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Blockchain Integrated Internet of Things Applications

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 3631

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Dear Colleagues,

The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming an established technology, with devices being deployed in homes, workplaces, and public areas at an increasingly rapid rate. In the IoT, blockchain can be used to create a decentralized, reliable, and secure environment. In recent years, many researchers have explored the capabilities of blockchain in smart IoT to address various security challenges. Integration of IoT and blockchain solves the security problems, but scalability remains a huge challenge.

This Special Issue of Sensors aims to bring together leading academic research results related to Blockchain Integrated IoT Applications. It also provides a platform to discuss insightful concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in this Special Issue.

Dr. Chunhua Su
Guest Editor

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BSEMS—A Blockchain-Based Smart Energy Measurement System
by Manmeet Singh, Suhaib Ahmed, Sparsh Sharma, Saurabh Singh and Byungun Yoon
Sensors 2023, 23(19), 8086; https://doi.org/10.3390/s23198086 - 26 Sep 2023
Cited by 3 | Viewed by 1392
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The modern world’s increasing reliance on automated systems for everyday tasks has resulted in a corresponding rise in power consumption. The demand is further augmented by increased sales of electric vehicles, smart cities, smart transportation, etc. This growing dependence underscores the critical necessity [...] Read more.
The modern world’s increasing reliance on automated systems for everyday tasks has resulted in a corresponding rise in power consumption. The demand is further augmented by increased sales of electric vehicles, smart cities, smart transportation, etc. This growing dependence underscores the critical necessity for a robust smart energy measurement and management system to ensure a continuous and efficient power supply. However, implementing such a system presents a set of challenges, particularly concerning the transparency, security, and trustworthiness of data storage and retrieval. Blockchain technology offers an innovative solution in the form of a distributed ledger, which guarantees secure and transparent transaction storage and retrieval. This research introduces a blockchain-based system, utilising Hyperledger Fabric and smart contracts, designed for the secure storage and retrieval of consumers’ energy consumption data. Finally, a user-friendly web portal was designed and developed using the node.js framework, offering an accessible and intuitive interface to monitor and manage energy consumption effectively. Full article
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Applying Blockchain Technology and the Internet of Things to Improve the Data Reliability for Livestock Insurance
by Lihua Shen, Zhibin Zhang, Youmei Zhou and Yingying Xu
Sensors 2023, 23(14), 6290; https://doi.org/10.3390/s23146290 - 11 Jul 2023
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Animal husbandry is a vital sector in China’s agriculture sector, contributing to over one-third of its agricultural output, and more than 40% of farmers’ income. However, this industry is vulnerable to risks arising from production and operation, such as disease outbreaks, natural disasters, [...] Read more.
Animal husbandry is a vital sector in China’s agriculture sector, contributing to over one-third of its agricultural output, and more than 40% of farmers’ income. However, this industry is vulnerable to risks arising from production and operation, such as disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and market fluctuations. Livestock insurance can help mitigate these risks, but the lack of reliable data on shed environments has hindered its effectiveness. The objective of this study is to propose a livestock shed environmental regulatory platform that utilizes blockchain and the Internet of Things to ensure data authenticity, real-time monitoring, and transparency in the regulatory process. The platform also automates the insurance process, reducing costs and improving efficiency. The proposed platform employs blockchain to ensure data authenticity and devices to monitor and collect real-time environmental data. It also utilizes smart contracts to automate the insurance process, from negotiating and signing contracts to making insurance claims. The system’s design rationale, architecture, and implementation are detailed. The proposed platform has been implemented and currently manages over 300,000 livestock animals with more than 350,000 insurance contracts signed. The use of blockchain and the Internet of Things has ensured data authenticity, real-time monitoring, and transparency in the regulatory process, while the automation of the insurance process has reduced costs and improved efficiency. The proposed livestock shed environmental regulatory platform has the potential to improve the effectiveness of livestock insurance in China by addressing the critical issue of data reliability. The use of blockchain and the Internet of Things has enabled real-time monitoring, data authenticity, and transparency in the regulatory process, while the automation of the insurance process has improved efficiency and reduced costs. This platform could serve as a model for other countries looking to improve the effectiveness of their livestock insurance programs. Full article
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