Cisco – Patent Application for Blockchain, IoT Integration

Cisco has recently filed a U.S. patent application for an invention that it describes as a, “Block Chain Based IoT [Internet of Things] Device Identity Verification and Anomaly Detection.”

The concept has to do with enabling a blockchain-based system that could record changes to the conditions affecting and captured by sensors (i.e., smart objects) in a network and instrumentalize network relationships and the data that the network generates in order to exercise control over those nodes.

The application lists “the smart grid, smart cities, and building and industrial automation” among the types of Low-Power and Lossy Networks (LLNs) that might operate more efficiently with the integration of the invention. The smart objects/sensors that could, at least partially, comprise these networks include “lights, appliances, vehicles, HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning), windows and window shades and blinds, doors, [and] locks,” as well as actuators – automated devices that can, for instance, start an engine.

The True Internet Of Things

A 2015 article in the Deloitte Review by Tom Davenport and John Lucker provided some much needed context around the quickly expanding conversations on the Internet of Things (IoT).  Having written about the IoT often over the past 15 years, I have witnessed the term be applied too often to the mechanics of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications with less thought given to the broader impact of all those devices connecting and sharing information and data.

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Change Dynamics and the Internet of Things

We have been discussing and highlighting the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) over the past decade and positing the many ways the technology might impact both tech-centric and smokestack industries.  While IoT is increasingly being embraced by technology vendors, both big and small, as the next evolution of their business model, the biggest opportunities lie in the transformation that IoT can drive in more conventional industries.

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