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Blockchain-empowered decentralized storage in air-to-ground industrial networks

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posted on 08.07.2019, 11:13 by Yongxu Zhu, Gan ZhengGan Zheng, Kai-Kit Wong
Blockchain has created a revolution in digital networking by using distributed storage, cryptographic algorithms, and smart contracts. Many areas are benefiting from this technology, including data integrity and security, as well as authentication and authorization. Internet of Things (IoTs) networks often suffers from such security issues, which is slowing down wide-scale adoption. In this paper, we describe the employing of blockchain technology to construct a decentralized platform for storing and trading information in the air-to-ground IoT heterogeneous network. To allow both air and ground sensors to participate in the decentralized network, we design a mutual-benefit consensus process to create uneven equilibrium distributions of resources among the participants. We use a Cournot model to optimize the active density factor set in the heterogeneous air network and then employ a Nash equilibrium to balance the number of ground sensors, which is influenced by the achievable average downlink rate between the air sensors and the ground supporters. Finally, we provide numerical results to demonstrate the beneficial properties of the proposed consensus process for air-to-ground networks and show the maximum active sensor's density utilization of air networks to achieve a high quality of service.

Funding

U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under Grant EP/N007840/1 and Grant EP/N008219/1.

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

Volume

15

Issue

6

Pages

3593 - 3601

Citation

ZHU, Y., ZHENG, G. and WONG, K-K., 2019. Blockchain-empowered decentralized storage in air-to-ground industrial networks. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 15 (6), pp.3593-3601.

Publisher

© IEEE

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Acceptance date

12/02/2019

Publication date

2019-03-07

Notes

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ISSN

1551-3203

Language

en