Cisco, a giant from the network technology industry, has recently been awarded with a new patent by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. The new patent details how to use the blockchain technology to secure data in 5G networks. According to the document, which was first submitted in June last year, a blockchain platform can be used to integrate wireless networks.
The idea is that Cisco will manage the data sessions between the user’s device and the virtual network. This way, the patent describes how this platform could be used to support “network slices”, which are the architecture that supports several independent networks as they use the same infrastructure simultaneously. According to the filing,
“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.”
Cisco is far from being the first company to explore this niche. Several companies are starting to use the Internet of Things (IoT) technology together with the blockchain. Companies such as Bosch, Chronicled, BNY Mellon and Filament are all using the Hyperledger blockchain in order to protect their IoT products and achieve more decentralization and efficiency.
In related news, Cisco has recently started a new partnership with SingularityNet, an intelligence services provider. The partnership was made to decentralize AI systems and to improve their efficiency using the blockchain.
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