Filament’s Blockchain IoT Tech Selected By University Of Nevada For Autonomous Vehicle Smart City Project

Blockchain, Innovation, News | April 24, 2019 By:

Blockchain startup Filament is partnering with the University of Nevada to develop a new standard based on blockchain IoT technology for attested data integrity between autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure.

Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, Filament builds comprehensive blockchain systems for the enterprise and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Its hardware, software and service solutions allow connected devices and machines to securely interact with and transact value against distributed ledger technology, such as a blockchain.

Filament announced that it’s blockchain IoT technology has been selected by the University of Nevada for its Reno’s Intelligent Mobility initiative, which is being conducted through the University’s Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR) and is designed to improve safety and communication between autonomous connected vehicles and surrounding infrastructure with LIDAR and dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) devices mounted at intersections.

“We are excited to collaborate with the University’s Intelligent Mobility initiative on advancing this cutting-edge vehicle-to-infrastructure communication innovation,” said Allison Clift-Jennings, CEO, Filament. “This is an important project for all cities preparing for autonomous vehicles as it will demonstrate how secure distributed ledger technology combined with connected, driverless cars and their surroundings can become a trusted reality.”

The university will reportedly begin simulated testing of Filament’s Blocklet technology, which provides blockchain native tools and technology for enterprises and industrial corporations. Blocklet enables them to securely process and record transactions directly from IoT devices, secure RFID tags, vehicles, manufacturing equipment and other connected machines, ensuring digital trust from the edge to drive smart contracts, automation, compliance and new revenue streams.

“For the project, the University’s test vehicles will accept only Blocklet-attested data transmissions, protecting them from potential bad actors or man-in-the-middle attacks,” Clift-Jennings said. “And with the data recorded on a blockchain, the shared root of trust is established for transparent exchange and transactions.”

If the pilot proves to be successful, the university will integrate Filament’s Blocklet technology into both an autonomous vehicle and the sensor infrastructure placed along defined routes to deliver a trustworthy record of events, enabling attested data exchange via blockchain transactions.