PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA (Torrance, CA)

Control methods to control the locking or unlocking of one or more storage units by using a distributed ledger include the following: Operating a smartcontract as well as two or three second smartcontracts by an encoded code within the distributed ledger and executed by a machine controlling each one of the one to one correspondence with another storage unit through each one of the or multiple second smartcontracts; locking or unlocking a specific storage unit using each of the second smartcontracts the controlling being done through the management of the first smartcontract and controlling the management of each second smart contracts, under the control of the first smartcontract.

1. Technical Field

This disclosure concerns a control method and an electronic processing device, and an management system.

2. Description of Related Art

A method for managing, with a blockchain, the the locking and unlocking of storage units like an delivery locker that holds things has been made public (see GMO Internet Inc., GMO Internet Group, Saison Information Systems Co., Ltd., and Parco Co.,Ltd. The second field study using IoT was executed by the two companies (GMO Internet Group and Saison Joho Systems; Parco Co. Ltd.). 21, 2017, retrieved Oct. 25, 2018from https://cloud.z.com/jp/news-ep/iot2/). The smart contracts using the blockchain can be utilized for the management of locking or unlocking of storage units. These storage units are not only storage units that store items but also units that have temperature adjustment functions. A storage unit system including various storage units is also provided.

It has traditionally been a challenge that the storage unit system as a whole must be stopped when the configuration of the storage unit is altered by a change in the configuration, like an increase or a reduction in the number of storage units that are part of the storage unit system or change in the functions of the storage unit. The entire system of storage units being stopped can cause issues for the sustainability of the system.

The present disclosure is related to the control system and other technologies that allow the operation of a storage device without disrupting the system even when the configuration of the storage systemsystem has been changed.

A method of controlling according to the one aspect of present disclosure is a control technique that controls, with an distributed ledger, the locking or unlocking of one or more storage units, in each of them the item can be stored. The control methodincludes: operating a first smart contract and one or more second smart contracts, by a code, stored in the distributed ledger, being executed by a computer, the first smart contract managing the one or more second smart contracts that are in one-to-onecorrespondence with the one or more storage units; controlling, by each of the one or more second smart contracts, locking or unlocking of a corresponding one of the one or more storage units, the controlling being performed under the management by thefirst smart contract; and controlling, by the first smart contract, whether to place each of the one or more second smart contracts under the management.

This broad or specific aspect is possible to realize through a system or method or an integrated circuit an application program for computers or a recording medium that can be read by computers like a CDROM, or any combination thereof.

The control method that is described in the present disclosure permits you to operate a storage system without needing to stop it. This is possible when the configuration of the storage system has been changed.

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