Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) are both poised to be world-changing technologies, just at the beginning of their adoption curve.

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

The internet of things (IoT), is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, that are provided with unique identifiers ( UIDs ) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

The total installed base of the Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices is projected to amount to 75.44 billion worldwide by 2025, a fivefold increase in ten years. 

The IoT, enabled by the already ubiquitous Internet technology, is the next major step in delivering the Internet’s promise of making the world a connected place.

Source: statista.com

 

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain is a distributed database existing on multiple computers at the same time. It is constantly growing as new sets of recordings, or ‘blocks’, are added to it. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to the previous block, so they actually form a chain.

Blockchain in IoT

At the current rate that how technology is evolving, it’s not weird to discuss the potential implementation of blockchain when it comes to connectivity and internet of things. IoT – is not complicated; It’s the concept of connecting any real-world devices to the Internet and devices to each other. The communication between these devices with each other and the internet can be facilitated through blockchain technology. The distributed ledger technology allows for a list of interactions between the devices and the internet. This way, we can keep track of not only which devices interact with each other and the internet, but also what is being done through each interaction. Blockchain is designed as a basis for applications that involve transactions and interactions, so you can see why and how this might help when it comes to IoT.

IoT and blockchain can be used to increase security infrastructure and also used for the extraction and analysis of data.

Conclusion

Blockchain technology is the missing link to settle scalability, privacy, and reliability concerns in the Internet of Things. Blockchain technologies could perhaps be the silver bullet needed by the IoT industry. The decentralized approach would eliminate single points of failure, creating a more resilient ecosystem for devices to run on.