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Most Relevant Applications and Uses of Blockchain and IoT

Publish Date: March 24, 2020

IoT is an advanced technology that connects all the devices over the Internet while blockchain is a type of distributed ledger technology. Collectively they form a secure analytical environment. Major benefits of utilizing blockchain for IoT are the least risks of collusion and tampering, reduced settlement and cost for transactions.

Internet-of-Things (IoT) is booming. The world is changing by the revolutionizing innovations of technology. IoT is an advanced technology that connects all the devices over the Internet while blockchain is a type of distributed ledger technology. Collectively they form a secure analytical environment. 

We are preoccupied with sensors everywhere with the smart devices we use, transferring data to the cloud. Combining both the technologies will result in more efficient systems. Major benefits of utilizing blockchain for IoT are the least risks of collusion and tampering, reduced settlement and cost for transactions. Blockchain in IoT is impacting multiple industries. The rising adaptation of the blockchain in IoT in various industrial sectors has opened up a newer avenue for the blockchain in IoT market. Here is a brief overview of the industries that are adapting this disruption:

1. Supply Chain and Logistics

Delivery delay has become one of the biggest challenges in the supply chain and logistics industry, as the supply chain network involves a large number of stakeholders.

The current supply chain and logistics industry is facing challenges due to lesser level of transparency. The combination of Blockchain and IoT can provide great results by enhancing the traceability and reliability of the network. 

IoT sensors such as GPS, temperature sensors, motion sensors, connected devices, or vehicle information provide real-time information about the status of consignments. This information provided by the sensor is preserved in the blockchain.

Once the data is recorded on the Blockchain network, all the supply chain stakeholders, who are registered in the Smart Contracts can access the information stored. 

2.    Automotive Industry

IoT empowered vehicles with the decentralized network are more convenient for the multiple users as it allows them to exchange information in an easier and quicker way.

The combined technology can change drastically the ways smart parking, autonomous cars, automated fuel payment, and automated traffic control work.  

3.    Smart Homes Industry

The exchanging information created by IoT devices can’t guarantee the security standards and data ownership in the traditional centralized approach.

With the help of the combined solution of Blockchain and IoT, the owners of smart homes can manage the security system of his home from the smartphone. 

The safety and security of smart homes can be elevated by eradicating the limitations of centralized infrastructure. 

4.    Pharmacy Industry

The pharmaceutical sector has been witnessing the increasing incidents related to counterfeit medicines. 

Use of Blockchain IoT has enabled the pharmacy industry to counter this issue. 

The stakeholders involved in the drug manufacturing process are allowed by blockchain to responsibly update the network with relevant information and real-time data.

This is the transparent nature of Blockchain that allows all the stakeholders to access and monitor all the stages of the manufacturing and supply of the drug from their connected devices.

5.    Agriculture

Blockchain with IoT can redesign the food production industry. It can help the industry elevate throughout the journey starting from the farm to home.

The food supply chain can be enhanced to a greater extent by installing IoT sensors in the farms and transferring its data to the blockchain straightway.

Conclusion

Blockchain technology has become the all-in-one challenges of IoT, including its privacy, scalability, and dependability. It is considered to be an outstanding means to observe and track millions of connected devices, thus enabling the sharing and processing of transactions between connected devices.

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Princy A. J

Princy holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the prestigious Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. University at Chennai, India. After a successful academic record, she pursued her passion for writing. A thorough professional and enthusiastic writer, she enjoys writing on various categories and advancements in the global industries. She plays an instrumental role in writing about current updates, news, blogs, and trends.