Controlling resource allocation using blockchain-based delegation

Shantanu Pal, Ambrose Hill, Tahiry Rabehaja, Michael Hitchens

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Allocation of resources and their control over multiple organisations is challenging. This is especially true for a large-scale and dynamic system like the Internet of Things (IoT). One of the core issues in such a system is the provision of secure access control. In particular, transfer of access rights from one entity to another in a secure, flexible and fine-grained manner. In this paper, we present a multi-organisational delegation framework using blockchain. Our framework takes advantage of blockchain smart contracts to define the interactions and resource allocation between the consortium of organisations. We show the feasibility of our solution in a real-world scenario using the allocation of transportation credits in a multi-level organisational setting as a use-case. We provide proof of implementation of the proposed framework using the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platform. Our results indicate that the proposed framework is efficient and can be used for city-wide transport, potentially even scale country-wide with a shared blockchain with complex access control rules. It also bestows better transparency to the delegation of access rights and control over the employees' transportation access for the organisations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2021 - Proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781665423908
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2021 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 7 Dec 202111 Dec 2021


Conference2021 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2021


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