A Review on the Application of Blockchain to the Next Generation of Cybersecure Industry 4.0 Smart Factories

Tiago M. Fernandez-Carames, Paula Fraga-Lamas
2019 IEEE Access  
Industry 4.0 is a concept devised for improving the way modern factories operate through the use of some of the latest technologies, like the ones used for creating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), robotics, or Big Data applications. One of such technologies is blockchain, which is able to add trust, security, and decentralization to different industrial fields. This article focuses on analyzing the benefits and challenges that arise when using blockchain and smart contracts to develop
more » ... Industry 4.0 applications. In addition, this paper presents a thorough review of the most relevant blockchain-based applications for Industry 4.0 technologies. Thus, its aim is to provide a detailed guide for the future Industry 4.0 developers that allows for determining how the blockchain can enhance the next generation of cybersecure industrial applications.
doi:10.1109/access.2019.2908780 fatcat:6z67pnnehbdxtgi2yob5v52zmq