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Enhancing IoT Data Dependability through a Blockchain Mirror Model

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Mathema s.r.l., 50142 Florence, Italy
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Center of Cyber Physical Systems, Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research, Abu Dhabi 127788, UAE
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Department of Information Engineering, University of Florence, 50139 Florence, Italy
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Future Internet 2019, 11(5), 117; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11050117
Received: 28 March 2019 / Revised: 14 May 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 21 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10th Anniversary Feature Papers)
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Abstract

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a remarkable data producer and these data may be used to prevent or detect security vulnerabilities and increase productivity by the adoption of statistical and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. However, these desirable benefits are gained if data from IoT networks are dependable—this is where blockchain comes into play. In fact, through blockchain, critical IoT data may be trusted, i.e., considered valid for any subsequent processing. A simple formal model named “the Mirror Model” is proposed to connect IoT data organized in traditional models to assets of trust in a blockchain. The Mirror Model sets some formal conditions to produce trusted data that remain trusted over time. A possible practical implementation of an application programming interface (API) is proposed, which keeps the data and the trust model in synch. Finally, it is noted that the Mirror Model enforces a top-down approach from reality to implementation instead of going the opposite way as it is now the practice when referring to blockchain and the IoT. View Full-Text
Keywords: IoT; blockchain; IoT security; IoT data dependability; Mirror Model; representation and trust models; API gateway IoT; blockchain; IoT security; IoT data dependability; Mirror Model; representation and trust models; API gateway
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Bellini, A.; Bellini, E.; Gherardelli, M.; Pirri, F. Enhancing IoT Data Dependability through a Blockchain Mirror Model. Future Internet 2019, 11, 117.

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