U.S. based tech giant IBM has filled a new patent for a blockchain powered system of preventing package theft by drones, Cointelegraph reports on November 30th.
The system uses an altitude sensor used to trigger an alarm if the altitude of the package exceeds a pre-set limit and uses an IoT device to transmit its location data back to a tracking module. The filling also states “The confluence of the increase in drone use and the increase in online shopping provides a situation in which a drone may be used with nefarious intent to anonymously take a package that is left on a doorstep after delivery.”
IBM has managed to establish itself as one of the biggest blockchain technology companies today. While various startups keep fighting for a piece of the cake with other major players, IBM recognized its opportunity in providing ready to use solutions. This patent could easily see application with any number of shipping companies currently looking into the growing problem of package theft - with drone thefts accounting for a significant portion of it - but it could also spike the interest of online retailer such as Amazon of Wallmart, especially considering Wallmart already being a user of IBM blockchain products.