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Blockchain Technology And IoT: What It Is And How It's Driving Development Of New Smart Systems

Solution providers need to be up to speed on emerging technologies as they relate to the Internet of Things. Here's a guide to blockchain technology and why it matters to solution providers.

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What Does IoT Have To Do With Blockchain?

What does the Internet of Things and blockchain have to do with each other? As blockchains begin to gain traction, they will have a big impact on the Internet of Things and, in particular, the development of smart systems.

Blockchain technology could create a new way to track the unique history of individual devices through recording a ledger of the data exchanges between devices and users or web services. Blockchains also can enable smart devices to become independent agents and autonomously conduct a variety of transactions. For instance, a connected vending machine would be able to track its customer purchase history and use that to automatically pay for the delivery of new items.

Some vendors, such as IBM, have placed emphasis on IoT opportunities for blockchain through looping the technology into their Internet of Things platforms. For instance, IBM enables customers to share IoT data in a secure private blockchain as part of its Watson IoT platform.

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