B2R) operating platform that links hardware manufacturers, service providers, and clients. In this sense, the main intention is to integrate market participants into a common platform. There, clients can rent a drone.

Monitoring and reporting potential complaints about inappropriate drone usage, damage to public safety or personal property can be possible using blockchain drone identifiers.

Decentralized Autonomous Vehicle (DAV) is another example. Blockchain is effectively being in decentralized vehicular systems like Uber (a taxi service) or logistics services like FedEx. 

Soon, it is expected to build a global payment network within the system of DAV in order to avoid the loss of data. Small scale logistics networks like smart agricultural systems with drones would run thanks to blockchain technology.

By María Rodríguez 


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