US Postal Service Old & Stodgy? Think Again. It Has a Blockchain Patent Application!

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A recently published blockchain patent document has revealed that the US Postal service is considering using the blockchain technology as part of a system to establish digital trust. The patent application was published on March 22 under the title, “Methods and Systems For A Digital Trust Architecture”. It seeks to leverage blockchain in order to build a more secure and efficient identification system.

The USPS blockchain patent application

The system outlined in the application includes, “a user account enrollment and verification component,” among other functions. It is expected that these functions will be configured to “receive from a network, user identity information from a user computer; receive additional user identity information over a network from an in-person verification system.”

The application goes further to state that some functions which include, bridging the blockchain and email segments would work in unison. It also mentions plans to attach the records to the email message and further said that the email message will be added to the blockchain.

The application goes ahead to say that, “In some aspects, the user email component is further configured to receive input indicating whether information indicating the transmission of the encrypted email body data is to be stored in a blockchain and store the information in a blockchain in response to the input”.

According to the application filed, the system will provide trust to the users by creating appropriate tools. The system looks forward to proffering solutions to these existent inadequate tools and would tackle their inability to provide the desired level of security citing concerns like transaction tampering and insecure messaging and among others.

The US Postal service has joined the league of other organizations and service providers like Huawei, PayPal, and Bank of America to explore blockchain innovations in what has been dubbed “the blockchain patent race.”

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