What's New - 2019


5 Predictions for How Technology will Impact Society in 2020
IEEE Transmitter - December 2019

In this article, IEEE Members share their views on five unique technological advancements and trends that will impact our society this year, including the commercialization of blockchain, 5G deployment, asteroid mining, and more.

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Blockchain Based Connected Vehicles for Smart Green City Environment
IEEE Tech Policy & Ethics - December 2019

Vehicles are a major contributor to air pollution, which has led to a plethora of negative impacts on human health and the environment. This article proposes an IoT-enabled solution powered by blockchain to foster environment friendly practices in registered vehicle owners.

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What’s Happening in Blockchain?
IEEE Innovation at Work - December 2019

Blockchain's secure distributed ledger technology is already impacting a number of industries, growing far beyond digital currencies. Learn about recent developments that have been made in the fields of supply chain, healthcare, the Internet of Things (IoT), and energy.

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Public Integrity Auditing for Cloud Storage Based on Consortium Blockchain
IEEE ComSoc Technical Committees Newsletter - November 2019

In this article, a consortium blockchain scheme is explored as a solution for public integrity verification for cloud storage. The model intends to reach three goals: correctness, efficiency, and accountable traceability. Performance evaluations show that the proposed scheme can alleviate burden on data owners.

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The Blockchain Job Boom Continues
IEEE Spectrum - November 2019

For job seekers with cryptocurrency expertise, the best time to change jobs might be when Bitcoin takes a dive

New career opportunities for professionals with blockchain expertise continue to be on the rise as employers need blockchain engineers whether Bitcoin prices are high or low.

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The Potential of Blockchain and Telemedicine
IEEE Innovation at Work - November 2019

The integration of blockchain technologies in healthcare could lead to an industry-wide transformation with improved security and data sharing capabilities. One area in particular that could greatly benefit from the adoption of blockchain is telemedicine, which involves the remote delivery of healthcare services over telecommunications.

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New Alternative to Bitcoin Uses Negligible Energy
IEEE Spectrum - October 2019

Novel algorithms are secure like blockchains, but simpler, faster, and more energy-efficient

In a new study by the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne in Switzerland, scientists suggest simpler, faster, and less energy-intensive "consensusless" algorithms that generate just a few grams of carbon dioxide per transaction as an alternative to the Bitcoin protocol.

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Interview with Claudio Lima
IEEE Smart Grid - October 2019

Claudio Lima is a seasoned technology executive and thought leader in advanced blockchain, IoT, and AI technologies with expertise in energy (utilities, oil, and gas), smart cities, telecom/IT, and digital transformation. He has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering at the UKC (England). Dr. Lima is co-Founder of the Blockchain Engineering Council (BEC), and leads the IEEE Blockchain Standards development as Chair and Vice-Chair of IEEE Energy and IoT Standards Working Groups, respectively. He also serves as the Blockchain Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Board Member of the US DOE/PNNL. In this interview, Dr. Lima answers questions from the IEEE Smart Grid webinar, Blockchain Technology for Transactive Energy: A New Framework, originally presented on 10 October 2019.

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Blockchain Smartphones—Going Mobile
IEEE Innovation at Work - September 2019

While blockchain smartphones are not yet widely available, telcos have been investing in combining blockchain technology with smartphones to create decentralized mobile devices, which could lead to the creation of a decentralized web.

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The Potential of Blockchain for IoT
IEEE Innovation at Work - September 2019

Expected to become a three billion dollar industry by 2025, the global blockchain Internet of Things market is expanding rapidly. Some benefits of utilizing blockchain in IoT include: protecting data against tampering, enabling increased autonomous functions through smart contracts, and even combating hackers by shutting down compromised devices in an IoT network.

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IEEE's Future Directions Programs Target Reliability
I-Connect007 - August 2019

In this interview conducted at AWE 2019 in Santa Clara, Kathy Grise, IEEE Future Directions Senior Program Director, discusses the importance of reliability in today's technologies and how IEEE Future Directions is addressing this and other important concepts throughout its many initiatives, such as Blockchain.

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Improving Patient Outcomes and Healthcare Efficiency with Blockchain
IEEE Innovation at Work - August 2019

A number of benefits exist when using blockchain in the healthcare system, such as the ability to securely store and share critical data, which is often contained in silos. Blockchain can also give various healthcare providers immediate access to patient records, streamline IT and operational costs, reduce fraud, and more.

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Get Up to Speed on the Blockchain, Smart Grid, 5G, and More
The Institute - August 2019

More than 700 courses, webinars, and eLearning programs are available for access on the new IEEE Learning Network (ILN). Some of the latest content discoverable through ILN includes an in-depth series of learning modules on blockchain and ethics from IEEE Blockchain, two classes on neuroethics from IEEE Brain, and a wide variety of other courses, many of which offer continuing education credits.

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How Blockchain is Transforming the Supply Chain
IEEE Innovation at Work - July 2019

As the demand for accountability and tracking in the supply chain continues to grow, organizations are turning to blockchain to secure their supply chains and reduce the risk of fraud.

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Promising Blockchain Pilot Programs in Supply Chain
IEEE Innovation at Work - July 2019

Distributed ledger technology has the potential to solve a number of supply chain issues. While adoption at scale may be at least a decade away, several companies have already launched blockchain pilot programs in supply chain and are seeing clear benefits.

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Open-Source Tool Lets Anyone Experiment With Cryptocurrency Blockchains
IEEE Spectrum - July 2019

SimBlock, a new blockchain simulator, lets users play around with the parameters of Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a blockchain simulator to help users experiment with and improve the technology. Dubbed SimBlock, it runs on any computer supporting Java and can simulate the parameters of Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin.

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You’ve Heard of Bitcoin, But What Do You Really Know About Blockchain?
The Institute - June 2019

IEEE local groups help demystify the technology

IEEE Blockchain local groups are forming worldwide to bring together experts from industry and academia. The local groups help to demystify the technology and provide networking and collaboration opportunities for attendees working on blockchain projects.

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3 Promising Use Cases for Blockchain Technology in Healthcare
IEEE Innovation at Work - June 2019

A blockchain-powered health information exchange has the potential to transform the healthcare industry by connecting fragmented systems, improving efficiencies, and supporting better health outcomes for patients. This article examines three promising use cases for blockchain in healthcare.

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Securing Mobile Health Data Transmissions with Blockchain Technology
IEEE Xplore Innovation Spotlight

"Personal health data collected from mobile and wearable technology can provide important information to healthcare providers and medical researchers, but this data must be protected to ensure the privacy of users. The vulnerabilities of current health data systems prompted researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing to forge a user-centric, blockchain-based health data sharing solution for mobile health applications to improve the convenience and security of transmitting health data."

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AI and Blockchain at Edge – Highlights from the IEEE event at Bangalore
Beyond Standards - June 2019

IEEE Standards Association and the IEEE Bangalore Section organized an event in May 2019 that connected three different hot technologies -- artificial intelligence, blockchain, and edge -- and brought technologists together to share the knowledge to accelerate the adoption of these technologies.

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Blockchain: A Key Enabler for 5G
IEEE Standards University - June 2019

"Blockchain received public attention with the widespread speculative, monetary gains generated by the cryptographically secure digital currencies, normally called crypto-currencies or digital money. Bitcoin and Ethereum are two of the most commonly used crypto-currencies with a market cap of more than $132 billion."

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Education: New Technologies Are Impacting and Changing Both Traditional and Modern Industries
IEEE Standards University - June 2019

"New technologies are impacting and changing both traditional and modern industries. No sector is exempt from this revolution, and that includes education. Indeed, the education sector has already started to transform, as seen in the digital shifts that are increasingly necessary to improve the experience of students and youngsters alike and to prepare them for the jobs of the future, which at this moment are yet unimaginable (Schwartzbeck and Wolf, 2012). The educational system has the essential task of developing minds that will be able to mix past disciplines with new fields of discovery. Universities and institutions can take advantage of key developments like cloud storage and big data solutions to improve learning experiences and offer better services to students."

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Towards an Open DLT Blockchain Energy Standards for Decentralized Grid Applications
IEEE Standards University - June 2019

"Blockchain is defined as a distributed ledger technology (DLT) that is becoming the underlying layer of the future of the Internet. It is creating a new wave of decentralized services applications, called “DApps,” that will be introduced to replace most of today’s centralized, cloud-based Internet applications. Permissioned, enterprise, and consortium-based DLT Blockchain has been considered as a new enabling technology layer of information technology (IT) enterprise systems and processes, used in industry vertical markets to improve IT operations, security and process efficiency."

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Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Blockchain Interoperability Standards
IEEE Standards University - June 2019

"Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)/ Blockchain is being introduced as the new Internet layer of value, adding the “trinity of Ts”—trustability, transparency, and traceability—to any asset class transaction (information/data and physical goods) in the Internet that can be authenticated, validated, traced and registered in a distributed, peer-to-peer (P2P) digital ledger system, also addressing data privacy and security. Blockchain is also part of a broader scope of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) that is becoming the underlying layer of the future of the Internet, creating a new wave of Decentralized Applications, called “DApps,” that will be introduced to replace most of today’s centralized, cloud-based Internet applications. With Blockchain, businesses will experience a complete transformation of their current models by removing intermediaries, reducing costs, and improving the trustability of the Internet—and, therefore, enabling a new wave of decentralized services."

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Blockchain Consensus for the Internet of Things
IEEE Standards University - June 2019

"Blockchain-based IoT solutions are well suited for simplifying business processes while reducing overall costs and security threats. As an example, IoT can exploit blockchain technology to build trust among untrusted devices or federated IoT areas, reduce infrastructure costs, and accelerate data exchanges."

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Emerging Technology and Its Applications Require New Standards
IEEE Standards University - June 2019

"Let’s put aside the question whether Blockchain is a real technology or a passing fad – a hype. The ups and downs of your fortunes in Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies in the last couple of years may have clouded your views. Short-term or long-term success, or failure, of cryptocurrencies may depend on the success, or failure, of Blockchain, but it is important to recognize that Blockchain and the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) have far greater uses in wide-ranging applications."

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Honda and GM Research Electric Vehicles and Smart Grid with Blockchain
IEEE Innovation at Work - June 2019

Honda Motor Company and General Motors will utilize framework provided by the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) in a new joint research project to examine whether electric vehicles (EVs) can be used to stabilize the power supply in next-generation smart grids.

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Creating a Blockchain Use Case in 7 Steps
IEEE Innovation at Work - May 2019

At the Beyond Tech: Blockchain Strategy for Complex Environments workshop at TNW2019, the in-house blockchain team at Deloitte shared tips on how to use the emerging ledger technology to streamline business operations, and they presented a seven-step ideation process for developing blockchain use cases.

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5 Women Leading the Blockchain Revolution
IEEE Innovation at Work - May 2019

"From legislative reform and education to compliance and integration, strong female leaders are surfacing in blockchain, taking the reins in mapping out and establishing frameworks that are both easy to adopt and highly sustainable. Five of those leaders were recently featured in Forbes magazine."

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Four Ways Blockchain May Disrupt the Communications Industry
IEEE Innovation at Work - March 2019

"Blockchain technology’s super-secure nature provides a unique solution for bringing speed and security together, a common problem facing the communications industry. The ledger-based technology has the potential to disrupt the way consumers and businesses think about and use communications systems in the following four ways."

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Can Blockchain Solve the Internet’s Privacy Problem?
IEEE Innovation at Work - February 2019

In the wake of recent online privacy scandals, divulging private information online may leave one feeling a bit unsettled. Blockchain technology, with the help of uncensorable communication and personal cloud servers, could help people take back control of their personal data and revolutionize the way we communicate.

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What's in a Blockchain? With New Tools, Anyone Can Find Out
IEEE Spectrum - February 2019

Services available through Google's BigQuery platform make it easy to search and analyze blockchain transactions

Recently, several projects have set out to make it much easier to access and query blockchain data, such as Google's new BigQuery platform, which provides full datasets from eight of the most active blockchain networks in a form that is easily accessible to data scientists. The platform gives remote access to blockchains structured in a relational database, updated daily in the cloud.

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4 Blockchain Energy Companies to Watch in 2019
IEEE Innovation at Work - January 2019

"New energy blockchain concepts seemed to crop up nearly weekly in 2018. A recent Greentech Media survey of energy and blockchain insiders revealed four companies to watch in the energy blockchain industry in 2019."

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Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99 Percent
IEEE Spectrum - January 2019

The cryptocurrency is going on an energy diet to compete with more efficient blockchains

While mining the cryptocurrency Ethereum consumes a quarter to half of what Bitcoin mining does, the typical Ethereum transaction still uses more power than the average U.S. household consumes in a day. An overhaul of Ethereum’s code in 2019 could lead to more efficient transactions that use just one percent of the energy consumed today.

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