Walmart, one of the biggest companies in the retail business had yet again filed for another patent that has a description in it mentioning smart appliances management using blockchain.

The working methods explained in the application are presenting managing of a smart appliances such as desktop or server computer, tablet, portable devices like gaming devices, laptops, or media players.

On the practical side of things, the users will be able to use a device that has the ability to maintain the private key that will be used to authorize transactions. A possible use case that has been given as an example was a kiosk that would receive packages delivered by drones:

“…a user may obtain a kiosk and add the newly obtained kiosk to the distributed ledger structure utilizing their smart device to provision and/or authorize the kiosk. In one example, the user device may be a wearable device that maintains the private key used to authorize the transaction. The kiosk may sync with the user device and be automatically provisioned as a home delivery station and added as a device in the distributed ledger management system.”

This type of management system will enable users to make a customized levels of access and control for that kiosk that will include actions like accepting or declining a package or create an order for one.

For this system to achieve the higher level of managing more smart appliances it suggests the use of Internet of Things (IOT) framework. Or as the patent says:

“A resource in the IoT ecosystem may be associated with one or more roles and, thus, is associated with a single role in the context of a single corresponding transaction,”