US Transportation Dept. says blockchain can help track and trace commercial drones

posted 7 months ago
Commercial usage of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's society in applications ranging from consumer deliveries to emergency response to transporting medicines and organs for transplant.

The US Department of Transportation says that tracing and tracking of individual drones via the blockchain can make a difference regarding logistics relating to the safe management of swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) as well as air traffic management and reliable operations near "high-risk" areas such as crowded areas or airports are proving problematic. "Blockchain technology... can be used by stakeholders in the commercial drone industry, as it can ensure security and provide for identity management as well as providing a supporting role in aircraft traffic management, UAS conflict management and flight authorization," according to the report.
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