IBM, which was last month awarded a patent for the autonomous self-servicing of the networked devices that are part of it’s Autonomous Decentralized Peer-to-Peer Telemetry (ADEPT) environment, revealed a proof-of-concept for the environment back in March of 2016 as part of their collaboration with Samsung. The system uses blockchain technology as the basses for a distributed network of IoT devices, which Samsung says is similar to a decentralized IoT.
IoT controllers are very often centralized with different IoT solution vendors providing proprietary solutions that follow similar centralized architectures.
IBM believes that self-servicing devices can improve the efficiency of decentralized systems, automate solutions and diagnose potential problems. Their autonomous self-serving would use an ADEPT peer to connect to other peers based on peer-to-peer consensus and then determine service needs based on diagnostic insights. It can also offer functionalities like peer-to-peer file sharing, messaging, autonomous coordination of devices and negotiations service contracts between service providers and trading partners, including ADEPT devices.
According to a report published in August, IBM is second only to Alibaba when it comes to filing blockchain related patents. IBM, which has filed 89 patents, just one less than Alibaba, has been diversifying its blockchain investments in multiple fields and has recently filed for another patent, this one involving blockchain and drone security, on precisely how it can be used to securely store data collected by them.