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Untangled Episode #13: Fraunhofer Platooning

In the thirteenth episode of Untangled we are exploring a use case of platooning.

Jonas Brügmann, Nicolas Ruhland and Matthias Babel from the Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab of the Bayreuth University has developed a business model for vehicles to organize themselves in a platoon.

Only the leader of the platoon will be controlled by a person, while the rest of the vehicles are driving autonomously. By using the Tangle, the platoon leader can get compensated in real-time for the leading efforts.

Listen to the episode here to learn more.

Fraunhofer Platooning | Untangled

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Simply track the provenance and authenticity of your shirt

ALYX, EVRYTHNG, Avery Dennison and IOTA are coming together to deliver the collaboration needed to drive supply chain transparency forward.

We are in the midst of a sustainability revolution where many companies from designers, producers to transporters are changing their operations to deliver better and more sustainable products. But for the consumer it is still impossible to learn about the provenance of your specific garment and most information is based on a mix of marketing and corporate sustainability reports — as opposed to transparent information. Thus, it is with excitement that the IOTA Foundation is delivering our piece to the puzzle in this multi-stakeholder effort to give consumers full transparency.

By scanning a label with their smartphone, consumers can view the garment’s “journey” and track it back from creation to the rack and point of sale. They can also confirm the authenticity of the product, along with its sustainability credentials. Brands will have full visibility of their product’s journey throughout the supply chain, giving them access to data and statistics, via IOTA’s distributed ledger, across different sales channels and consumer preferences in real time.

Distributed Ledger Technology is a team sport

IOTA delivers one of the key features needed for secure and trustworthy end-to-end provenance solution: data integrity to ensure that information at no time can be compromised.

Other actors are providing equally important features as the supply chain for producing a T-shirt consists of many players.

1017 ALYX 9SM is a cutting edge fashion label dedicated to designing and producing with high quality materials.

Avery Dennison is a global leader in providing end-to-end solutions in the apparel and footwear industry as they provide graphic tickets, tags and labels, embellishments, packaging solutions and woven components etc.

EVRYTHNG is the market leading internet of things SaaS platform for consumer products, managing billions of unique digital identities in the cloud for data science intelligence on an item-by-item basis.

By combing efforts in this project, it is possible to deliver the unique and simple feature to consumers, so they only need to scan the QR code to get visibility into the complexity of global supply chains.

How does it work?

The solution basically consists of a number of elements provided by each of the partners. Initially the garments are digitally activated at source and given a serialized QR code with a digital identity in the EVRYTHNG cloud. Supply chain data is collected by different supply chain members driven by Avery Dennision and stored in the EVRYTHNG cloud.

Data is written to, and validated on, IOTA’s Tangle to ensure immutability. Consumers can scan the QR code on a product at point of sale or post purchase to see trusted provenance and authenticity. Furthermore, an analytics and reporting dashboard provides end-to-end product and engagement data for ALYX.

Above diagram provides a simple overview of the setup.

To read the official press release on this announcement here.

You can view a demo of the customer experience after scanning the QR code of the garment with a smartphone here.

To learn more about how IOTA and EVRYTHNG started to collaborate, ready this blogpost: https://blog.iota.org/iota-evrythng-2a9b4b9d922d


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IOTA at the Texas Smart Cities Summit

We’re happy to announce that we have accepted the opportunity to sponsor the first inaugural Texas Smart Cities Summit, and will be hosting a working group session and more while we’re there. We’d also like to thank Austin CityUP, a smart city consortium of companies, organizations, and individuals collaborating to advance smart city initiatives in Texas for the chance to collaborate with them and for their invitation to the Summit.

This event is going to provide a fundamental jumping point for the state of Texas, and as a result the United States, by bringing together thought leaders, policy makers, designers and developers to develop plans & priorities to accelerate smart city efforts across the state of Texas. The IOTA Foundation looks forward to assisting the organizations in understanding the role of distributed and open data in making informed decisions, and how the landscape of a smart city is a vital point for enabling that informed decision making at scale.

We took the opportunity to live stream our recent event in Austin and have had outstanding local feedback as a result. One of the results of this feedback has been the overflow of requests for us to represent the progress that the IOTA protocol can enable through our integration in Smart City solutions like we’re building in Austin with the Austin Transportation Department.

Jay Boisseau, Executive Director & Founder of Austin CityUP explained this correlation well when he said, “Smart city approaches allow us to use data, technology & analytics to improve the quality of life in cities for all as well as the efficiency and operations of those cities. Several Texas cities have started with smart city efforts. We are excited to host the Texas Smart Cities Summit to bring together key players from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and beyond to share lessons, inspire people, and accelerate all of their initiatives.”

If you’re in the area, please come by and say hello! For more information on the Texas Smart Cities Summit please see below.

Event Details:
The Texas Smart Cities Summit
Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
8:30 AM — 5:00 PM | Presentations & Forum
5:00 PM — 7:00 PM | Networking & Expo

Location:
Austin Central Library
710 W Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX

Participants will discuss and plan new efforts to accelerate smart cities development in Texas. Expert speakers will cover topics including: mobility, safety, sustainability, health, environmental quality, economic development, and more. The resources and plans resulting from this first Texas Smart Cities Summit will benefit cities and communities across the state.

Recently, we made our announcement on our push to expand the IOTA Foundations presence with a foothold in North America. With this announcement we also mentioned that the Foundation would be hosting three meetups where Co-Founder Dominik Schiener spoke with local enterprise, community and regulatory representatives in NYC, Austin, and Chicago. The response and follow up from this has been outstanding, and we want to say thank you for all that attended the events that could be there.

Texas Smart City Summit Online Details:

Event URL: TexasSmartCities.org
Event Eventbrite: https://texassmartcitiessummit2019.eventbrite.com
Event Hashtag: #TexasSmartCities
Twitter: @TXSmartCities
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/texassmartcities
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2281853468538392

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Integrating the IOTA token for businesses, large token holders and other large-scale uses

In order for IOTA’s vision for the machine economy to really thrive, all sorts of people and organizations will need to be able to easily acquire and manage the IOTA token.

Current methods to acquire IOTA tokens are restricted to what we might call ‘individual’ users. These are individuals, like you and me, who are not confined by organizational processes or government regulation. For the individual user, acquiring IOTA tokens is as easy as logging onto a digital asset exchange, buying IOTA, and sending it to our open source wallet Trinity.

While simple, this workflow may not be appropriate for organizations, liquidity providers, or large token holders. These groups may require tools that protect them from theft, mismanagement or legal exposure while using and storing digital assets. These onramps must be created in partnership with established, regulated service providers in order for all participants in the IOTA ecosystem to thrive.

As a first step, we’ve started to engage with regulated custody services and liquidity partners in order to support organizations and institutional investors using the IOTA Token. As more businesses incorporate the IOTA Token into their products and services, it will be important to provide a regulated mechanism to store and exchange IOTA Tokens. Examples of entities that would use such services include:

  • Businesses integrating the IOTA Token into their products and services.
  • Institutional investors interested in IOT and DLT technologies.
  • Financial Institutions interested in using IOTA.
  • Smart Cities leveraging IOTA and/or the IOTA Token.
  • Businesses who will provide liquidity for products and services leveraging the IOTA Token.
  • Community members that wish to hold their IOTA with a regulated custodian.

If you believe you fit into any of these categories, we ask that you fill out the form below:

Filling out this form will enable us to further our conversations with 3rd party custodians, liquidity providers and regulated services, and help us ensure we partner with the best solutions for our community.

We envision a future where the IOTA token is used for real world applications. Designing a seamless ecosystem for companies and individuals to interact with the IOTA Token is an important next step for realizing this vision.


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Winners of the IOTA Smart City contest on Hackster.io

After 60 days of developing, we are excited to announce the winners of the Smart City contest on Hackster.io. With the contest we posed a number of unique challenges from corporates who are looking toward DLT to help solve the problems their industries are facing. The IOTA and Hackster communities came together and responded with a number of great hardware-based solutions to these issues.

IOTA Hub on Hackster

While we had a number of wonderful entries, we were unable to award all of them in this contest. Instead, we are displaying all of the entries that used IOTA in the contest on an IOTA only hub on the Hackster website. This hub will display projects from across Hackster that are tagged with ‘IOTA’.

Since the contest, the hub has had over 11,000 views and become full with projects that are easy for developers to follow along with. In the coming year we expect the hub to fill up with even more projects as more contests are run on the Hackster platform. See the IOTA Hub.

Winning Entries

Smart Mobility

In the Smart Mobility category we had Severine Glock from Groupe Renault judging the entries. After deliberation we determined that these were the following category winners:

  1. Smart Charging for a Smart Car
  2. Smart Transportation Demo
  3. Open Mobility Marketplace

“I was impressed by the demonstrations using IOTA on use cases like EV charging, multimodal transportation or data sharing inside an ecosystem which are crucial for the mobility in the smart cities of tomorrow. Hoping to see those PoCs turn into reality ! Thanks for your participation and efforts. Congratulations to the winners, enjoy your tokens!”

— Severine Glock, System Architect, Groupe Renault

Smart Energy

In the Smart Energy category we had Ludovic Millier from Birdz by Veolia judging the entries. After deliberation we determined that these were the following category winners:

  1. IOTA Enabled Solid-State Switch and Power Meter
  2. GreenCertificates
  3. PAYota — Pay for What You Use!

I am very impressed by the quality of the work and submissions made by the contestants. It was quite hard to determine the top three. These projects are very relevant to our work, as they will help us to go even further in the use of IOTA technology for our projects. Thanks to everyone who participated and congrats to the winners.

Ludovic Millier, CIO, Birdz by Veolia

Smart Buildings

In the Smart Building category we had Philippe Calvez from Engie Lab judging the entries. After deliberation we determined that these were the following category winners:

  1. IOTA Enabled Solid-State Switch and Power Meter
  2. Weather Station & FPGA Device Talking via the IOTA Network
  3. Indoor Air Quality and Garbage Monitoring System

The Hackster.io Smart City Contest allowed ENGIE Lab CSAI to gain better insight to the dynamic and inventive nature of the Hackster.io community and its use of IOTA. Seeing these projects come to life make it possible to bridge the gap between a PoC and concrete projects, a frontier that is now broken down daily.

— Philippe Calvez, Head of the CSAI Lab, Engie Lab

Smart Districts

In the Smart District category we had Pankaj Narula from Sopra Steria judging the entries. After deliberation we determined that these were the following category winners:

  1. Air Quality Sensor + Masked Authenticated Message Broker
  2. Weather Station & FPGA Device Talking via the IOTA Network
  3. Mobile Air Quality Module // Democratizing Public Data

It was great to see some quality submissions with potential ideas covering integrated approaches that outlined how to connect IoT devices to IOTA to enable smart districts. We have a strong conviction that IoT and DLT will be strongly intertwined in the future and many of the submissions have great future potential. At this time, I would like to take this opportunity thank all the participants and congratulate the winners. Well done!

Pankaj Narula, Leader Blockchain Stream, Sopra Steria

Hackster Impact Prize

The final category of the prizes is one which Hackster.io chooses themselves. The “Hackster Impact Prize” is awarded during contests to the submission that is most relevant to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information about the prize go to the Impact Prize page.

The winner of the Impact prize for the Smart cities contest is: PAYota — Pay for What You Use!

Future contests

That’s all the prizes for this contest! However, even though this contest has concluded that’s not the end of our contests on Hackster.io.

Over the course of the year, we will hold three more contests on various themes. We hope to grow our presence on Hackster.io and make our IOTA Hub the go-to resource for IOTA community tutorials.

We hope to see you there!


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