IBM Wins Patent for Preventing Anonymous Packages Theft by Drones

Amazon, DHL, and FedEx are developing drones that deliver packages to your door. However, IBM imagines a future where drones take them instead.  

The computing tycoon won a patent on November 12 for “Preventing anonymous theft by drones” that includes an Internet of Things (IoT) altimeter that triggers upon liftoff, monitoring the package’s altitude and transferring the information to a blockchain platform.

The patent looks to get ahead of two present-day realities: individuals purchase merchandise on the web, and individuals fly their very own drones. That could be an issue, it says, if the trends join to wicked ends.

“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,” the patent depiction peruses.

IBM’s solution is to furnish packages with an IoT sensor that only triggers in case it distinguishes a change in elevation “exceeding the threshold … expected when the object is lifted away by a drone.” Once it does, the sensor occasionally updates the blockchain, and the planned recipient, with the package’s altitude.

All things considered, there’s no sign that IBM really plans to manufacture an operational gadget. Furthermore, in case it does, it might well swap out a blockchain for some other “secure database,” as indicated by the patent.

Be that as it may, the description says blockchain is the patent’s “preferred embodiment,” in part since it permits disparate “trusted entities”—the shipper, the merchant, and so on—to include the package’s whereabouts.

It is unclear how pervasive drone heists are in America. Right now, most shipping organizations are centered around developing delivery mechanisms.