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Blockchain for Industry 4.0 Applications

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) paves the way for a new era of smart manufacturing, automated supply networks, and tailored products and services. All these advancements also bring many new and emerging challenges for which industries are not prepared. Therefore, the need for scalability, interoperability, security, trust, and transparency is on the rise for many Industry 4.0 applications. Blockchain technology can solve many of these challenges. For example, blockchain can provide a trusted platform for data sharing and vendor processing, and self-executed smart contracts can significantly reduce the processing time and eliminate intermediaries. In addition, blockchain’s inherent properties of decentralization, immutability, and traceability can be potentially leveraged to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and resilience in Industry 4.0 applications.

Blockchain will play a crucial role in Industry 4.0. Since blockchain is expected to transform the traditional transactional processes in the industry, it is important to identify and address the challenges in integrating blockchain technology with industry 4.0 applications. The goal of this Research Topic is to present research and commentary on the growing body of knowledge and work on Blockchain for Industry 4.0 Applications. This Research Topic aims to attract contributions from a broader domain of blockchain-enabled solutions for Industry 4.0 applications.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:
• Consensus algorithms for Industry 4.0 applications
• Identity management in Industry 4.0 applications
• Performance evaluation of blockchain-based Industry 4.0 applications
• Integration challenges of Blockchain with Industry 4.0 technologies
• Blockchain-driven Industry 4.0 applications like smart manufacturing, smart supply chain, smart grid, smart city, smart healthcare, smart home, smart transportation, etc.
• Blockchain-enabled cybersecurity and privacy solutions for Industry 4.0 applications

Topic Editor Md Sadek Ferdous has received financial support from Amazon Web Services for a project within Amazon Clouds. The other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.


Keywords: Industry 4.0, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Security, Smart manufacturing


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) paves the way for a new era of smart manufacturing, automated supply networks, and tailored products and services. All these advancements also bring many new and emerging challenges for which industries are not prepared. Therefore, the need for scalability, interoperability, security, trust, and transparency is on the rise for many Industry 4.0 applications. Blockchain technology can solve many of these challenges. For example, blockchain can provide a trusted platform for data sharing and vendor processing, and self-executed smart contracts can significantly reduce the processing time and eliminate intermediaries. In addition, blockchain’s inherent properties of decentralization, immutability, and traceability can be potentially leveraged to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and resilience in Industry 4.0 applications.

Blockchain will play a crucial role in Industry 4.0. Since blockchain is expected to transform the traditional transactional processes in the industry, it is important to identify and address the challenges in integrating blockchain technology with industry 4.0 applications. The goal of this Research Topic is to present research and commentary on the growing body of knowledge and work on Blockchain for Industry 4.0 Applications. This Research Topic aims to attract contributions from a broader domain of blockchain-enabled solutions for Industry 4.0 applications.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:
• Consensus algorithms for Industry 4.0 applications
• Identity management in Industry 4.0 applications
• Performance evaluation of blockchain-based Industry 4.0 applications
• Integration challenges of Blockchain with Industry 4.0 technologies
• Blockchain-driven Industry 4.0 applications like smart manufacturing, smart supply chain, smart grid, smart city, smart healthcare, smart home, smart transportation, etc.
• Blockchain-enabled cybersecurity and privacy solutions for Industry 4.0 applications

Topic Editor Md Sadek Ferdous has received financial support from Amazon Web Services for a project within Amazon Clouds. The other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.


Keywords: Industry 4.0, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Security, Smart manufacturing


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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