The Blockchain of Things, Beyond Bitcoin: A Systematic Review

Fthi Abadi, Joshua Ellul, George Azzopardi

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a name coined to the digital ecosystem of numerous internet connected devices. It brings the physical world closer to the digital one and as a result, allows for new applications and services. The emergence of Blockchain, a distributed ledger technology, presents a possible solution to ensure trust in decentralized systems. Blockchain brings trust, immutability, and verifiability of a distributed ledger in a decentralized network which could be useful to build trust into the IoT. However, the integration of IoT with Blockchain involves a number of challenges. The use of Blockchain within the IoT is a recent and a fast paced topic. Therefore, conducting a systematic literature review is essential to understand what has been proposed on the topic. Recent work has provided a systematic review with a focus on Bitcoin. In this paper, we present a systematic review of more recent work on Blockchain and IoT, with a broader focus on Blockchain platforms beyond Bitcoin. Our work provides an overview of what has been done so far on the use of Blockchain and IoT.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings) and IEEE Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom) and IEEE Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom) and IEEE Smart Data (SmartData)
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-7975-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventBIoT 2018: The 1​st​ International Workshop on Blockchain for the Internet of Things - Halifax, Canada
Duration: 30-Jul-20183-Aug-2018


ConferenceBIoT 2018: The 1​st​ International Workshop on Blockchain for the Internet of Things
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  • IoT
  • Blockchain


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