Sony Set to Use Blockchain for Education Data Management

Japanese tech giant Sony files patent detailing blockchain use for storing, managing and sharing educational data.

Tech conglomerate Sony has filed for a new patent which suggests that the company may be applying blockchain technology to the development of an education platform.

The development comes in the wake of Sony’s announcement in August this year regarding a partnership with IBM for building a suite of services for the education sector, which would use DLT to safely store student records and act as part of a system for sharing this student data between relevant parties.

The current application, titled ‘Electronic Apparatus, Method for Electronic Apparatus and Information Processing System’ and published the previous week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), delves into details which explain how the project with IBM might be developed and then implemented:

“In this example, the [blockchain], which is a trust chain, may be used to store information such as education experiences, certificates and so on of a user. The information contains, for example, studying which courses and possessing which certificates. In addition, based on concepts of a smart contract and a smart property, knowledge may also be exchanged, transacted and transferred via the block chain as a property.”

The application further explains how nodes on the network might be run by anyone looking to access the records, such as students or teachers, and how “educational experiences” could be safely preserved on the chain after verification from relevant parties.

The ultimate aim of the project, according to Sony, is to establish a centralized ledger for the storage of documents such as test scores, degrees, diplomas, and other types of transcripts, so that the risk of fraud might be minimized, and easy access to records may be provided to third parties for assessments, job interviews, and the like.

In addition to exploring the application of DLT to the education sector, the filing also discusses other use cases for the technology, such as a common network connecting vehicles, which would allow cars to exchange real-time information about road conditions, and contribute to the development of a navigation system.