Parcel delivery using drones is starting to become popular, delivering everything from coffee to medicines, and IBM is taking steps to prevent drones from stealing packages from you. The system uses an IoT device in conjunction with the IBM blockchain to keep packages in the right hands.
The goal is to reimagine drug logistics with greater and faster access.
While many people are buying goods online, a small percentage of orders are already being delivered by drones. With the popularization of this service, IBM fears that drones will also be used to steal packages during the delivery route.
The registered patent suggests that IBM plans to use an internet-connected altimeter that periodically monitors the package altitude. If a specific altitude limit is exceeded or an unscheduled altitude change is detected, the information is sent to the blockchain and the receiver is notified of it.
The IoT device also collects GPS data, allowing the stolen packet to be tracked. At the moment there is no information as to whether this extra security carries additional cost to the buyer. Nor is there any guarantee that IBM will continue to fully develop this solution until it is offered as a real service.
The patent notes that increased drone deliveries and online shopping allow malicious people and third party drones to take advantage of the situation: "The confluence of increased use of drones and increased online shopping creates a situation where a drone it can be used for false intentions, such as stealing a package that is left at the door of a residence after delivery. "
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