Distributed Acoustic Beamforming with Blockchain Protection

Qingzheng Wang, Shan Guo, Ka Fai Cedric Yiu

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Speech is a natural user interface for the Internet of Things system. However, the presence of noise affects severely the performance of such system. With the deployment of smart devices with microphones, one can form a powerful acoustic sensor network to enhance the speech via beamforming techniques. On the other hand, reliability of data transmission also determines the beamforming performance, since faulty data will drift the beamformer steering location randomly. Currently, there is no protection scheme for acoustic data transmitted over the wireless network in order to keep steady beamforming performance. In this article, we design a compound distributed beamformer, where nodes are grouped and the system is embedded with blockchain technology to protect the data integrity during transmission. It attempts to provide more possible reliable connections between groups. Simulated experiments show that the distributed beamformer with blockchain protection is able to maintain steady beamforming performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9007426
Pages (from-to)7126-7135
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Blockchain data protection
  • distributed acoustic array network
  • signal enhancement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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