Visible to the public Will Blockchain Technology Become a Reality in Sensor Networks?

TitleWill Blockchain Technology Become a Reality in Sensor Networks?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMarchang, Jims, Ibbotson, Gregg, Wheway, Paul
Conference Name2019 Wireless Days (WD)
KeywordsBatteries, battery life, blockchain, blockchain technology, cluster head, cluster heads, composability, computation power, Computational modeling, constant bit rate, control overhead reduction, Human Behavior, LBMH routing shares, load balancing multihop routing shares, memory storage, Metrics, Peer-to-peer computing, private communication blockchain framework, pubcrawl, Resiliency, resource allocation, resource-constrained wireless sensor network, Routing, security, security features, Sensor networks, sensor nodes, sensor security, telecommunication network routing, telecommunication security, Wireless sensor networks
AbstractThe need for sensors to deliver, communicate, collect, alert, and share information in various applications has made wireless sensor networks very popular. However, due to its limited resources in terms of computation power, battery life and memory storage of the sensor nodes, it is challenging to add security features to provide the confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Blockchain technology ensures security and avoids the need of any trusted third party. However, applying Blockchain in a resource-constrained wireless sensor network is a challenging task because Blockchain is power, computation, and memory hungry in nature and demands heavy bandwidth due to control overheads. In this paper, a new routing and a private communication Blockchain framework is designed and tested with Constant Bit rate (CBR). The proposed Load Balancing Multi-Hop (LBMH) routing shares and enhances the battery life of the Cluster Heads and reduce control overhead during Block updates, but due to limited storage and energy of the sensor nodes, Blockchain in sensor networks may never become a reality unless computation, storage and battery life are readily available at low cost.
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