American retail big Walmart has submitted a patent utility for a drone communication system that’s based mostly on blockchain know-how.
Walmart filed its patent with the USA Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) on Aug. 1. The submitting describes a system on a drone that encrypts and shops that drone’s operational parameters. That info is subsequently handed to a different drone, which decrypts, reads after which configures to these parameters.
In essence, the vehicle-to-vehicle communication system between unmanned drones would relay messages, mesh communications networks and permit machines to concentrate on every others’ location and bearing.
Walmart’s enterprise into blockchain patents
Walmart has been engaged in patenting blockchain options for drones since at the least 2017. As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, Walmart filed a patent utility with the USPTO in Might 2017 for a system of “Unmanned Aerial Supply to Safe Location.”
Earlier this yr, Walmart partnered with IBM and the American Meals and Drug Administration to trace pharmaceutical shipments with blockchain know-how.
The retail big has additionally made a foray into cryptocurrencies, having submitted one other patent for its personal blockchain-based digital forex earlier this month.
IBM has related goals
As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, IBM additionally submitted a patent utility with the USPTO in 2017 for a system that may safe drone communications by storing and sharing info by way of blockchain tech. Within the submitting, they steered that validator nodes may supply particular permissions, corresponding to for figuring out whether or not a drone is allowed to fly in a given flight zone.