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Combining Blockchain and IoT: Food-Chain Traceability and Beyond

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DAUIN, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Foodchain S.p.A.,Via Cavour, 2, 22074 Lomazzo, Italy
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Energies 2020, 13(15), 3820; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153820
Received: 20 June 2020 / Revised: 18 July 2020 / Accepted: 21 July 2020 / Published: 25 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue IoT and Sensor Networks in Industry and Society)
Recently, the interest around the Blockchain concept has grown faster and, as a consequence, several studies about the possibility of exploiting such technology in different application domains have been conducted. Most of these studies highlighted the benefits that the use of the blockchain could bring in those contexts where integrity and authenticity of the data are important, e.g., for reasons linked to regulations about consumers’ healthcare. In such cases, it would be important to collect data, coming in real-time through sensors, and then store them in the blockchain, so that they can become immutable and tamper-proof. In this paper, the design and development of a software framework that allows Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices to interact directly with an Ethereum-based blockchain are reported. The proposed solution represents an alternative way for integrating a wide category of IoT devices without relying on a centralized intermediary and third-party services. The main application scenario for which the project has been conceived regards food-chain traceability in the Industry 4.0 domain. Indeed, the designed system has been integrated into the depiction of a use case for monitoring the temperature of fish products within a warehouse and during the delivery process. View Full-Text
Keywords: internet of things; blockchain; distributed ledger technologies; smart societies; industry 4.0; supply chain; food traceability internet of things; blockchain; distributed ledger technologies; smart societies; industry 4.0; supply chain; food traceability
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Grecuccio, J.; Giusto, E.; Fiori, F.; Rebaudengo, M. Combining Blockchain and IoT: Food-Chain Traceability and Beyond. Energies 2020, 13, 3820. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153820

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Grecuccio J, Giusto E, Fiori F, Rebaudengo M. Combining Blockchain and IoT: Food-Chain Traceability and Beyond. Energies. 2020; 13(15):3820. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153820

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Grecuccio, Jacopo; Giusto, Edoardo; Fiori, Fabio; Rebaudengo, Maurizio. 2020. "Combining Blockchain and IoT: Food-Chain Traceability and Beyond" Energies 13, no. 15: 3820. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153820

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