INFORMATION CHANGE THE WORLD

International Journal of Intelligent Systems and Applications(IJISA)

ISSN: 2074-904X (Print), ISSN: 2074-9058 (Online)

Published By: MECS Press

IJISA Vol.10, No.6, Jun. 2018

Blockchain with Internet of Things: Benefits, Challenges, and Future Directions

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Author(s)

Hany F. Atlam, Ahmed Alenezi, Madini O. Alassafi, Gary B. Wills

Index Terms

Blockchain;Blockchain with IoT;Internet of Things;Centralized;Decentralized

Abstract

The Internet of Things (IoT) has extended the internet connectivity to reach not just computers and humans, but most of our environment things. The IoT has the potential to connect billions of objects simultaneously which has the impact of improving information sharing needs that result in improving our life. Although the IoT benefits are unlimited, there are many challenges facing adopting the IoT in the real world due to its centralized server/client model. For instance, scalability and security issues that arise due to the excessive numbers of IoT objects in the network. The server/client model requires all devices to be connected and authenticated through the server, which creates a single point of failure. Therefore, moving the IoT system into the decentralized path may be the right decision. One of the popular decentralization systems is blockchain. The Blockchain is a powerful technology that decentralizes computation and management processes which can solve many of IoT issues, especially security. This paper provides an overview of the integration of the blockchain with the IoT with highlighting the integration benefits and challenges. The future research directions of blockchain with IoT are also discussed. We conclude that the combination of blockchain and IoT can provide a powerful approach which can significantly pave the way for new business models and distributed applications.

Cite This Paper

Hany F. Atlam, Ahmed Alenezi, Madini O. Alassafi, Gary B. Wills, "Blockchain with Internet of Things: Benefits, Challenges, and Future Directions", International Journal of Intelligent Systems and Applications(IJISA), Vol.10, No.6, pp.40-48, 2018. DOI: 10.5815/ijisa.2018.06.05

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