Cisco Wins Patent to Secure Data in 5G Network with a Blockchain

Network tech tycoon Cisco has won a patent specifying how it could use blockchain to secure the information in 5G telecommunication systems. 

The San Jose, California-based firm filed a patent application in June last year for a blockchain platform that can be locally incorporated in wireless systems, as per a November 26 filing from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The blockchain platform plans to oversee information sessions between an equipment user like a phone or laptop and a virtual network. The new innovation can oversee some portion of the information exchanges between a system and a connected gadget by means of the blockchain interface.

The firm depicts how a blockchain platform can be utilized to support network slices, referring to an architecture that permits different independent virtualized systems to run in the equivalent physical infrastructure more productively.

“This service-oriented architecture supports network slices, which employ an isolated set of programmable resources that can implement individual network functions and/or application services through software programs within a respective network slice, without interfering with other functions and services on coexisting network slices,” the filing stated.

Cisco is among the extensive rundown of information technology firms that are investigating the integration of blockchain technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT). Companies like Bosch, BNY Mellon, Chronicled, and Filament, have utilized Hyperledger, ethereum, and Quorum to make or update their services and products.

In September, Cisco collaborated with artificial intelligence services provider SingularityNet to decentralize AI frameworks by keeping one single source from concentrating computers’ ability to learn through blockchain advancements. The firm has also been attempting to build up another blockchain innovation that would make an increasingly secure environment for group chats in a network, as indicated by a filing dated in March last year.