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IoT 분야에 블록체인을 결합하여 기존의 IoT가 가지고 있던 다양한 문제점들의 해결책이 되고자 합니다. IoTeX는 토큰 인센티브 체계와 커뮤니티 병합이 IoT 산업에 혁신을 가져올 것으로 예상됩니다.

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IoTeX March 2021 Update №33

Greetings IoTeX community! We are back with our Monthly Project Update for March. IoTeX’s Q1 2021 saw an overflow of new research, partnerships, and ecosystem initiatives. But behind-the-scenes, we have also been cooking up one of our largest blockchain upgrades to date: Mainnet v1.2 is coming soon!Here’s a quick digest in case you’ve missed anything ;)The next evolution of IoTeX blockchain is almost here — get ready for Mainnet v1.2! 🚀In addition to massive performance and security enhancements, a new batch of exciting upgrades across EVM, blockchain database, and node management will be packaged into our highly anticipated Mainnet v1.2 release, which is launching April 2021.IoTeX Q1 Development Update — Mainnet v1.2 is Coming Soon!Welcome Binance to the IoTeX Delegates Program! 🌎Alongside Binance Charity Foundation, Binance now operates two nodes as part of the IoTeX Delegates Program. ️ Stake & Vote for Delegates: member.iotex.ioBurn-Drop Tokenomics v2 is launching soon! 🔥💧 Burn-Drop Tokenomics v2 starts when we hit 3,000 devices — follow the countdown at iott.network Learn about Burn-Drop deflationary tokenomicsThe IoTeX cross-chain ecosystem is growing rapidly — $IOTX holders can now explore new farms/LPs!1️⃣ Two-way token swaps with Ethereum2️⃣ Binance Smart Chain + PancakeSwap 3️⃣ Partnership with Unifi Protocol🔜 Huobi ECO Chain & PolkadotGet ready for ioTube v4 — our new cross-chain bridge for Binance Smart Chain! The IoTeX cross-chain ecosystem is expanding from “IoTeX ↔️ Ethereum” to “Binance Smart Chain ↔️ IoTeX ↔️ Ethereum” — more assets, more possibilities!➡️ Preview ioTube v4 now: bsc-tube.iotex.io/bsc➡️ Full Details: https://iotex.medium.com/iotex-joins-aws-partner-network-and-partners-with-aws-china-high-cloud-for-ucam-eed53b60b4c0IoTeX Joins the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network and Partners with AWS China to Enhance Ucam Operations!IoTeX hosted an exclusive interview with Anoop Nannra, Global Blockchain Segment Leader at AWS. We discussed the impact of the AWS Partner Network, his view on blockchain’s future for IoT and creator economies, and how AWS supports public blockchains like IoTeX:https://medium.com/media/86eea12a9a73de826ace8fb1aeccf6c7/hrefIOTX/USDT is now listed on CoinDCX, India’s largest crypto exchange!The first IoTeX fiat pair is officially live in India. Trading is now live for millions of CoinDCX users!Our exclusive Idea-Thon NFTs have been sent to 💯+ participants!Did you know you can mint NFTs on IoTeX via minttoken.io and collect NFTs via iopay.iotex.io? More assets, more possibilities!Introducing Data Mining with Pebble Tracker — Coming Soon to IoTeX!If data is the new gold, then our smart devices are the goldmines. We are excited to unveil the first cohort of “decentralized data collectives” where anyone can mine/contribute data from Pebble Tracker and become a shareholder in the future value of the digital assets they help create.Get Pebble Tracker ➡️ Mine Real World Data ➡️ Earn Tokens + NFTsOwn, Control, and Monetize Your Own Datahttps://medium.com/media/024ee795b8e06a159e55af983335d11b/hrefhttps://twitter.com/iotex_io/status/1366320143853232129?s=20IOTX on PancakeSwapStake to the $IOTX/ $BUSD liquidity pool (LP) and earn $6M+ worth of $CAKE with incredible APY! It’s just the start, more exciting collaborations on cross-chain DEFI with Binance Smart Chain are coming.➡️ Partnership Announcement: https://iotex.medium.com/iotex-scaleout-partner-for-decentralized-machine-learning-316d68caf11bMassive New Partnership with Scaleout — Machine Learning is coming to IoTeX! 🤖Scaleout — a pioneer in fedML, to launch the first community-owned machine learning models trained using verifiable data from Pebble Tracker.🎙 IoTeX spoke with Scaleout CEO, Daniel Zakrisson, on our plans to unbundle the AI/ML value chain and enable the first community-owned digital assets on IoTeX:https://medium.com/media/ed837583fb6cda3986816c9f17d25fbc/href➡️ Official Announcement: https://www.binance.com/en/amp/support/announcement/e38eb9508fad47a1b667052b6d3ca446Binance Staking is LIVE for IoTeX!Binance has officially launched new high-yield staking support for IoTeX!➡️ Full details: https://medium.com/unifiprotocol/iotex-joins-the-unifi-protocol-multi-chain-community-as-blockchain-7-ed8c8868aceaUnifi is launching #uTrade on IoTeX! ⚡️uTrade will connect DeFi token economies on Ethereum, TRON, Ontology, Harmony, and other top blockchains to IoTeX for new cross-chain opportunities + LPs.IoTeX (IOTX) rallies 300% after DeFi and Amazon Web Services integrationExclusive: Interview with Raullen Chai, Co-founder and CEO of IoTeX | BTCMANAGERIoTeX is partnering with IoT for All, an authority in IoT + tech media with 280K+ readers! 📖Democratizing the Internet of ThingsNew tech allows crypto users to mint NFTs with 'proof of presence'Crypto Daily joins forces with IoTeX in new media partnershipWhat is IoTeX? Introduction ArticleIoTeX Launches Pebble Tracker for Real World Data MiningIoTeX Launches Cross-chain Bridge to Ethereum and Binance Smart ChainReplacing Office Security Cameras: A Guide - My TechDecisionshttps://medium.com/media/ba56409bc1070a480f5d687965137bae/hrefhttps://medium.com/media/59aac3b62d066d51bc120765e3b12358/hrefhttps://medium.com/media/6a7accabad095a1444d1d96de4715567/hrefhttps://medium.com/media/73fd53052f82c6ad8841ac27bfa4c4d5/hrefIoTeX NewsSubscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the weekly project updates & other cool videos from us and our community!Here’s our latest episode: https://youtu.be/MpD5wu3CZqADon’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with our latest updates!If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Partner, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Delegate, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Brand Ambassador, please read this blog & complete the form.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX March 2021 Update №33 was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 04. 01

Building Next-Gen Use Cases...

2020 was an incredible year for the blockchain industry. Core building blocks reached an inflection point in maturity and usability across DeFi (DEXs, loans, synthetic assets), social (NFTs, identity), and stablecoins. These tools have gotten us to where we are today but blockchain is still in its infancy. The billion-dollar question is: what new building blocks will propel blockchain to the next level?IoTeX believes the answer is verifiable facts to connect what happens in the real world with blockchain applications to fuel automation, settle contracts, and much more. Just like verifiable price feeds (e.g., Chainlink) sparked an incredible wave of DeFi innovation, verifiable real world data feeds will exponentially grow what is possible with blockchain technology.Verifiable Asset Tracking Data w/ Pebble by IoTeXIoTeX has spent the last year pioneering this concept with Nordic Semiconductor, a top global IoT chip manufacturer. Together we built Pebble — an end-to-end solution that combines tamper-proof hardware/software to make verifiable asset tracking data (e.g., location, climate, motion, light) available to blockchain DApps. The next core building block that will unlock a new universe of blockchain use cases is now here!As we approach the official launch of Pebble, we are hosting the Pebble Idea-Thon to explore the possibilities of replacing error-prone intermediaries with trusted IoTeX technology. We encourage everyone to check out the video below, which outlines a) what is Pebble + why is it special, b) what use cases Pebble can unlock, and c) how to design your own Pebble use case.https://medium.com/media/4f4fef54788b2274ebe4a88caf937598/hrefWhat is Pebble?Pebble is a first-of-its-kind device that generates data that can be verified, and therefore trusted, by anyone. Pebble does this by combining tamper-proof, open-source hardware and software, which provides end-to-end verifiability of all data capture, validation, and transmission processes. At a high-level, you can think of Pebble as a trusted robot worker — an unbiased third party that serves verifiable data to blockchain applications and builders.Pebble does this by capturing and cryptographically signing real world data using a built-in secure element, similar to the chips in your smartphone to manage FaceID/fingerprints and crypto hardware wallets to manage private keys. This signed data is hashed to the blockchain for provenance, almost like an “on-chain birth certificate”, which allows anyone to verify its authenticity. It’s an entirely new standard for trust — trusted data from trusted devices to feed trusted applications.Pebble Use CasesPebble is a sophisticated piece of hardware, which is jam-packed with GPS, environmental, motion, and light sensors that produce constant streams of valuable data. But when we think about use cases for Pebble, it’s important to understand the flow of how sensors will generate data that form insights that then trigger actions. All of this data — location, temperature, humidity, air pressure/quality, angular velocity, acceleration, light intensity — but what can we actually do with it?The truth is raw data alone is not useful — what we are interested in is the insights we can generate from analyzing the raw data. For example, GPS coordinates can tell us much more than where we are on a map. It can be used to calculate proximity to a person or place of interest over time or whether someone is in/outside of a geo-fence at a specific point in time.Using these verifiable insights, we can trigger verifiable actions via smart contracts. By defining business logic in the form of “if [insight is true], then [trigger this action]”, our Pebble insights can trigger any number of actions, including sending tokens/data, settling a contract, or triggering a new contract. The key is that what triggered the action is 100% verifiable by all participants — this is the start of a new revolution to replace error-prone, centralized intermediaries with verifiably trustworthy devices like Pebble.Example Use CasesFeeling Inspired? Join the Pebble Idea-ThonNow that you know all about Pebble, it’s time to put your ideas into action. The theme of our Idea-Thon is “Closing the Trust Gap” and is all about exploring areas in our personal and professional lives where trust is absent today, and how Pebble can help by establishing a single version of the truth.The sweeping lack of trust in our institutions and rapid emergence of misinformation compels us to reconsider what we trust and why we trust it. In the future, trust will not be simply assumed but rather proven with verifiable facts. This Idea-Thon will allow you to implement the concept of “don’t trust, but verify” in the real world.To enter, share with us your best idea that uses verifiable data from Pebble to solve a trust gap in today’s modern world — more than $2,000 in IOTX + prizes will be given to 25 winners! We can’t wait to hear your ideas.Pebble Idea-Thon -- Official GuideAbout IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditBuilding Next-Gen Use Cases with Pebble by IoTeX was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 02. 09

Why Decentralization Matter...

Our world looks much different than it did a year ago. The shocks of 2020 are still fresh in our minds, but remembering our world as it was a decade ago in 2010 is truly night and day. Uber was still in R&D mode, DoorDash was not even a company, and voice assistants like Alexa were still a futuristic concept. Centralized corporations fueled this decade of disruption through a vicious cycle of consumer naïveté and corporate greed— but times have changed, and decentralization matters now more than ever.A decade of disruption followed by a decade of decentralization. — Balaji SrinivasanThe seeds of the “Centralization Problem” began to bloom with the Google IPO (2005), which coincided with the hatching of Facebook and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Today, Google owns 90% of search and roughly the same proportion of buy and sell-side ad-tech. Facebook controls 60% of social media and AWS hosts 40% of the Internet. The moment FAANG started cordoning off the internet for our ease and entertainment, commentators started to point out that these kumbaya network effects would turn on us.In Chris Dixon’s from 2018 blog post — Why Decentralization Matters — he shows an S-curve that models the extraction relationship between tech platforms and users (the farther to the right, the more platforms extract from users) was flattening; in other words, more and more value was being stripped from users over time. But it’s not just users. Platforms are n-sided marketplaces so the same goes for all businesses, developers, and creators that rely on centralized platforms.This is problematic for an ever-growing number of reasons. Many companies have gone out of business overnight after losing access to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn’s API. Sudden co-opting of data by Big Tech showed us that oligarchs can “flip-the-switch” on sweeping network-wide policies as they see fit. And if you were one of 28 million Fitbit users at the time they were acquired in 2019, your sensitive health data was suddenly the property of Google. These real world examples exist in an unthinkable amount of permutations — over the past decade, we have stomached it all but the ongoing mass migration from WhatsApp-to-Signal shows that we are now at a tipping point. Decentralization is not just a concept anymore, but a personal choice.On January 6th, 2021 the power of centralized platforms was manifested in the de-platforming of Donald Trump on Twitter/Facebook and subsequent shutdown of Parlor by AWS and others. Regardless of what side of the aisle you are on, the fact that these decisions were made by a small group of people that represent a majority of our global wealth but only a micro-fraction of our global population is problematic. Even Jack, the definitive authority behind Twitter, is unclear where to go next from here:body[data-twttr-rendered="true"] {background-color: transparent;}.twitter-tweet {margin: auto !important;} — @jackfunction notifyResize(height) {height = height ? height : document.documentElement.offsetHeight; var resized = false; if (window.donkey && donkey.resize) {donkey.resize(height);resized = true;}if (parent && parent._resizeIframe) {var obj = {iframe: window.frameElement, height: height}; parent._resizeIframe(obj); resized = true;}if (window.location && window.location.hash === "#amp=1" && window.parent && window.parent.postMessage) {window.parent.postMessage({sentinel: "amp", type: "embed-size", height: height}, "*");}if (window.webkit && window.webkit.messageHandlers && window.webkit.messageHandlers.resize) {window.webkit.messageHandlers.resize.postMessage(height); resized = true;}return resized;}twttr.events.bind('rendered', function (event) {notifyResize();}); twttr.events.bind('resize', function (event) {notifyResize();});if (parent && parent._resizeIframe) {var maxWidth = parseInt(window.frameElement.getAttribute("width")); if ( 500 < maxWidth) {window.frameElement.setAttribute("width", "500");}}The difference between a dictatorship and a democracy is clear in theory, but the layering of dictator-run topologies on democratically-run geographies has blurred our perspective of real/digital life and led us to a standstill. Simply letting things all pan out will subsume us into a modern Government-IT Infrastructure Complex, where a few large entities are influenced behind-the-scenes rather than through the rule of law. We have already had this in the payments space for a while where instead of targeted interventions against actual abuses, payment providers withdraw wholesale support for companies in certain categories. How can we break these shackles?“If you control the code, you control where the data is being processed. It, therefore, doesn’t matter if the data is decentralized at first; it will eventually centralize to the place where it’s processed and manipulated.” — Andreas AntonopolisOur future Web 3.0-based society must embed decentralization across the full-stack, starting with the interactions between people to the Internet of Things (IoT). At the end of the day, what we care about is maximizing human well-being as we march down the cosmic highway. Big Tech may not be inherently evil, but the centralization of the Internet is affecting society in ways we are only just beginning to understand. In the same way the centralization of power throughout history pushed us towards democracy and open markets to improve human well-being, so too will the concept of digital power migrate to decentralization. But we are not at the end of the road — we are just at the end of the beginning, and the decentralized journey that awaits us will make our world a better place.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditWhy Decentralization Matters Now More Than Ever was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 02. 09

IoTeX Partners with Global ...

IoTeX is excited to announce our partnership with Global Digital Assets Corporation (GDAC), a professional services company based in Dubai & Australia. GDAC works with governments and large private organizations in fast growing economies (e.g., Middle East, Asia), helping to bring in new emerging technologies, use open innovation to solve large-scale problems, and work with regulators to create new economic opportunities.In January 2020, GDAC was appointed by Smart Dubai and the Dubai Future Council on Blockchain (headed by Sheik Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) as a core partner to lead the Dubai Foresight Initiative to create a future technology roadmap and source prospective partners, such as IoTeX. Dubai has since released its own blockchain strategy aimed at making Dubai one of the first cities fully powered by blockchain. The strategy covers three strategic pillars — Government Efficiency, Industry Creation and International Leadership — where the implementation of use cases for each pillar will be conducted by the Dubai government and select technology partners.IoTeX will work with GDAC to explore futuristic use cases to be implemented and actioned in Dubai, as well as how emerging technologies can be used to facilitate a more seamless information flow between the public and private sectors. Over the past year, GDAC was able to identify 54 initial use cases, which have been refined and prioritized to 20 final use cases. Specifically, IoTeX is being considered for use cases regarding: blockchain-based baggage tracking, supply chain digitization, food chain transparency, and more. If selected, the use cases would apply similar technologies as currently built into “Powered by IoTeX” devices like Ucam and Pebble.Although delayed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Dubai Foresight Initiative is currently evaluating use cases to support the Future Council in rethinking blockchain-native infrastructures, governance models, business models and technology initiatives. Accepted use cases will be announced as part of the Dubai Expo 2020 (postponed to Oct 2021), one of the largest global gatherings where Dubai will host the world over six months.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Partners with Global Digital Asset Corporation (GDAC) for Dubai Foresight Initiative was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 02. 09

IoTeX Joins Executive Commi...

IoTeX has joined the Executive Committee of the China Mobile IoT Alliance, an invite-only network of 1,600+ enterprise members that include China’s leading IoT manufacturers, service providers, and distributors. As the only public blockchain in the Alliance, IoTeX will leverage our leadership role to introduce blockchain technology to the $350 billion China IoT industry. This appointment to the Executive Committee expands our active leadership roles in top enterprise consortiums like the IIC, IEEE, and CCC.Over the past year, IoTeX has worked within the China IoT Mobile Alliance to develop new IoT solutions in blockchain-based facial recognition and supply chain finance, which are now open to all enterprise members. We are also interacting with members to explore how existing IoTeX products like Ucam, Pebble Tracker, and Pantheon can be applied in real world use cases.IoTeX products featured on the front page of China Mobile IoT Alliance website.In this article, we explain the mandate of the China Mobile IoT Alliance, our new enterprise IoT solutions in facial recognition and supply chain finance, and what to expect from IoTeX in the future.What is the China Mobile IoT Alliance?The China Mobile IoT Alliance is jointly initiated by China Mobile, the world’s largest telecom company by subscribers, and global institutions engaged in Internet of Things (IoT) chips, modules, terminals, networks, platforms, applications, and other related industries. The Alliance was born under the principle of cooperative innovation and is a non-profit organization that prioritizes research and development, implementation, and industrialization of cutting-edge technologies like IoT, AI, and blockchain. The Alliance promotes the widespread application of IoT to empower a global, win-win IoT ecosystem. To learn more, visit their website.IoTeX’s product offerings for IoT enterprises on our member profile page.Bringing IoTeX Technology to IoT EnterprisesAs the only public blockchain in the China Mobile IoT Alliance, IoTeX is well-positioned to bring our technology to IoT enterprises — and we have already started. Over the past year, IoTeX has worked with Alliance members to ideate, prototype, and iterate upon innovative blockchain + IoT solutions. We believe our new leadership role will catalyze many new opportunities. In this section, we showcase our ongoing initiatives as part of the China Mobile IoT Alliance.New Enterprise IoT Solutions by IoTeXBlockchain + confidential computing facial recognition: IoTeX is developing an all-in-one 3D facial recognition machine based on blockchain and confidential computing to realize full protection of sensitive biometric data. This greatly improves privacy and data security for enterprises to enable trusted access control, including authorized entry to restricted spaces.Supply chain finance and digital assets: IoTeX and a large domestic enterprise are jointly developing a blockchain-based financial platform to enhance the transparency of assets and credibility for enterprise supply chains. Financing via accounts receivable (A/R) is a bottleneck for supply chain participants, where tokenized assets can reduce friction and improve transparency.Existing IoTeX Solutions Available to the AllianceIn addition to our new enterprise offerings, IoTeX is exploring how we can apply the underlying technologies of Ucam and Pebble Tracker in enterprise settings, orchestrated by our enterprise-ready consortium blockchain Pantheon. IoTeX will present our suite of IoT offerings in upcoming quarterly member meetings hosted by the China Mobile IoT Alliance.What’s Next?Building trust and gaining respect from enterprises is a long process that IoTeX takes extremely seriously. Due to the confidential nature of enterprise consortiums, the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work required to create real impact is often non-visible to the public until things are signed, sealed, and delivered. We are excited to finally share the fruits of our labor with you!Looking forward, IoTeX will contribute our research, technical insights, and product development expertise to expand the understanding of blockchain for IoT enterprises. We will evangelize IoTeX via the Alliance’s quarterly member meetings and look forward to more direct interactions and partnerships with enterprises that share our vision for a trusted, win-win IoT ecosystem.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Joins Executive Committee of China Mobile IoT Alliance, Unveils New Enterprise IoT Solutions was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 02. 09

IoTeX 2021: The Year Ahead

Another year, another adventure. IoTeX had a monumental year in 2020 — we made massive upgrades to our platform and protocols, launched the first “Powered by IoTeX” products, and expanded our global community. With a solid foundation in place, IoTeX will carry our strong momentum into 2021 with a refreshed focus on growth, awareness, and adoption.2021 will be the year IoTeX becomes the leading blockchain platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).In 2021, IoTeX will introduce the first decentralized autonomous machines (DAMs) that will unleash powerful DeFi & IoT applications that are only possible on IoTeX. A new machine economy will be born where sensors, devices, and machines will generate new synthetic assets and autonomously deliver monetary value to humans. From fractional ownership of machines to real-time leasing of resources (“machine-as-a-service”), IoTeX will establish a new paradigm for trusted human-machine interactions.In this article, we share our plans for hyper-growth of the IoTeX ecosystem, new initiatives in real world data oracles and decentralized autonomous machines, and high-level roadmap for 2021.Hyper-Growth of the IoTeX EcosystemIoTeX is one of the most unique, performant, and reliable networks in the world, powering an ever-growing ecosystem of devices (e.g., Ucam, Pebble), DApps (e.g., mimo, Cyclone), and services (e.g., ioPay, ioTube). Even with our incredible progress over the past three years, we still treat every day like it’s Day 1 — IoTeX is just getting started.In 2021, we will prioritize hyper-growth of the IoTeX Network, including users, DApps, tokens, partners, and exchanges. We will make the IoTeX brand synonymous with quality, innovation, and trust by strategically onboarding new partners and communities that share our vision. Finally, we will enrich our user-facing tools with a focus on making ioPay a seamless onboarding tool for new users and a gateway to the IoTeX Network for all.Our Journey to the Internet of Trusted ThingsSince IoTeX started in 2017, our vision for the Internet of Trusted Things has served as our “north star” to guide our development. IoTeX was built from scratch to serve as a trusted foundation for the future machine economy and to secure the data, devices, and funds of millions of global citizens. Year over year, we have aggressively launched new capabilities that bring us closer to our ultimate goal — this year, we plan to make our biggest leap yet.In this section, we explore our core 2021 initiatives across self-sovereign devices, real world data oracles, and decentralized autonomous machines.The Journey to the Internet of Trusted ThingsSelf-Sovereign DevicesIoTeX believes everyone has the right to own their devices, as well as the data and value they generate. In 2020, we made this a reality with Ucam, which utilizes IoTeX’s Decentralized Identity (DID) protocol and DID Access Management (DIAM) framework to give users exclusive ownership and control of their videos. In 2021, we will apply our DID system to onboard new “Powered by IoTeX” devices and privacy-conscious users. We will also formalize and standardize our DID technologies through collaborations with enterprises and professional standards bodies, including IIC and IEEE.Real World Data OraclesFor blockchains to reach their full potential, they need access to the world’s data. This is why oracles are crucial to make off-chain data available to on-chain smart contracts. IoTeX will not compete with existing oracle providers that focus on general data (e.g., price feeds) from centralized databases and APIs. Instead, we will develop first-of-its-kind “real world data oracles” to unlock an entirely new data source for the blockchain industry: verifiable real world data from trusted devices.IoTeX will be the de facto hub for real world data in the blockchain universe.This untapped data source will empower IoT-fueled DeFi use cases on IoTeX and pave the way for new on-chain assets backed by real world data. Becoming an official hub for real world data also positions IoTeX to “serve” data to other blockchains like Ethereum and Polkadot in the future. We are kicking off this effort in Q1 2021 with Pebble Tracker and TruStream, and will publicize our innovative oracle design for community review in Q2 2021.Decentralized Autonomous MachinesIn the future, we will own fewer assets and consume more services, especially from trusted machines. Every machine (e.g., drones, mining rigs, autonomous vehicles) is different, but there is a common thread that ties them together: the ability to create value/services for the people that own them. This year, we will expand the capabilities of “Powered by IoTeX” devices from verifiable data providers for DApps to verifiable service providers for consumers.Autonomous machines will spark new business models and synthetic assets on IoTeX.Machines will play a pivotal role in DAOs that will underpin the future machine economy. In 2021, IoTeX will develop an open framework to register/manage decentralized autonomous machines, which will facilitate real-time leasing of machine resources (e.g., hashpower, compute, connectivity) and execution of predefined “jobs” (e.g., 3D printer prints an object). We will also introduce new machine-backed synthetic assets that will allow anyone to fractionally own devices and the data/value they generate via Initial Machine Offerings (IMO).2021 High-Level RoadmapIoTeX has ambitious goals for 2021 — as always, we have set high expectations for ourselves but we believe wholeheartedly that “nothing worth doing is ever easy”. This high-level roadmap includes bodies of work where timelines are controlled by the IoTeX Foundation — not included are the many community- and partner-led initiatives that will flourish this year on IoTeX. With this in mind, we are proud to share our high-level roadmap for 2021:Protocols and PlatformMainnet v1.2 & v1.3: EVM Upgrade, optimized storage/APIs, P2P communicationMainnet v2.0: expansion of Delegates, new gas model (EIP1559), account abstractionReal world data oracles: DApp integration and synthetic assetsv2 DID protocol + SDK for Decentralized Identity & Access Managementv2 ioTube for cross-chain interoperability with Ethereum & Polkadotv2 ioPay as the portal for all users to access the IoTeX universeTokenomics & Governancev2 Burn-Drop Tokenomics (starting Phase 3)v2 Delegates Program for new roles and expanded Delegates poolGovernance DAO based on community-defined structureDeFi protocols for Lend/Borrow + Stablecoin (with mimo team)EcosystemCommunity Task Groups (Governance, Marketing, and more)IoTeX Hackathons (one per quarter starting Q2)IoTeX Idea-Thons (one per quarter starting Q1)Goal of 100+ active ecosystem projects fueled by Halo GrantsAs always, roadmaps are subject to change and may be re-prioritized. However, this is a good reflection of the core initiatives that the IoTeX Foundation will drive throughout 2021. In addition to the tech/product focused efforts listed in this roadmap, IoTeX will devote significant resources in 2021 to brand awareness, product marketing, and user/developer onboarding. We look forward to the community’s feedback — let’s make 2021 the biggest year yet for IoTeX!About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX 2021: The Year Ahead was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 02. 09

IoTeX Project Updates №31 {...

Greetings IoTeX community! We are back with our Monthly Project Update for January 2021. During the past month, we have introduced the first-ever IoTeX Idea-Thon, published the first use-cases for Pebble, welcomed a new advisor, new listing, and wrapped up the month with publishing our 2021 Roadmap!Here’s a quick digest in case you’ve missed anything ;)IoTeX 2021 — The Year Ahead2021 will be the year that IoTeX cements our position as the top blockchain platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). Explore our detailed plans in our new IoTeX 2021 blog — together we will make this the biggest year for IoTeX yet!IoTeX 2021: The Year Ahead➡️ Our new website is LIVE at: http://iotex.io/pebble🤖 Pebble Tracker — the next evolution of Blockchain & IoTPebble unleashes verifiable real-world data and allows you to unlock a universe of new options with GPS, climate, motion, and light data inputs to your smart contract / DApp.We are excited to announce our partnership with CrowdSupply, the leading hardware developer platform with thousands of global backers. We will be kicking off our month-long Pebble launch in early February.✅ Subscribe for updates on CrowdSupply: https://www.crowdsupply.com/iotex/pebble-trackerIoTeX Partners with Global Digital Assets Corporation (GDAC) for the Dubai Foresight InitiativeTogether we will explore futuristic IoT use cases to be implemented in Dubai, which aims to be the first city fully powered by blockchain.IoTeX Partners with Global Digital Asset Corporation (GDAC) for Dubai Foresight Initiative➡️ Official Press Release: https://www.prweb.com/releases/smart_device_pioneer_robert_parker_formerly_of_samsung_and_amazon_joins_iotex_advisory_board_to_advance_privacy_for_iot/prweb17643969.htmWelcome Robert Parker, to the IoTeX Advisory Board!Over his 30-year career, Robert served as CTO of Samsung SmartThings, Founding Director of Amazon Alexa, and GM at Microsoft. In his new role at IoTeX, Robert will help drive the growth and adoption of IoTeX and meet the growing demand for secure devices that protect user privacy.https://medium.com/media/aab4984900bfab9d0fee4f47ebaed49d/href➡️ Learn more: https://medium.com/rampdefi/ramp-partners-with-metanyx-staking-pool-for-metx-token-launch-and-new-network-integrations-in-icon-f5a13bc8b7e9IoTeX users will soon be able to wrap and collateralize their IOTX via RAMP rStake, unlocking liquidity while also generating staking rewards in IOTX + METX. Liquid staking, coming soon to IoTeXCES 2021: IoTeX Receives Award From IEEE & Consumer Technology SocietyIoTeX is partnering with professors from University of Houston on blockchain-based mobile payments via smart devices.IoTeX has surpassed 10 Million transactions!IoTeX has come a long way since launching our first code release in April 2018. A great way to start the year, but we have our eyes set on 100 Million next 👀After a decade of rapid disruption, we are setting our sights on a decade of decentralization. Global citizens are ready to take back their data, identity, and agency — the mass migration from WhatsApp to Signal/Telegram is a critical tipping point, and proof that decentralization matters more than ever.Why Decentralization Matters Now More Than EverOur new profile on LunarCRUSH is LIVE! ☄️Explore the new ‘About’ page and our fast-growing social footprint at https://lunarcrush.com/coins/iotx/iotexThe first-ever IoTeX Idea-Thon — “Closing Trust Gaps in the Real World” with Pebble! 💡💰 25 winners will win $2,000+ in IOTX + prizes and all participants will get an exclusive Idea-Thon NFT 🪙https://medium.com/media/dde9f0bf9580e8adc0f2e83291b2baf1/hrefBuilding Next-Gen Use Cases with Pebble by IoTeX✔️ 2020: verifiable price data fuels the DeFi revolution🔜 2021: verifiable real-world data fuels the everything revolutionIoTeX is pioneering a new standard for verifiable facts, starting with asset tracking via Pebble, a smart device designed for developers and companies seeking absolute trust. Replacing error-prone, centralized intermediaries with verifiable and decentralized robot workers — a universe of opportunity awaits.Building Next-Gen Use Cases with Pebble by IoTeXMoving Crypto Assets Securely Between Ethereum & IoTeX — New Video!Now easier than ever with ioTube! Our cross-chain bridge for $wBTC $ETH $UNI $BUSD $PAXG $IOTX and more!https://medium.com/media/19af544b85e500b869057bdc88b5eee8/hrefhttps://medium.com/media/437a871f7df371a96c76b7494890a2ed/hrefhttps://medium.com/media/1b65f7e0fa4fe936b4bc4197018f6119/hrefIoTeX NewsSubscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the weekly project updates & other cool videos from us and our community!Here’s our latest episode:Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with our latest updates!If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Partner, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Delegate, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Brand Ambassador, please read this blog & complete the form.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Project Updates №31 {January 2021} was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 02. 01

Privacy Is the American Dream

150 million Americans made their voice heard on November 4th in a stunningly close and contentious election. But the election is only the roiling surface of the vast depths of the fight for the American Dream, that “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of circumstances of birth. Any fouling of the American Dream emanates from a rotten slab at its very center — the erosion of the Fourth Amendment and all it protects: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” We’ve come a long way from the days when the fourth was directed at Red Coats beating down front doors of revolutionaries. Modern violations of the fourth amendment are not physical. Not seen. Not touched. But felt. They are felt in the same way an invisible virus corrupts the system rendering it nauseous and sweaty.Despite its mediocre number, the fourth is the bedrock of American civil liberties. It supports the first amendment above all. How can citizens speak out when their communication is unilaterally surveilled and silenced? You will recall that Orwell’s dystopia locked down the citizenry with surveillance, not prisons. Violations to the fourth amendment have always happened in times of emergency, both apparent and real. They stretch all the way back to Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus to arrest and detain individuals deemed threats to the military operation. Woodrow Wilson’s Palmer Raids in the midst of the Red Scare is a grievous example but the post 911 Patriot Act is both recent and controversial.The biggest lie Americans have been told for the last twenty years is that to keep our freedom from outside threats we must give up our freedoms to inside guardians. The shocking and tragic events of September 11th desecrated the Manhattan skyline and lit up the phone banks of Army recruiters. In response, The USA PATRIOT Act, a 346-page document weighing in at over one pound, flew through the Senate 99–1 within 24 hours of its introduction. Much proverbial ink has been spilled dissecting the swath of civil liberties violations embedded in the Patriot Act, in particular: XKeystore, and PRISM giving NSA analysts the power to comb any American’s online search history and active browsing sessions.But the hyper-focus on government surveillance misses the far more subtle yet pernicious side-effect of the fourth’s fall: a breakdown in governance itself. When public discourse is rendered ineffectual because ideas are promoted according to their viral potential, governance itself falls. With no ability to differentiate between truth and falsehood on the internet, election results have been cast into doubt.Rudy Guliani tweeted on November 9th that “Real Clear Politics just took PA away from Biden and made it a toss-up.” Tom Bevan, the founder of Real Clear Politics, responded saying: “This is false. We never called Pennsylvania, and nothing has changed.” Still, the Guliani claim spread like wildfire, capturing over 1 million views on Youtube channel The Next News Network and flooding private Facebook accounts.Prediction market PredictIt still shows bettors placing 15 % odds that Trump will win the election, seven days after votes were cast, and three days after the election was called by most major news outlets.Biden’s campaign manager, a no-doubt biased source, called out Facebook as a paper-shredder for the truth: “If you thought disinformation on Facebook was a problem during our election, just wait until you see how it is shredding the fabric of our democracy in the days after.”Correcting disintegrating truth is blockchain’s core feature. In particular, governance processes that are run on the blockchain are trackable, ensuring the democratic process maintains veracity and rescuing the American Dream from continued degradation. We believe strong democratic principles should exist in our governments but also in the IoTeX Network, which is itself a digital democracy and community-owned ecosystem. Our recent announcement to decentralize the governance of IoTeX is an important step to empower everyday people to contribute to an ecosystem that has their best interests in mind. One that empowers them to strive for their own “American dreams” with guaranteed privacy. If you are interested in shaping the future of IoTeX, please join the IoTeX Governance Working Group:https://medium.com/media/e84275f0cc6568df398b0d618a06808c/hrefPrivacy Is the American Dream was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 01. 06

Confidential Computing Rede...

“We have long been able to protect data at rest and in-transit with end-to-end encryption. But running code on that data required decryption — slicing open a gaping security hole that meant personal data was manipulatable by the third party that controlled the code. Confidential computing protects data in use for the first time by cordoning off a black box within the CPU that decrypts, computes on, and re-encrypts data so privately that not even the local operating system knows what’s happening. This is confidential computing.”Every blockchain company worth its salt claims to be decentralized in one way or another. While decentralization is a protean term, there is one meaning that cuts to the bone of the concept: Decentralization means giving individuals power over the code that processes their data.It’s counter-intuitive, but having control of the code that processes your data is arguably even more important than controlling the data itself. To quote Andreas Antonopoulos:“If you control the code, you control where the data is being processed. It, therefore, doesn’t matter if the data is decentralized at first; it will eventually centralize to the place where it’s processed and manipulated.”The internet was a web of self-hosted websites in the fetal days of the mid-90s. The facebook before Facebook was running a server out of your house that hosted a web-page with your bio on it. The early internet was decentralized because everyone controlled the code that ran their website.Most new networks start out decentralized before an organizing institution coalesces power. This holds true for political factions as well as computer networks. To join a network while it is still decentralized often means becoming a pariah. In 1995 Bill Gates went on the Letterman show where Dave said: “I think one of these days I’ll get one of these deals [computers]…” after taunting him. The internet was still decentralized and so its users were outcasts worthy of mockery.The entry barrier and the invitation to mockery early internet users experienced then are similar to die-hards that run blockchain full-nodes now. When I set up my first Ethereum mining rig in early 2016, my friends told me to “move on from blockcoin.” Ethereum is decentralized. But in both cases, decentralization meant uncool and arduous.Today the internet is centralized and accessible, so everyone uses it. But the centralization of execution comes at the cost of having your data manipulated: Sharing a photo on Instagram? First, you’ll have to share your location, facial recognition data, and media library. Playing a song used to be an anonymous act. Now Spotify wants your location just to stream music.Decentralize the Internet of Things (IoT) with IoTeXEthereum, in theory, offers a respite: All the decentralization of the early internet with the power and ease of modern applications. How? You decentralize the execution of code. The irony is that this process of re-decentralization invited the same negative reaction that the initial decentralized internet inspired in the first place. Is decentralization just rogaine for uncoolness?Maybe. At least as long as decentralization implies clunky and slow. Ethereum and web 3.0 is still too slow and costly to compete with web 2.0 at any scale. The DAO hack brought the Ethereum experiment to its knees in 2016 when 15 percent of the total Ether supply was locked into a single smart contract that malfunctioned. DAO included, the early use cases of Ethereum have been primarily financial: ICOs to fundraise for startups in 2017, and decentralized finance to disrupt Wall Street today. Ethereum is a gamble where the dice are still rolling. We don’t know what the final result will be.The primary challenge Ethereum faces is decentralizing the execution of code at scale using only a blockchain. Blockchains are trust machines that set a high bar for what gets added to them. Their slowness is a feature, not a bug. But what if we used Blockchain as a single source of truth to manage scarce digital properties like money and authentication credentials while leaving the large-scale, decentralized execution of code to other, more scalable technologies?IoTeX Recently Joined the Confidential Computing ConsortiumOne such technology is called confidential computing. Confidential computing has been around for decades, but it received a major boost in 2015 when Intel introduced SGX to keep data secure while in use. We have long been able to protect data at rest and in-transit with end-to-end encryption. But running code on that data required decryption — slicing open a gaping security hole that meant personal data was manipulatable by the third party that controlled the code. Confidential computing protects data in use for the first time by cordoning off a black box within the CPU that decrypts, computes on, and re-encrypts data so privately that not even the local operating system knows what’s happening. This black box is called a Trusted Execution Environment or TEE.In addition to Intel SGX servers, TEEs are also applicable in smaller form factors for edge IoT devices, where critical security, authorization, and cryptographic processes that are typically run on a centralized server are run locally on the device itself. This zero-latency approach to computation “on the edge” is paramount when a self-driving car has to decide whether to slam on the breaks when a pedestrian jumps in front of them.Interestingly, this concept of distributing the workload of a centralized server to a distributed network of nodes/devices is what underpins both blockchain and edge computing — it’s no wonder why when combined, they have the power to change the computing landscape forever. IoTeX’s soon-to-be-released Pebble, built in partnership with Nordic Semiconductor, is one such edge device with a TEE built-in to provide end-to-end verifiability of all data generated as well as all edge computations performed. Pebble is the swiss-army-knife of trackers offering GPS, vibration and shock orientation, temperature, gas humidity, pressure, and ambient light readings.Confidential computing means that users can be confident that the code run inside a TEE is both tamper-proof and secure, eliminating the need to trust in a central party. In fact, it can even be said that a TEE-enabled IoT device is a proxy for a blockchain — both are unbiased third parties that provide verifiability of all inputs, processes, and outputs. When combined, the blockchain does what it does best by issuing trusted credentials to users and devices for provenance and immutability of data, while TEE-enabled servers and edge devices do what they do best by executing code on that data in a trusted way at scale.IoTeX’s tech stack embraces this potent combination and re-imagines what decentralization means for the Internet of Things (IoT). Because confidential computing occurs at the hardware level, its ability to decentralize device networks is as obvious as it is revolutionary.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditConfidential Computing Redefines Decentralization was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 01. 06

IoTeX Project Updates №30 {...

Greetings IoTeX community! We are back with our Monthly Project Update for November 2020. Throughout the past month, we continued making enhancements to our products and the blockchain and completed the 1st phase of Burn-Drop! Let’s review the highlights of this past month and get ready for December ;)Burn-Drop Tokenomics: Week 3 UpdatePhase 1 is now complete! 90 Million $IOTX was burned and thousands of IoTeX stakers got $BTC $ETH $BUSD drops.We are just getting started — Phase 2 incoming!➡️ Explore the new Burn-Drop website: https://burndrop.iotex.io➡️ Burn-Drop smart contract: https://iotexscan.io/address/io1h49cfw0zcj63chk6awu08u6xem8kpr350r5p57New to Burn-Drop? Wondering why thousands have staked >1.2 Billion IOTX? Make sure to read our blog:Burn-Drop: Everything You Need To Know 🔥💧Bringing Decentralized Governance to IoTeX Network 🌎Find out about IoTeX’s new plans to bring decentralized governance and help us design a new foundation for community-driven governance!Decentralized Governance of the IoTeX Network➡️ Join the Governance Working Group: https://iotex.typeform.com/to/MwViH9HXThanks to IoTeX Delegate & Halo Grant recipient SmartStake for contributing these great tools for staking/voting transparency!https://medium.com/media/9872d4fa1a3f08689c638b8bbb10d6e5/hrefIoTeX SmartStake Analytics — a Delegate performance + rewards analytics dashboard for IoTeX.https://medium.com/media/a0c99cc3f0a4e8b86682469df70daae1/href@IotexAnalyticsBot — a Telegram Bot for IoTeX communityA Comprehensive Guide to Earning Great Returns On Your $IOTX➡️ Read it now on IoTeX Forum: https://community.iotex.io/t/maximizing-returns-on-your-iotx/1634With Burn-Drop, compound interest staking, and liquidity mining on mimo, there are now more ways than ever to earn great returns on the IoTeX Network.IoTeX Ecosystem Page — Official Launch — your one-stop shop to explore the growing ecosystem of IoTeX devices, DApps, tokens, partners, and exchanges!➡️ Full tutorial on Hackster: https://www.hackster.io/simone-romano/turn-a-raspberry-pi-into-an-iot-blockchain-gateway-6f19d5IoTeX Joins Hackster: Hardware Developer Community 🔒For our first project, we share how anyone can turn a Raspberry Pi into a Blockchain & IoT Gateway for secure IoT DApps.➡️ Explore on Hackster: https://www.hackster.io/simone-romano/a-blockchain-powered-smart-lock-21fad9Blockchain-Powered Smart Lock Project on Hackster! 🧑🏽‍💻Use IoTeX to open/close a door lock via smart contract + Raspberry Pi — a great template for decentralized access control use cases.➡️ More about ioTube: tube.iotex.ioioTube Now Supports ETH Deposits + Withdrawals ✅This means you can directly deposit ETH to ioTube and convert to ioETH, as well as convert your ioETH to ETH. Enjoy!Read the full paper here http://intelligenttech.org/BCCA2020/proceedings/BCCApackingList/18_BCCA2020_RC_34.pdfIoTeX Presented @ International Conference on Blockchain Computing & Applications (BCCA), hosted by IEEE. Publishing this research is yet another example of our commitment to transparency + innovation!https://medium.com/media/97dd4f742a25d665d030ee7be8103230/hrefIoTeX presented at #REIMAGINE2020. Our Head of BD @Larry_IoTeX dives deep into the Blockchain + IoT industry, the importance of data ownership, and IoTeX’s ambitious future plans — a must-watch for newcomers and legacy members!https://medium.com/media/5b26db203498db2b0cac1ceef317bdef/hrefHow will Blockchain & IoT impact the automotive industry? 🚗Our Head of BD @Larry_IoTeX joins the Automotive Blockchain podcast to explain how IoTeX can make vehicles more reliable and interoperable.How Blockchain Can Clean Up the Election Data Mess 💭Regardless of who wins this monumental election, one thing is clear: a universally trusted beacon of election data is critical to ensuring the fidelity of our democratic processes. We share our thoughts on how blockchain can help in a new blog.Blockchain Can Clean Up the Election Data MessIn modern society, has the definition of the “American Dream” changed?IoTeX’s new blog explains why the privacy and “the right of the people to be secure in their own persons and houses” is the modern American Dream. #OwnYourDataPrivacy Is the American DreamConfidential Computing Redefines Decentralization ⚡️In our new blog, we share how these two emerging technologies are redefining decentralization as we know it.Confidential Computing Redefines DecentralizationIoTeX shares our insights with Digital Privacy News, as they investigative privacy + security issues in electronic tolls. Hint: blockchain can help!Toll Roads Going Electronic, Raising Privacy, Security IssuesPolice departments across America are partnering with Amazon Ring to monitor our neighborhoods 24/7 — is the USA becoming a surveillance state?IoTeX shares our thoughts with LifeWire on the irreversible risks to our privacy + freedomPolice Plan to Use Ring Cameras Raises Privacy Concerns➡️ Watch now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/r1JxTahjzFI?t=1400Ucam Reviewed by Hashoshi (50K+ Youtube subs)!“All in all, as a private security camera, it’s really really good. This 1080p camera looks better than some of the 4K cameras I’ve tried online!”➡️ Watch now on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm_eTTly2io&ab_channel=MakeUseOfUcam Featured by MakeUseOf, Popular Tech Experts!As Ucam sales on Amazon grow by the day, so do the number of extraordinary reviews from mainstream tech publications — mass adoption and mass love for Ucam!➡️ Read the full review: https://sarahscoop.com/ucam-security-camera-product-review/Amazing review of Ucam by lifestyle influencer SarahScoop (70k+ Twitter followers!The mass market is loving Ucam! We have received amazing reviews from mainstream product reviewers like NerdTechy, 911studios, The Net Guy, and more. It’s great to see non-crypto users appreciate the beauty and utility of blockchain!“I have tried a lot of security cameras and Ucam is amazing. It’s so easy to set up and started working in just a few minutes. Plus, look how stylish it is!” — Sarah ScoopIoTeX NewsSubscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the weekly project updates & other cool videos from us and our community!Here’s our latest episode: https://youtu.be/F81Wylyz5AEDon’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with our latest updates!If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Partner, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Delegate, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Brand Ambassador, please read this blog & complete the form.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Project Updates №30 {November 2020} was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 01. 06

Introducing TruStream: A Pr...

Technology is transforming the way society operates, including the concept of “trust”. In today’s world, trust is subjective — we generally trust people/companies based on their reputation, status, ratings, media coverage, and more. While this model has worked well historically, the rapid emergence of misinformation — from deepfakes to counterfeit products to fake news — compels us to reconsider what we trust and why we trust it. In the future, trust will not be simply assumed but rather proven with verifiable, objective facts. The “don’t trust, verify” mantra will become the new global standard that underpins our decentralized future.Trust must be objective, not subjective.IoTeX has a vision for the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where humans and machines can interact with verifiable trust, privacy, and free will. Establishing a long-lasting foundation for this vision requires tools that allow us to verify and therefore trust the information from our smart devices. This is why we are excited to introduce TruStream, an open-source protocol that places the power of verifiable data in the hands of builders.What is TruStream?TruStream is a first-of-its-kind protocol developed by the IoTeX Foundation that makes verifiable, real-time data from IoT devices available to developers. Combining tamper-proof hardware and software, TruStream provides a blockchain-agnostic framework to create cryptographically signed data streams that can be trusted, utilized, and monetized on the IoTeX Network and beyond. TruStream specifically addresses real-time IoT data streams, which along with 5G connectivity and edge computing has the potential to enable decentralized automation, zero-latency decision-making, and human-to-machine and machine-to-machine interactions.TruStream brings data from the physical world to the digital world.TruStream synchronizes with secure hardware devices (e.g., Pebble) to collect and sign data using a tamper-proof secure element called a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). This cryptographically signed data can be transmitted to any MQTT v3.1.1 endpoint, providing great flexibility for developers. While developers can customize their own backend, the IoTeX Foundation offers a hosted backend that is integrated with ThingsBoard for plug-and-play data processing and visualization. This end-to-end process produces real-time data streams that can be verified by anyone and used in any application.To complement TruStream, the IoTeX Foundation has also developed Prophecy, a proof-of-concept smart contract framework that enables peer-to-peer exchange/trading of data streams. Users that set up our hosted backend can “purchase” another user’s Pebble data stream by defining a price (in IOTX), duration (in blocks), and an MQTT endpoint to transmit the data stream. Once a Pebble receives an order from listening to the smart contract, it will transmit its real-time data to the buyer based on the defined parameters. Although still in beta, Prophecy allows developers to begin experimenting with the concept of #DeFIoT — leveraging data you own as a digital asset that can be openly exchanged via blockchain.Explore the various open-source repositories for TruStream on Github:Data Spec: JSON format for sensor data and ECDSA digital signaturesFirmware: libraries for device operations utilizing secure elementsHosted Backend: data processing and visualization via ThingsBoardProphecy Contracts: smart contract to “buy” data streams with IOTXVerifiable Data for the IoTeX NetworkOver the past year, decentralized finance (DeFi) has captured the attention of the crypto industry like never before. The amount of innovation is matched only by the amount of “rug pulls”, largely stemming from unverified price oracles. In most instances, the smart contracts underlying these hacked protocols were robust and audited — it was actually the false data that was fed to them that caused the loss of funds and reputation.Fake data leads to fake insights that create a fake reality.In the future, blockchain will not only manage our finances but also the devices we use in our personal and professional lives. Our grand visions for autonomous taxis that are hailed via smart contracts and paid for using cryptocurrency are possible, but we must learn from the mistakes of DeFi and ensure the data we feed to IoT-related smart contracts are fully verified and trusted. After all, a DeFi rug pull means you lose your funds, but an autonomous taxi rug pull means you crash and lose your life.Verifiable data is also paramount for IoTeX’s vision for DeFIoT to unlock the trillion-dollar IoT data industry. Blockchain is poised to disrupt the world’s largest industries, such as insurance and supply chain, which will utilize data from IoT devices to trigger payments, settle claims, enforce dynamic pricing, and more. However, without verifiable data as the root of trust, these grand visions for a decentralized future will simply not exist. TruStream will empower developers to incorporate a “single version of the truth” into their products to protect the finances and physical wellbeing of users and empower the future data economy.What’s Next?The importance of verifiable data cannot be understated in our modern world. As a protocol for verifiable real-time data, TruStream is just the start for IoTeX. In addition to real-time data, historical data owned by a specific device/human DID as well as transformed/intersected data will all play unique roles to fuel the Internet of Trusted Things. IoTeX is committed to the long-term mission of building a fully trusted human-machine ecosystem, which will be verifiable-by-design. We look forward to sharing more details soon!TruStream will be introduced alongside Pebble to the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) with the goal of understanding how secure hardware and blockchain can help global enterprises. As the co-chairs of the IIC’s Blockchain Working Group, IoTeX will present TruStream to leading IoT institutions as part of the IIC Q4 Member Meeting on December 4–7. TruStream will be added to an exciting list of IIC technical contributions from IoTeX.Pebble: TEE-enabled Asset Tracking built by IoTeX & Nordic SemiconductorFinally, the official launch of Pebble is coming soon after months of extensive testing and development — a truly unprecedented device! As a protocol designed for secure hardware devices like Pebble, TruStream will be utilized extensively by Pebble developers who will be able to use verifiable data such as location, climate, motion, and light to fuel verifiable solutions. We can’t wait to see what you will build.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIntroducing TruStream: A Protocol for Verifiable, Real-Time IoT Data was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 01. 06

How To Stop Monsters With T...

E.M. Forster’s 1909 classic “The Machine Stops,” describes a future where humanity lives underground, separated from the natural world, eliminating all impediments to the growth and final hegemony of “The Machine.” Everyone lives in private rooms, and physical interaction is made obsolete by video-calling courtesy of The Machine. All bodily needs — food, clothing, medical assistance — are taken care of by, you guessed it, The Machine.The Machine is an allegory — a symbol — of a system grown so complex that no single person can understand it, let alone control it. There is a human government, a Central Committee, ostensibly responsible for managing The Machine. But the Central Committee is nothing more than a marionette whose strings are jerked by the all-powerful Machine.Humanity is obsessed with “ideas,” vague concepts no longer in the service of human flourishing; rather, the intellectuals of the day equate The Machine’s progress with human progress. In short, humanity is “strangled in the garments they have woven.”The Machine’s repair apparatus breaks, the underground world cracks open, and a flood of air suffocates a population that has evolved to no longer draw strength from the oxygen of natural air.Forester’s story is full of remarkable prescience, not least of which is a video calling system 90 years before Skype. But beyond technologies in particular, Forester portends a world where human management is replaced by programmed intermediaries — algorithms — who steer the world with millions of invisible commands. This is a world we can all recognize because we live in it.Don’t let algorithms control you — you must control the algorithms.Tim Maughan’s story in OneZero: “The Modern World Has Finally Become Too Complex for Any of Us to Understand,” describes the complexity that overwhelms us all. “I am here to tell you that the reason so much of the world seems incomprehensible is that it is incomprehensible,” says Maughan.Maughan details a global supply chain where five to six million algorithmically managed containers cross the oceans at any given time. Behind the supply chain and every other commercial act is an impenetrably complex global financial system.And we all feel anxious at the prospect of an entire lifetime spent processing a single drop in the vast sea of information. The raw data behemoth is even more monstrous, an average of 1.7 MB is generated per second per person according to Domo.Our inscrutable system going rogue is a popular theme in fiction, in part because it is such a real threat. Anyone old enough to remember the 2008 financial crisis is aware of how the malfunctioning of a system designed by humans can cause its creators so much suffering.Make no mistake, we are not claiming the complexity of the modern world is bad for humanity. The supply chain and global financial system are synonymous with a glorious flourishing of wealth and comfort. Rather, we are calling for a commitment to building systems of transparency and accountability into our Machine before it becomes a monster.The encroachment of wearables onto our bodies and into our social lives foreshadows a future where algorithmic managers guide our every move. Your Google Fitbit telling you to stand up is a helpful health tip. Your Amazon Halo telling you to change your tone is intrusive, but potentially profound communication advice.You may not worry about the means your devices use to arrive at their recommendations when they are benign, but what about when Google tells you who to marry, or who to vote for? These are no longer questions for science fiction writers, but actual design decisions made by technology companies every day.Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, a man who understands the state of technology better than almost anyone, had this to say in an interview with Andrew Yang in March: “Google has a better sense of what we prefer than we do… these algorithms are going to start making more and more of these decisions… Why did my watch just tell me to stand? We are basically giving up our agency completely.”One solution is regulation: forcing technology companies to tell us how their algorithms come to decisions and what data they have about us. California and Europe give consumers the right to know about, and opt-out of, data held by private companies. Proposed legislation in New York state, called the NYPA, goes a step further — classifying data as personal property and granting users the power to opt-in to sharing their data.But creating technology that is transparent and human-focused by-design is the best way to lash new innovations to the advancement of human wellbeing. There are at least two major steps we need to take to get there: The first is ensuring data is secure and trustworthy, the second is ensuring the processing itself — the algorithm — is transparent and trustworthy.IoT devices equipped with so-called “Trusted Execution Environments (TEE),” used today in your phone to safely store your fingerprints, can collect and sign data securely before broadcasting it to a database, or to an algorithm for immediate processing. This signing, which you can think of like a digital watermark, is a root-of-trust that takes us over step-one.Pebble: TEE-enabled Asset Tracker by IoTeX & Nordic SemiconductorTEEs combined with other technologies like blockchain and confidential computing can form a chain of data provenance that extends all the way to the end-user, who can then verify the provenance of information and inspect algorithmic recommendations if they so choose. Confidential computing ensures that code execution occurs inside a tamper-proof, cordoned off area within the CPU that will always do exactly what it says it’s going to do,These are brand new technologies that are just starting to see mainstream adoption, but the future is bright with the combination of confidential computing, secure hardware, and blockchain. Together, these technologies offer and end-to-end solution that is both transparent and accountable; ensuring there is never any question about who’s in charge: Man over The Machine.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditHow To Stop Monsters With Truth was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 01. 06

Halo Q4 2020 Update — New G...

Halo Q4 2020 Update — New Grants & Completed ProjectsWant to build your next big idea on IoTeX? The Halo Program offers grants to developers, researchers, marketers, and designers to fuel IoTeX’s vision for the Internet of Trusted Things. Halo Grants are open to any project/individual at any stage that wishes to contribute to the growth and widespread use of IoTeX technology.Since we announced our first batch of Halo grants in July, we have seen the IoTeX Ecosystem blossom with exciting community-led projects and an ever-growing number of builders. In this update, we share our latest Halo grant recipients and a progress update on ongoing Halo projects.New Halo Grant RecipientsWe are excited to share five new Halo projects, some of which have already launched beta products on IoTeX in the past few months. We look forward to seeing these projects evolve in 2021 and encourage the IoTeX community to interact with the teams and contribute feedback.Beancount Wallet — Chrome Extension WalletBeancount Wallet is a Chrome extension wallet that will enable IoTeX users to transfer tokens, interact with DApps, invoke contracts, and more directly in your browser. Beancount is similar to MetaMask, serving as a trusted gateway between users and web-based applications. The development/launch of Beancount will be occur in two incremental releases:Beancount v0.5: create/import wallet, multi-wallet support, Testnet/Mainnet toggling, balance/activity history, token transfersBeancount v1.0: connect to web DApps, multi-account switches, contract invoke, envelope parsing/handling/signing, post-action handlingWe look forward to the v0.5 launch very soon! Beancount will be fully open-sourced as part of the growing suite of Beancount services built on IoTeX. See the initial proposal on Github by @puncsky.HealthNet — Medical Supply Chain w/ Pebblehttps://consensusnetworks.com/HealthNet is a blockchain-based health data platform developed by IoTeX Delegate, Consensus Networks. HealthNet aims to connect “Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)” devices to HIPAA-compliant data management, security, and provenance services, as well as provide integrations with Electronic Health Records (EHR). HealthNet will enable a secure, auditable layer of trusted data from IoMT devices that provides medical stakeholders with real world data for improved decision-making and efficiency.Consensus Networks is currently exploring ways to incorporate asset tracking information from Pebble into their HealthNet platform. Pebble’s verifiable data — GPS location, temperature, humidity, air pressure/quality, motion, light — can provide a full 360 view of a medical asset’s environment. For perishable or high-value medical supplies like vaccines, prosthetics, and drugs, Pebble will help facilitate an accurate, trusted chain-of-custody for circulating medical supplies that will empower more coordinated planing and care.Cyclone — Transaction Obfuscator via zkSNARKs⚠️ IMPORTANT: Cyclone is still in dev-mode. Do NOT deposit any IOTX or XRC20 tokens as per the Cyclone team’s instructions. ⚠️Cyclone is a privacy-focused protocol that obfuscates the history of IoTeX tokens/transactions using zero-knowledge proofs (zkSNARKs). Based on the concept of Ethereum’s tornado.cash, Cyclone uses a smart contract to accept IOTX and XRC20 token deposits, which can then be withdrawn by a different address. When an asset is withdrawn from the deposits pool, the on-chain link between source and destination addresses is broken — there is no way to link the withdrawal to the deposit, ensuring complete transaction privacy.Cyclone not only implements the concept of tornado.cash on IoTeX, but also improves it substantially by adding decentralized governance (via the $CYC token) and enhanced privacy (via larger anonymity set for deposit pools). Cyclone is led by an anonymous team that wishes to stay anonymous — for updates, follow their Twitter and documentation.️Arduino-IoTeX Software Development Kit (SDK)Arduino is a household name in the IoT industry that designs and manufactures single-board MCUs and hardware developer kits. Arduino focuses on easy-to-use hardware and software with a focus on converting inputs (e.g., light on a sensor, finger on a button)into outputs (e.g., activating a motor, turning on an LED). Along with Raspberry Pi, Arduino is leading the open-source hardware movement — as of February 2020, the Arduino community has >30 million active users (based on IDE downloads).This Halo project, led by IoTeX Delegate and Developer Advocate, IoTeX Lab, will expand on IoTeX’s existing C/C++ embedded SDKs and deliver a comprehensive antenna-arduino library to easily connect Arduino devices with the IoTeX blockchain. The SDK will streamline account creation, transaction signing, contract calls, gRPC communication, and more. The goal is to make IoTeX compatible with the most popular Arduino boards, including the UNO, Nano & Mega. See the initial proposal on Github by @zimne.Mint-Token — XRC20 & XRC721 Token MinterThe tokenization of real world assets is a critical part of IoTeX’s #DeFIoT vision. The ability for everyday people to monetize their data and other real world assets will be supported by Mint-Token, a web tool that allows anyone to seamlessly create and deploy their own fungible (XRC20) and non-fungible tokens (XRC721) on the IoTeX blockchain — no coding or developer experience required!IoTeX Token Minter: Create Your Own Fungible Tokens & NFTsTo use Mint-Token, all you have to do is define basic parameters (e.g., token name, symbol, decimal place, total supply) to instantly create new IoTeX tokens! Get started now by reading the instructions for creating fungible (XRC20) and non-fungible (XRC721) tokens with Mint-Token. See the initial proposal on Github by @siyushin.Ongoing/Completed Halo GrantsIn July 2020, the IoTeX Foundation approved the first batch of Halo grants — we are happy to share three have completed their planned scope of work (and are preparing for future phases), while two are making great progress.Smart Stake (proposal): completed a detailed analytics dashboards for IoTeX voters that outlines Delegate performance, rewards, and more. See the finished product here.GameFantasy (proposal): completed the first “Powered by IoTeX” game called Travel Cat with IOTX/VITA integration and 1,000+ users! Now working on in-game NFTs.Helix (proposal): completed the integration of IoTeX blockchain data to BigQuery, Google’s open-source data platform, for advanced analytics.HealthBlocks (proposal): ongoing development of a decentralized identity-based approach for “co-ownership of health data” from popular health apps/products.Metanyx (proposal): ongoing development of e-commerce integrations, as well as launching $METX token to the IoTeX community.IoTeX is committed to continuously improving the Halo Program over time and onboarding more exciting projects to the IoTeX Network. We hope the new and ongoing Halo projects inspire you to apply for a Halo Grant — we cannot wait to see what you will build on IoTeX!About IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditHalo Q4 2020 Update — New Grants & Completed Projects was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 01. 06

IoTeX Completes Integration...

IoTeX Completes Integration with Google BigQueryWe are excited to announce a new integration with BigQuery to make data from the IoTeX blockchain available to Google Cloud users. IoTeX data will be hosted and updated in real-time by Google Cloud as a publicly available dataset, which is now listed on the GCP Marketplace.While many projects, including IoTeX, explore how to bring data from the real world to the blockchain world, it is also important to consider: how can data from the blockchain world be used in the real world? Unlike other blockchains, IoTeX is focused on enabling verifiable data from verifiable devices for verifiable trust. In the future, one can imagine that IoTeX’s on-chain data will represent a vast number of interconnected human-machine identities that engage in a peer-to-peer fashion; a first-of-its-kind decentralized ecosystem where historical data regarding its formation and growth can be verified, trusted, and thus utilized by developers and researchers of all varieties. We look forward to these exciting possibilities as our ecosystem grows.Thank you to Allen Day and the Google Cloud team, as well as Blockchain ETL & Helix Technologies, who received a Halo grant in July to support this project. In the rest of this blog, we share more details about BigQuery and the integration.What is BigQuery?BigQuery is fully-managed, serverless data warehouse that makes it simple to query data using standard SQL syntax. Along with other Google Cloud products, BigQuery provides powerful data analysis capabilities used by the world’s most innovative companies, such as UPS, Twitter, Toyota, PayPal, and Bloomberg.IoTeX joins an elite class of blockchain projects, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and Zcash, in making on-chain data available to Google Cloud developers. With BigQuery, anyone can run advanced analytics across multiple datasets/blockchains, as well as track inter-chain activity for interoperable tokens, such as ioBTC and ioETH in the IoTeX Network.Sample query: “What are the 10 largest IoTeX wallets?”Integration DetailsBy increasing the transparency of blockchain systems, the contained data becomes more accessible and useful. This project’s objective was to make real-time IoTeX data, such as gas costs, smart contract activity, mimo liquidity, Ucam registrations, and decentralized identity (DID) records, from IoTeX available for exploration with BigQuery. Specifically, this integration:Performs real-time extraction of data from the IoTeX blockchainStores the data to Google BigQuery and de-normalizes it to make exploration easierDerives insights from the extracted data via Google’s Data StudioIt’s easy to get started with just a few clicks — in addition to the IoTeX Explorer and Analytics Playground, BigQuery is one of the most convenient ways to analyze data related to the IoTeX blockchain. It’s also expressive enough to cater to the most advanced data scientists. Stay tuned for more exciting updates.“Google Cloud has an incredible reach and depth of connections,” said IoTeX Co-founder and former Google Tech Lead, Raullen Chai. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to make verifiable data from the IoTeX Network available to the broader technology industry .”About IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Completes Integration with Google BigQuery was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 01. 06

IoTeX 2020 — Year in Review

IoTeX 2020 — Year in Review2020 was a year we will never forget. As the world changed before our very eyes, one thing has become absolutely clear: the institutions we trusted to protect us have instead failed us and breached our trust. From the rapid growth of corporate/government surveillance to politically-driven COVID-19 policies to rampant misinformation surrounding our elections, 2020 tested our willpower and frequently made us question “who can we actually trust?”Amidst the turmoil, there is a silver lining: global citizens from all walks of life now recognize the importance of objective facts over subjective promises. This year, the desire for self-sovereignty and a “single version of the truth” has transcended cypherpunks to everyday people. As a result, IoTeX’s vision for the Internet of Trusted Things is now more important than ever — this is what motivates our mission and what has fueled our most productive, purposeful year to date.IoTeX’s action-packed 2020 lays the foundation for a bright future.IoTeX had a monumental year in 2020. Not only did we accomplish our planned initiatives, but we above and beyond with a surge of new products, protocols, tokenomics, partnerships, and research milestones. Most importantly, we kicked off our transition from the IoTeX protocol to the IoTeX ecosystem with an ever-growing number of developers and companies building next-gen products on IoTeX. We will look back on 2020 as the year we drove to completion several individual pillars that will form the foundation for the Internet of Trusted Things.In the rest of this blog, we review the core pillars we focused on in 2020 — blockchain, tamper-proof hardware, “Own Your Data”, #DeFIoT, user/dev tools — and explain how they will come together to make IoTeX an indispensable part of our decentralized future.BlockchainAt the start of 2020, IoTeX was still a hybrid network with staking/voting occurring on both Ethereum and IoTeX. This all changed in June 2020 with the launch of Mainnet GA v1.0 (codename “Machina”). From the day we started IoTeX, we dreamt about launching a fully native IoTeX Mainnet and this year, with the help of 60+ global Delegates, we made it happen. Mainnet GA is much more than a code release — it represents the true independence of IoTeX as a self-sustaining, decentralized, and community-owned network.The IoTeX blockchain is now one of the fastest (5-sec blocks with instant finality) and most reliable (running error-free since April 2019) in the entire industry and we will only continue to improve. Shortly after launching Mainnet GA v1.0 in June, we followed up with Mainnet v1.1 in August and are nearing the release of Mainnet v1.2 in early 2021. We are ecstatic to see the various components of Machina (e.g., Native Staking v2) and our beloved Delegates continue to thrive as we close out 2020.Tamper-Proof HardwareBlockchain provides a secure foundation to execute smart contracts and transfer value, but it is not a panacea. Blockchain, as a trusted tool, must synchronize with other trusted tools in order to achieve indisputable, end-to-end trust. Our vision for the Internet of Trusted Things requires not only a “root of trust” via tamper-proof software (blockchain), but also a “root of verifiability” via tamper-proof hardware. Put simply, even the most secure blockchain or smart contract cannot be trusted if the data written to it is not trustworthy — without verifiable data, we cannot have indisputable trust.Tamper-proof hardware like Pebble uses a “secure element” (e.g., the chip in your phone that manages your fingerprints or the chip in your Ledger that manages your private key) to ensure data authenticity.This year, IoTeX made great strides in tamper-proof hardware. We partnered with two of the world’s leading chip manufacturers — Nordic Semiconductor and WISeKey — and joined the Confidential Computing Consortium alongside Facebook, R3, NVIDIA, and more to explore real world applications for tamper-proof hardware. Not only did we align ourselves with premier organizations, but we also got our hands dirty with Pebble, a tamper-proof asset tracker built in partnership with Nordic Semiconductor. To cap things off, we introduced TruStream, the first of many protocols to bring verifiable data from tamper-proof hardware to the IoTeX Network.“Own Your Data” InfrastructureFor the past decade, corporations have done everything in their power to harvest, mine, and profit from users’ data. However, inflection points in culture, regulation, and technology will soon make this legacy model untenable. Everyday people and businesses are now realizing the benefits of owning their data (e.g., privacy, control, monetization), while new privacy regulations like GDPR & CCPA are shifting corporate data ownership from an asset to a liability. The “your keys, your funds” mantra of Bitcoin is extending to “your keys, your data” as people seek self-sovereignty in the modern age.Ucam — 100% Private Home Security CameraIoTeX knew this day would come, which is why we started designing Ucam, our first “Own Your Data” device, over one year ago with Tenvis. What we did not know was the incredible journey Ucam would take us on. From winning the CES Innovation Award in January to being featured in Newsweek and ZDNet to launching Ucam on Amazon in September, we are grateful for the valuable lessons and all those who supported Ucam this year. The tech that powers Ucam, summarized in this whitepaper, was designed to be extensible and will power all types of “Powered by IoTeX” devices in the future. With Burn-Drop tokenomics, every new device that is onboarded to IoTeX will drive value to token-holders and make IOTX a deflationary token over time.#DeFIoT — Digital Asset InfrastructureThe benefits of data ownership are wide-ranging, but skeptics may question whether self-custodying our data is worth the effort. To these skeptics we say: if data is the new gold, then your smart devices are the goldmines — you cannot control or monetize what you do not own! For IoTeX to change the world, we must not only grant users ownership of the data from their devices, but also allow them to convert this owned data into digital assets that can be utilized and monetized in a decentralized fashion. This is a paradigm-shifting concept we call #DeFIoT — decentralized finance for the Internet of Things.Our long-term vision is not only to bring #DeFIoT to the IoTeX Network, but also to “serve” verifiable IoT data to other blockchain networks. Similar to how Chainlink serves financial data to the entire blockchain universe, IoTeX will be the de facto hub for verifiable IoT data and assets. Throughout September and October, IoTeX unveiled exciting #DeFIoT components, including ioTube (cross-chain interoperability bridge), mimo (cross-chain DEX), TokenMinter (XRC20/721 token creator), bridged ERC20 tokens (e.g., wBTC, ETH, BUSD, UNI), and more. An incredible start to #DeFIoT, which will blossom as more “Powered by IoTeX” devices are introduced.User & Developer ToolsIn addition to security and decentralization, one of the most important benefits of blockchain is that it is open and permissionless. Blockchain is often marketed as “accessible by anyone” but today it is more “accessible by anyone who can code”. This technical threshold is a bottleneck to mass adoption and engagement, which is why IoTeX devoted significant time in 2020 to expand our suite of user- and developer-facing tools. Across blockchain, tamper-proof hardware, “Own Your Data”, and #DeFIoT, we are committed to lowering the barrier for developers to build and expanding the ways users can engage on the IoTeX Network.For developers, we introduced multi-language SDKs (antenna, Go, gRPC, Java, C/C++) and open-sourced repos for analytics, node setup, decentralized identity (DID), and many more. We also refreshed our developer documentation and ioctl command-line tool, as well as launched a web-based IDE. Finally, we kicked off new Blockchain & IoT initiatives on Hackster and other IoT dev forums. It is now simple and fun to build on IoTeX, regardless if you are interested in blockchain, hardware, tokens, or apps.For users, our major focus in 2020 was to revamp the overall user experience centered around the ioPay wallet, which now supports native staking (blockchain), logging in to Ucam (Own Your Data), trading on mimo (DeFIoT), games, NFTs, voting/polls, and so much more. ioPay is now a one-stop shop that enables anyone to interact with the various parts of the IoTeX ecosystem, providing open access and engagement for all. We also built several new websites that transparently showcase our progress (e.g., ecosystem.iotex.io, iott.network, docs.iotex.io) and the growth of IoTeX in real-time.Putting It All TogetherWhile these individual pillars we completed in 2020 are great milestones for us on a standalone basis, their contributions to the larger, long-term vision of IoTeX is even more exciting. Each individual pillar provides a core benefit that, when combined, will form the foundation to empower the Internet of Trusted Things.As mentioned above, blockchain serves as the“root of trust” while tamper-proof hardware serves as the “root of verifiability” — together they enable verifiable, trusted data. Adding “Own Your Data” tools ensures this verifiable data is owned exclusively by self-sovereign individuals, not profit-motivated institutions. Our #DeFIoT infrastructure allows self-sovereign individuals to then exchange their owned assets in an open, decentralized manner. Finally, user-friendly tools will allow anyone to participate in the Internet of Trusted Things and, as a result, own, protect, and monetize their data and digital assets. The realization of this full-stack vision will change the world and return trust, privacy, and agency to everyday people and businesses.Individual pillars will come together as one in 2021 to empower the Internet of Trusted Things.What a year 2020 has been — we can’t thank our amazing community enough for your support. The IoTeX team has never been more excited for what the future holds and we can’t wait to begin connecting the dots in 2021. In the coming weeks, we will publish our 2021 roadmap, extending some of the concepts we detailed in this blog as well as introducing some brand new initiatives. From all of us here at IoTeX, thank you for an incredible 2020 — the best is yet to come.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX 2020 — Year in Review was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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21. 01. 06

Blockchain Can Clean Up the...

At the time of writing, around Noon PT on November 4th, the presidential race teeters on a razor’s edge. In the maelstrom of misinformation and confusion unfolding less than 24 hours after the west coast polls closed, many are asking… why is this so difficult?Public trust in democratic data is the central bulwark of the American system, and in the past two elections, that trust has crumbled away. Inaccurate information misleads voters about the odds of a given candidate’s victory for months prior to the election, is weaponized as a tool for voter suppression on election day, and leads to post-election hair pulling thanks to failures in vote counting and reporting.Poll aggregator fivethirtyeight consistently called Biden a 10:1 favorite and a likely landslide victor in the months leading up to the election that is now a nail biter. Social media platforms saw voter suppression tactics like the fake announcement of last-second polling place changes and early declaration of victory to dissuade voters from casting ballots.And in the post-election day counting frenzy, crucial swing state data reported by Edison research led to the fallacious early declaration of a Biden victory in Arizona. And reports of voter fraud by commentators on Twitter about the number of votes cast in Wisconsin exceeding those registered to vote (despite counter-evidence) led to large swaths of outrage and confusion. In a word, election data is a mess.How can we do better? Trusted data is the bread and butter of IoTeX’s decentralized blockchain. The AP already uses blockchain along with data-oracle Chainlink for their election data API. Voter suppression tactics could be assuaged by educating voters to only trust data that has been verified by a trusted Oracle like Chainlink; data approved by a rigorous multi-party consensus mechanism before posting on a decentralized blockchain.Blockchain as a decentralized, transparent, and programmable database makes it an ideal beacon of trusted data for democratic elections. Decentralization ensures no single party can tamper with, or take down the database guaranteeing its fidelity. Transparency means the data on the blockchain is universally visible which eliminates the possibility of misreporting. Programmability means rules are preconfigured and remain unchanged without decentralized consensus while still supporting complex logic and powerful functionality.The election data mess showcases the need to embrace trusted technologies like IoTeX’s blockchain and secure hardware solutions. Trusted hardware, at the level of the election polling centers themselves, could be equipped to feed voting data directly on the blockchain at the moment it is cast to ensure the trust of election data. At IoTeX, we are committed to bridging data generated in the physical “real world” to a digital blockchain environment that can then be shared and trusted broadly, with the three critical features described above. For more information on IoTeX’s technology, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Blockchain Can Clean Up the Election Data Mess was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 11. 04

IoTeX Project Updates №29 {...

Greetings our dear supporters! We are back with our Monthly Project Update for October 2020. Now that Ucam is listed on Amazon, we are excited to launch a Ucam Referrals Program for our supporters, sales from which will fuel IoTeX’s Burn-Drop tokenomics (which is launching on November 3!) Get up to speed with all of the exciting progress below.The Ucam Referrals Program is now OPENEarn up to $10 per referral by sharing Ucam with your network! Create your unique referral link, accumulate referral points, and cash them in for cash/crypto prizes.Your referrals will fuel Burn-Drop, as every new Ucam drives value back to IoTeX stakeholders! Let’s use the power of community to grow IoTeX to new heights.➡️ Join the Ucam Referrals Program: https://community.iotex.io/t/ucam-referral-program-official-thread/1578➡️ Check out the Ucam Media Pack: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ucKFpBxIw0_90XX_Dr443W6YcmYsU9up/view?usp=sharingWe prepared a Ucam one-pager with all the info you need to make your referrals simple and effective!▫️ Why Ucam is 100% private▫️ Product features + specs▫️ Comparison chart to top-selling cameras➡️ New to Burn-Drop? Read+Share on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iotex_io/status/1320606405003415555?s=20Burn-Drop Starts on November 3!After a successful warm-up with #IGNITE, we are excited to launch the main event. Burn-Drop tokenomics will drive value to $IOTX holders for every new device registered to the IoTeX Network (like Ucam and Pebble Tracker)!➡️ Get Started w/ Compound Interest: https://community.iotex.io/t/compound-interest-bucket-for-iotex-stakers/1585Compound interest is the gift that keeps on givingWith our new Compound Interest Bucket, you can automatically re-stake your staking rewards and maximize your $IOTX returns.Token Minter — a new IoTeX dApp to fuel the creation and exchange of IoT-related digital assetsIoTeX Token Minter: Create Your Own Fungible Tokens & NFTs- Mainnet v1.1- ioTube - mimo DEX - Ucam integration @Filecoin + much more! ➡️ Full details: https://community.iotex.io/t/official-tech-dev-updates/703➡️ Official Announcement: https://www.binance.com/en/support/announcement/ca94b7a6751b4b2b9451f7a3ceb8dbceIoTeX 🔀 Binance Smart ChainBinance has opened Binance Smart Chain (BEP20) deposits and withdrawals for $IOTX. An exciting step to expand the reach and usability of native IOTX.IoTeX is partnering with Nordic Semiconductor, a global IoT leader, to transform the asset tracking industryWe are excited to announce new joint efforts on Pebble Tracker, a first-of-its-kind trusted asset tracker, will bring real-world IoT data to IoTeX developers. We have an amazing pioneer class of Pebble builders we are excited to share in the coming weeks.➡️ Learn more in our full-page feature in Nordic’s Wireless Quarter Magazine (pg. 30):IoTeX Combines Verified Hardware for Secure and Private Asset Traceability | BTCMANAGERIoTeX & Industrial Internet Consortium publish new research on Decentralized Identity (DID) for edge computing➡️ Read the Tech Brief now: https://www.iiconsortium.org/pdf/IIC-Edge-DID-Tech-Brief.pdfBillions of IoT devices now require trusted identities in this new digital age. What does that mean for our smart devices and edge computing? Read our new Tech Brief with the IIC to learn how blockchain will empower the next generation of smart devices with IoTeX identities.➡️ Play Travel Cat now: https://community.iotex.io/t/travel-cat-step-by-step-instruction/1550Travel Cat by GameFantasy is now LIVE on IoTeX!Explore a dynamic digital world and collect unique cats in this addictingly fun online game. Compatible with ioPay + $IOTX $VITA for your gaming pleasure.Ucam is featured in ZDNet, a top mainstream tech publication with 12M+ readersNew Ucam security camera is powered by the blockchain | ZDNethttps://medium.com/media/d0cdc97a8d5f32ffac902af194307869/hrefUcam by IoTeX Reviewed by OS-Tech!The gadget experts at OSReviews share a new full-length review of Ucam! See how the mass market perceives Ucam in this detailed unboxing + setup + features overview video.“It’s really about the blockchain security and privacy that powers the experience and makes it special.”https://medium.com/media/e33e9a7caa6c4eb68f4329e13b2ac7fd/hrefThe mass market is loving Ucam and the #OwnYourData movement! 🙌🏼911Studios, a popular YouTube gadget authority, picked Ucam as its Product of the Week and shared an amazing review of Ucam already viewed 7,500+ times.“What sets it apart is the privacy. These folks went above and beyond so you know exactly who is watching when and where.” 🔒 #OwnYourDatahttps://medium.com/media/c063d4adda96a440f14477dd26a073d8/hrefIoTeX Keynote on Ucam @ SecureComm 2020! 👨🏽‍🎓Curious about the tech that powers Ucam? IoTeX delivered a keynote presentation on Ucam to global academics and researchers on Day 2 of the #SecureComm2020 Virtual Conference!https://medium.com/media/8f6610b50a7f4447e31e40548ddc3844/hrefGet the inside scoop on our recent Ucam + #DeFIoT launches and our exciting plans for Q4 2020.https://medium.com/media/5263c8b66f680a574c51420bc321411f/hrefWe had an awesome livestream AMA with LunarCRUSH!We talked about everything from social media metrics, Ucam adoption, future device plans, and much more! You don’t want to miss this one.➡️ Listen now on Apple & Spotify: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/at-intersection-culture-regulation-technology-co-founder/id1501617739?i=1000494144950IoTeX joins the Digital Executive podcast by Coruzant! 🎙Our Head of Business Development @Larry_IoTeX explains why technology, culture, and regulation must work together to unleash long-lasting innovation.Following up on a great podcast with Coruzant, @Larry_IoTeX pens a new opinion piece on how blockchain can help us build a safe, connected, and private world.How Blockchain helps build a Safe and Connected worldHow can we know what is really real in the digital world? In our latest feature in HackerNoon, we dive deep into the world of Deepfakes and why decentralized movements like IoTeX are needed to maintain trust in our society.Pulling Back From The Deep-Fake Crisis | Hacker NoonIs privacy a smoke-screen that protects bad actors? Or is it a shield against Big Tech’s goal to control our thoughts + actions?Why Should I Care About Privacy? I Have Nothing to Hide.IoTeX is pioneering edge computing + blockchain with Ucam — the mainstream tech world is starting to take notice!5 Use Cases for Edge Computing in the Digital WorkplaceHow can we protect our privacy with devices like Google Glass? IoTeX shares our insights w/ LifewireGoogle Glass Update: Helpful or Privacy Issue?In this article, we explore the tactics that tech giants use to exploit everyday people. Another timely reminder to #OwnYourData!Here's Where Big Tech Lags Behind | Hacker NoonIoTeX NewsSubscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the weekly project updates & other cool videos from us and our community!Here’s our latest episode: https://youtu.be/0JGWCdCKAlIDon’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with our latest updates!If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Partner, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Delegate, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Brand Ambassador, please read this blog & complete the form.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Project Updates №29 {October 2020} was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 10. 30

Why Should I Care About Pri...

Source: Forbes“Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you having to hide is like saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” — Edward Snowden“Alexa, tell me a joke” sends a shudder through the intergalactic transmission web. Amazon servers bank the speech-to-text snippet. The algorithm belches a response after feasting on a data buffet where the Library of Congress is hors d’oeuvres and 90 million dinner conversations is the Rib-eye. The chronic, bone-deep privacy invasion by always-on location tracking, always-listening smart speakers, and always-watching surveillance cameras is a cliche of modern life: Who cares? Knowledge is power, and a data shared is a joke or a health tip earned.“Privacy,” the term, needs a makeover. Privacy is not a smoke-screen to protect pedophiles who dredge the internet’s most despicable depths. It’s a shield for the anorexic teenager assailed with ads for weight-loss pills that dump gasoline on her burning anxieties. Privacy is managing boundaries through control of personal data, handing you the keys to your mind’s gate — stormed by social media, online news, and increasingly, physical devices like Amazon’s Alexa, and smartwatches that are doubling as palm-sized shrinks.If you accept that our every step or click is propelled by infinite inscrutable forces, then you know how easily humans are manipulated. When your cell-phone buzzes, does your hand plunge into your pocket before you register what’s happening? Embracing privacy is an act of humility; it’s the acknowledgment that targeted ads and notifications affect you in subtle ways that you may not understand or control. Privacy means self-control; it means setting mental boundaries. Let’s talk a little bit more about what that means in practice.Brittany Kaiser is the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, the star of the Netflix documentary The Great Hack, and the Own Your Data foundation founder. IoTeX partnered with Own Your Data earlier this year for a webinar detailing practical steps everyday users can take to control their data. Brittany Kaiser’s Own Your Data cuts to the entrails of privacy: Describing personal data as personal property as intimate and proprietary as a bedroom, and as we’ve seen with hacks of indoor cameras including Amazon’s Ring, sometimes the data is literally a video feed of your child’s bedroom.We should have the power to opt-in to data sharing. There are plenty of instances when sharing is beneficial — movie recommendations, directions, and targeted ads for helpful products. But the current model of bottomless extraction and secret manipulation needs to be flipped, handing data back to users who set the rules of engagement.The idea that data should be personal property is not a fringe one. Andrew Yang’s 2020 campaign laid out a proposal stating: “ Data generated by each individual needs to be owned by them, with certain rights conveyed that will allow them to know how it’s used and protect it.” Legislators in New York State proposed a piece of legislation called the NYPA that goes far beyond Europe’s GDPR and California’s CCPA: “Unlike the CCPA, which gives consumers the right to “opt-out” from the sale of their personal data, the NYPA requires consumers to “opt-in” for the use of their personal data.”The modern internet has been pillaged by digital imperialists who took our personal property without asking. Most people do not view their data in the same way they view their homes or physical property. But they should. Think about how much of your life is spent interfacing with a digital intermediary: Your laptop, your smartphone, and your smart-home devices, the latter of which serve as omnipresent eyes and ears inside your home. Amid this pandemic, it might be the majority. It’s time for a mindset shift.Some companies embrace a Privacy-By-Design philosophy, putting the user in charge of their personal data and fulfilling the goal of the legislation proposed by Andrew Yang and New York state. Any device Powered-by-IoTeX belongs in this category, the first of which is a home security camera, called Ucam.But this is not about any single company. It’s about changing how we think about our data and growing outraged at the injustices we suffer when our personal data rights are violated. Educate yourself and your friends. And if you are interested in receiving regular information relevant to the topic of user-well being and privacy, join our newsletter: The Good Disruption.Why Should I Care About Privacy? I Have Nothing to Hide. was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 10. 28

IoTeX Token Minter: Create ...

This is Phase 4 of IoTeX’s #DeFIoT series to unlock the trillion-dollar IoT data market. To learn more, see our #DeFIoT manifesto.The trusted exchange of value and information is a benchmark of why blockchain is so revolutionary. The introduction of cryptocurrencies in the form of both fungible and non-fungible tokens has sparked innovation in global finance via DeFi, as well as countless other industries. Now it is time to unleash the true power of tokens for the Internet of Things (IoT).For IoTeX, the tokenization of IoT data and devices is a critical part of our #DeFIoT vision. We envision a world where everyday people and businesses can not only own their devices/data, but also monetize their digital assets as part of a decentralized, global marketplace. In September, we introduced ioTube, stablecoins, and mimo DEX to bring DeFIoT to life. Today, we are excited to expand our DeFIoT vision with the IoTeX Token Minter!Token Minter is a web-based dApp that streamlines the creation of new XRC20 & XRC721 tokens. With Token Minter, anyone can create a new IoTeX token with just a few clicks. To get started with Token Minter, see our end-to-end tutorials to create your own fungible and non-fungible tokens on the IoTeX Network — no developer experience required!Fungible Token (XRC20) TutorialNon-Fungible Token (XRC721) TutorialOpen-sourced on GithubIn the rest of this blog, we share perspectives about fungible and non-fungible tokens to get you ready to mint your own tokens on the IoTeX Network.minttoken.ioFungible Tokens (XRC20)The XRC20 standard provides a standardized set of commands for users to launch and interact with fungible tokens on the IoTeX Network. XRC20 tokens are fungible (i.e., identical and interchangeable) and implemented as decentralized smart contracts, which are executed on the IoTeX Virtual Machine. XRC20 tokens are commonly used to denote VALUE as no unique information can be represented by the token.When using Token Minter, all you have to do is define a token name, symbol, decimal place, and total supply to instantly create your new XRC20 token instantly!The Structure of an XRC20 TokenAfter creating your XRC20 token, the total supply of tokens will be assigned to you as the account that deployed the smart contract. You may write a smart contract to define specific rules, such as automating the distribution of the total supply. Stay tuned for an advanced XRC20 token design tutorial.Non-Fungible Tokens (XRC721)In our ever-growing digital world, scarcity is a concept that is often forgotten. The world wide web has forever transformed the meaning of “owning assets” — the physical newspapers, CDs, and photographs that were the norm decades ago have now been replaced by digital counterparts, which are infinitely duplicable and fundamentally non-scarce. But now non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are pioneering a new concept of digital scarcity via blockchain-based assets that are unique and cannot be interchanged. Welcome to the world of NFTs!NFTs were popularized by CryptoKitties, digital collectibles on EthereumNFTs can represent just about anything, from shares in real estate to fractional ownership of a painting to full possession of a piece of digital artwork — proof of ownership. Today if someone sends a digital asset (e.g., image, mp3), they still retain possession of whatever they sent. With an NFT-based digital asset, ownership is fully transferred and verified to maintain digital scarcity. Unlike fungible tokens which usually represent value, non-fungible tokens usually represent unique INFORMATION.Several NFTs are already active on the IoTeX Network, primarily to denote users that have completed specific tasks (e.g., Ucam Pioneer, Burn-Drop IGNITE). NFTs can not only be traded in a decentralized fashion, but they can also be used to identify and interact with specific blockchain users; for example, we can scan the blockchain for all holders of the Ucam Pioneer NFT and deliver an airdrop or other perks.Next StepsThe launch of Token Minter is a significant milestone as part of IoTeX’s vision for #DeFIoT. The ability for non-developers to create their own tokens will allow the entire IoTeX community to bring their decentralized ideas to life. We will work closely with community developers to improve Token Minter over time, as well as IoTeX Delegates to issue new tokens to the IoTeX community.The integration of Token Minter with ioTube and mimo also represents a huge opportunity to bring XRC20 & XRC721 assets to other blockchains and also trade them against a growing number of IoTeX & Ethereum assets. With our last phase of DeFIoT coming soon, the full picture will be made clear as to how IoTeX will unlock the trillion-dollar IoT data market. Stay tuned!About IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Token Minter: Create Your Own Fungible Tokens & NFTs was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 10. 20

Ucam Q3 Update — The Final ...

Ucam Q3 Update — The Final Countdown to Amazon Launch!A year of long days and nights has all led to this point — Ucam is officially launching on Amazon this month. Today, we are ecstatic to share that mass manufacturing is complete and Ucam has been shipped/accepted into Amazon US warehouses. This means the listing of Ucam on Amazon is just around the corner — it’s time to bring Ucam to the mass market!Over the past year, IoTeX & Tenvis (Ucam hardware partner) have worked extensively on market research and beta testing with real end users to ensure Ucam has impenetrable privacy and an outstanding user experience. This quote from USV Founder, Fred Wilson, encapsulates the Ucam philosophy:“People do care about privacy, but the sacrifices we make for privacy must come at a low enough cost that we will make them.”With hundreds of satisfied beta testers, five-star reviews from mainstream media, and adoption from crypto industry leaders, we know we have created something special with Ucam. Now it is time to bring privacy to the masses! In this blog, we provide a comprehensive update on Ucam’s launch on Amazon, reviews + unboxing videos, referrals programs, and more.Ucam is Manufactured, Assembled, and Tested to the Highest Quality StandardsManufacturing Complete, Amazon Launch Soon!Last week, we provided a behind-the-scenes look at the Ucam manufacturing process, outlining the high-quality parts, detailed assembly, and rigorous testing of Ucam. The manufacturing process was overseen by Tenvis, a security camera manufacturer since 2005, who ensured each and every Ucam was built to the highest quality standards.After completing the mass manufacturing process, thousands of Ucams were shipped to Amazon’s US Warehouse — as of September 15, Amazon has received the shipment and is now preparing for the official launch of Ucam.The official date for Ucam launch on Amazon will be announced within the next week. Stay tuned to our official channels for the exact date!Ucam Pre-Orders Will Be Shipped This WeekThe initial response for Ucam was fantastic. So fantastic that we sold out of our Ucam pre-order inventory in July. We know many of you that ordered a Ucam after July have been patiently waiting. Today we have good news for you!Now that mass manufacturing is complete, all Ucam pre-orders that have not yet been fulfilled will be shipped starting this week! Specifically, this applies to anyone that ordered a Ucam via ucam.iotex.io in August or September — your orders will be fulfilled/shipped and you will receive an email confirmation with the tracking information.Ucam Gets Five-Star ReviewsUcam is a five-star product that will change the technology landscape forever. But don’t just take our word for it — Ucam has been given five-star reviews by CoinDesk, Decrypt, and even mainstream media outlets including:Newsweek, a global news outlet with 100M+ readers, gives Ucam a glowing and detailed review. See the review here.TheHookUp (100K+ subscribers on YouTube) ranks Ucam in the Top 3 security cameras on the market. See the review here.GizChina, an authoritative voice for smart gadgets, praises Ucam as a pioneer in privacy technologies. See the review here.Looking for even more details on Ucam? We encourage you to watch our Ucam Unboxing + Tutorial Video which explains every detail of Ucam.https://medium.com/media/dc470a4b0dbe37e1a45b61a5b742b35c/hrefCommunity Referrals Program — Coming Soon!Over the past months, we have enjoyed interacting with new and existing IoTeX community members that have helped us beta-test Ucam. Now we are excited to announce another way for the community to get involved with bringing Ucam to the masses — in the coming weeks, we will be launching an incentivized community referrals program for Ucam!For every Ucam sold, the referrer (you!) and referee will each get a referral bonus. The more you sell, the more bonuses you will get! Start gathering a list of friends, family, and other contacts that you think will appreciate the privacy of Ucam.Stay tuned to our official channels for more details on Ucam!About IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditUcam Q3 Update — The Final Countdown to Amazon Launch! was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 10. 15

IoTeX Project Updates №28 {...

IoTeX Project Updates №28 {Aug 16 — October 1, 2020}Greetings our dear supporters! We are back with our Monthly Project Update for August & September 2020. Throughout these two months, we have introduced DeFioT, released tools and services to support it, as well as, launched our first blockchain-powered product Ucam on Amazon US! Get up to speed with our summary below!Ucam is now available on Amazon!Every Ucam that is sold will drive value back to the IoTeX Network and stakeholders via Burn-Drop, an innovative tokenomics design coming soon to IoTeX. 🔥💧Ucam is the 100% private home camera and the first “Powered by IoTeX” device. For those in the USA, buy Ucam now with Prime 2-Day Delivery via Amazon! You can also purchase Ucam with international shipping directly from the Ucam website.Ucam White Paper — Official Release➡️ Read the Ucam white paper: https://cdn.iotex.io/docs/ucam-whitepaper.pdfOur new Ucam white paper explores IoTeX’s first-of-its-kind design for a blockchain-based, end-to-end secure camera system. Before putting a Ucam in your home, learn about the sophisticated technology that ensures your privacy!➡️ Official WISeKey Press Release: https://www.wisekey.com/press/wisekey-selected-by-iotex-to-ensure-integrity-in-manufacturing-by-using-secure-semiconductors-with-blockchain/ $IOTXIoTeX & WISeKey Partner for IoT Manufacturing Integrity ⚙️ WISeKey, a Nasdaq-listed IoT chip manufacturer and cybersecurity leader. We are proud to welcome this public company (NASDAQ: WKEY; SIX: WIHN) to the IoTeX Network!DeFIoT: Unlocking the Trillion-Dollar IoT Data Market 💰From August 31, IoTeX started to unveil groundbreaking infrastructure to fuel #DeFIoT — IoT data oracle, cross-chain bridge, a decentralized exchange (DEX), and more! Learn more in our #DeFIoT manifesto:#DeFIoT: Unlocking the Trillion-Dollar IoT Data MarketioTube: the cross-chain + multi-asset bridge to connect IoTeX to the blockchain universeioTube will enable new assets and liquidity from other blockchains to flow into IoTeX, as well as position IoTeX to deliver unique IoT assets to other blockchains! Convert your ERC20 assets and bring new liquidity to the IoTeX Network now at https://tube.iotex.io➡️ Full details on ioTube:ioTube: Cross-Chain Bridge to Connect IoTeX with the Blockchain UniverseioTube Tutorial for Seamless Cross-Chain Swaps ↔️[ioTube] Converting ERC20 Tokens from Ethereum to IoTeXmimo — DEX with automated liquidity built on IoTeXTrade ERC20 & IoTeX assets with 5-sec trade finality and less than 1/10000 the gas fees of Ethereum. Manage liquidity pools, trade crypto assets, and explore the world of DeFi with mimo. Built by the FinTech gurus at CapitalMu & IoTeX.We are excited to announce support for new ERC20 assets $BTC $UNI $LINK along with $ETH $BUSD $PAXG. The IoTeX community will be able to trade $IOTX & $VITA for BTC, USD, ETH, and Gold equivalents directly on mimo.Introducing mimo: Faster, Lower Cost, Cross-Chain DEXIoTeX Latest Research Paper Awarded as Top Submission by the International Conference on Blockchain 📖 (ICBC)IoTeX’s latest research paper on multi-chain governance was selected by the International Conference on Blockchain (ICBC) as a top 15 submission alongside authors from ,Microsoft, IBM, Harvard, University of Pittsburgh, and more.MULTAV: A Multi-Chain Token-Backed Voting Framework for Decentralized Blockchain Governance 🔖🚨 Attention Blockchain & IoT Developers➡️ Check it out now at https://docs.iotex.ioIoTeX is the platform to power your next big idea. Explore our new dev portal and learn about our lightning-fast blockchain, IoT middleware, SDKs + APIs, and more!Welcome ThingsBoard to the IoTeX NetworkIoTeX Joins Forces with ThingsBoard, the leading open-source platform for IoT data management and visualization. ThingsBoard creates dynamic IoT dashboards that are trusted by Bosch, T-Mobile, and other global enterprises!Own → Visualize → Monetize your IoT data with ThingsBoard and “Powered by IoTeX” devices like Pebble Tracker. Buckle up, it’s time for #DeFIoT!IoTeX Joins Coinbase’s Rosetta to Simplify Blockchain-Exchange IntegrationsRosetta — an open-source spec to simplify integrations between blockchain networks and Coinbase + other exchanges. This powerful toolkit enables IoTeX to integrate seamlessly with new exchanges and Dapps — more integrations, more possibilities!IoTeX Joins Coinbase’s Rosetta to Simplify Blockchain & Exchange Integrationshttps://medium.com/media/251380c83650fec32bc2b8b070a9aeb6/hrefGreat overview of IoTeX by TheCryptoZombie (130K+ YouTube subscribers) — he got his hands on a Ucam and shares his thoughts on #DeFIoT in his latest video!https://medium.com/media/366b62bb4feb8d07011115a37f89ff1f/hrefThe Hook Up (129k subscribers) ranks Ucam in the Top 3 best indoor security cameras on the market today above Nest, Ring, Blink, Wyze, and more. Ucam is available to purchase for $45 now on ucam.iotex.io, Amazon US and TikTech!https://medium.com/media/da9d6a7ea71c587410094f6940740f84/hrefIoTeX Head of BD @larrypang dives deep with SwapZone CEO @MarijaCarola on the impacts of technology, culture, and regulation on data privacy and the future of IoTeX. A must-watch conversation!https://medium.com/media/7314feba5f895cf320556b0bb9243a54/hrefHow can blockchain enhance the consumer products we use everyday? 💭 At the IPFS Global Summit, IoTeX co-founder @Raullen presents our innovative vision to build decentralized, privacy-protecting consumer products with IoTeX + IPFS/Filecoin.https://medium.com/media/b9e6855fce0ca30c43114cf23a7f14c2/hrefThe IoTalks Podcast by IoTeX is Back!🔥 Our amazing new guest is HealthBlocks, who are building a new human-centered healthcare system on IoTeX. As the first recipients of the IoTeX Halo Grant, HealthBlocks will bring #OwnYourData capabilities and more to the healthcare industry.IoTeX is featured in Forbes as a Blockchain & IoT leaderCouncil Post: Is Blockchain's Transparency The Missing Link To Improving Data Security?Features on Hackernoon:We Need To Build A Human-Centered Future Because Regulations Alone Aren't Enough | Hacker NoonDante's Inferno Predicted Amazon's Halo Watch | Hacker NoonIoTeX NewsSubscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the weekly project updates & other cool videos from us and our community!Here’s our latest episode: https://youtu.be/HQJid8sudoMDon’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with our latest updates!If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Partner, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Delegate, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Brand Ambassador, please read this blog & complete the form.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Project Updates №28 {Aug 16 — October 1, 2020} was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

IOTeX

20. 10. 03

IoTeX & Binance AMA Summary...

IoTeX & Binance AMA Summary — June 2, 2020Can you tell us a bit about yourself and why did you get into crypto?Raullen: It is my honor to be here with you and share the vision and story of IoTeX. I came from a cryptography background — I got involved in Bitcoin when I was doing my PhD at University of Waterloo about 10 years back, shocked by the beautiful protocol design of bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology.After my PhD, I spent many years leading teams at Google and Uber, while driving various privacy and cryptography projects on the side. I have witnessed every tech/market cycle of Bitcoin and blockchain and realized the world-changing potential of this technology for the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2017, I founded the IoTeX Network together with two other Co-founders to create a dynamic, trusted, and privacy-respecting infrastructure to empower our vision for the Internet of Trusted Thing — a great trip down memory lane!Larry: Hi everyone, my name is Larry Pang and I’m a Founding Member and Head of Business Development at IoTeX. I graduated from MIT in 2013 and spent five years as a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman before joining IoTeX. I got into crypto after doing a consulting project in 2016 with the World Economic Forum on global payments and learned about Bitcoin. I was fascinated by how the financial world could be designed to be P2P and human-owned — when I learned about IoTeX, I had a similar realization that the Internet of Things (IoT) aka our smart devices can also be trusted, private, and human-owned. After two years at IoTeX, my belief in our vision has only grown!Can you give us a little history of IOTX?Raullen: IoTeX began our journey in 2017 as an open-source project. IoTeX is a platform that was built 100% from scratch (no forks) and is tailor-fit to support the Internet of Things (IoT) use cases and to power the next-generation of human-centered, privacy-preserving smart devices and networks. The IoTeX team consists of 30+ top tier engineers and scientists from Uber, Google, Intel, Facebook, and other top tech companies. Currently, our platform is maintained by 60+ global Delegates including Blockfolio, CoinGecko, DraperDragon, and more.IoTeX has a vision for the Internet of Trusted Things — an open ecosystem where humans and machines can interact with guaranteed trust, free will, and privacy. Our platform uniquely combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable trusted data from trusted devices for use in trusted Dapps.Could you please tell me what IoTeX is? What problem does it solve?Larry: For those that aren’t too familiar with the Internet of Things (IoT) — let me provide a brief explanation before diving into how IoTeX solves existing problems.These days, all types of smart devices like cameras, thermostats, and virtual assistants are being installed in our homes and businesses at a blistering rate. Even traditionally “dumb” devices, such as beds, mirrors, and toilets, are now equipped with WiFi and powerful sensors to make them “smart” — this phenomenon is called the Internet of Things (IoT). Whether you know it or not, IoT is part of everyone’s lives and allows people to interact with machines to drive efficiencies and create value!However, today’s IoT is owned and controlled by institutions (e.g., tech giants, governments) and not users (aka you and me). All of our highly sensitive IoT data, such as the videos from our home cameras, are owned by institutions and manipulated without our consent. Do we really have to accept a future where we are surveilled by institutions that collect our data, make our homes targets for hackers, and manipulate even the way we behave? No — we can build a better future with IoTeX.IoTeX’s goal is to enable a future that is connected, empowering, and safe — no intrusive ads and surveillance, just privacy and peace of mind without sacrificing usability. The IoTeX platform enables builders to easily launch privacy-preserving IoT devices, apps, and networks. Just like Bitcoin has created a decentralized financial ecosystem, IoTeX is empowering a decentralized ecosystem for our smart devices — the Internet of Trusted Things!Let’s talk more about Mainnet GA Launch, Can you explain what the main features and improvements are?Raullen: IoTeX Mainnet GA “Machina” is launching later today on June 1 and is our biggest milestone yet! Mainnet GA represents more than just technology — it also comes with native staking, updated governance, and powerful developer tools. We are now ready to welcome the world to build the Internet of Trusted Things on IoTeX!There are five core components of IoTeX Mainnet GA:Platform 2.0: new and improved IoTeX platform for the Internet of ThingsPantheon: enterprise-ready consortium blockchain for IoTHalo Program: official developer grants program from the IoTeX FoundationNative Staking v2: new scalable, transaction-based native staking mechanismHermes: rewards system for IoTeX Delegates and votersWhat projects are now using the IOTX platform? Tell us more about the companies currently building on IOTX?Larry: This is something we’re excited to share — we have some serious partners building next-gen products already on the IoTeX platform. before we dive into that, let me share a bit more about the IoTeX platform itself!The IoTeX platform is uniquely designed to support the unique requirements of IoT use cases. Our platform consists of multiple layers, including one of the fastest blockchains in the industry (5 second block time, instant finality), IoT-oriented middleware, and robust developer tools to make building privacy-IoT applications and services easy for all skill levels.IoTeX is all about enabling Trusted Data from Trusted Devices for use in Trusted ApplicationsThe IoTeX platform is already supporting REAL IoT products that are “Powered by IoTeX” and provide users full data ownership and privacy! #OwnYourDataUcam is the world’s first private security camera built in partnership with Tenvis, a hardware giant that is currently Amazon’s Choice for cameras. Ucam is already in the hands of the IoTeX community and they LOVE it!Pebble Tracker is a decentralized asset tracking device developed in partnership with Nordic Semiconductor, one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world. Paired with our Edge Oracle, Pebble Tracker writes verifiable, real-world IoT data (e.g., location, motion, climate) to the blockchain for use in smart contracts.Finally, IoTeX is the Co-Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Blockchain Group alongside Amazon & Huawei, and a core contributor to IEEE’s Blockchain + IoT standards. This shows our deep understanding of Blockchain + IoT and how it applies to real-world problems.We can’t wait to welcome more device+application builders to build on IoTeX!What are the future plans for IOTX? Do you have any exciting things down the pipeline that you can share?Raullen: IoTeX is just getting started — as of today, IoTeX is already powering smart devices that allow users to own and control their data, but we have much greater long-term goals. Our next steps are to enable privacy-preserving Dapps that leverage the trusted data and trusted devices enabled by IoTeX, and eventually form diverse human-machine economies that will power new decentralized ecosystems where humans and machines can interact with guaranteed trust, free will, and privacy.Our main goal for the rest of the year is to welcome the world to build amazing things on the IoTeX platform. With Mainnet GA, the IoTeX platform is now ready to support a wide variety of use cases across blockchain, IoT, and privacy. Our goal is to build our ecosystem of builders and contributors that will bring great network effects to IoTeX.We are starting this process right now by launching our new developer grants program called Halo. We have already received many interesting proposals for new projects that people want to build on IoTeX, including asset tracking use cases, healthcare devices/wearables that let you own your health data, and industry-wide tools like DEX and wallet integrations. We encourage any developers out there to take a look at Halo and apply for a grant!There are many competitors in the Blockchain & IoT space — how does IoTeX differ from them, especially IOTA?Larry: This is one of the most popular questions we get during AMAs — glad to share some insights! Regarding the general Blockchain+IoT space, there are many projects out there but none like IoTeX. IoTeX has deep expertise in both blockchain and IoT, which has allowed us to launch the world’s first blockchain-powered IoT products. I have not seen any other project launch real products yet like IoTeX. We are way past the white paper phase — these days, the proof of real products matters a lot. Only two years after IoTeX launched our first code release in April 2018, we already have many devices powered by the IoTeX platform, not just prototypes or PoCs.Just take a look at our co-founder’s — their expertise runs DEEP!Regarding IOTA, it’s important to note that IoTeX and IOTA are not enemies. Yes, we are both working in the blockchain+IoT space, but we are actually working on different things. IOTA prides itself on enabling feeless M2M payments, while IoTeX is building a network for privacy-preserving, human-centered smart devices. Rather than debate IOTA vs. IoTeX technology, what I will say is that IoTeX in only two years vs. five years for IOTA has done things that IOTA has not:Launched a fully decentralized Mainnet with DPoS staking maintained by 60+ global Delegates, including Blockfolio, CoinGecko, DraperDragon, and moreLaunched REAL IoT products like Ucam, the world’s first private security camera built in partnership with Tenvis and Pebble Tracker, a decentralized asset tracker built in partnership with Nordic Semiconductor.The best part is the software/firmware we built-in to Ucam and Pebble Tracker can now be applied to many other types of hardware — cameras, trackers, wearables, vehicles, and many other IoT devices. We are just getting started!What is the advantage of keeping the IOTX token for a long and short term?Raullen: There has never been a better time to get onboard with IoTeX! Over the past two years, we have pushed aggressively and proved that we are capable of building real technology with real impact on the world. Now that our platform is ready for the world to build on, we are so excited to see what the coming years will bring to IoTeX!In the short-term, IoTeX has an exciting next couple of months planned — we will share new growth-driven tokenomics, exciting partnerships, and major research achievements. We are excited to give you a sneak peek of our upcoming tokenomics announcement in this AMA! To highlight our upgraded tokenomics, the IOTX token will have a unique utility that will bring IoTeX to the next level: 1) stake-for-governance, 2) network transaction fees, 3) stake-for-service (e.g., service providers stake IOTX to service “Powered by IoTeX” devices), and 4) device registrations (e.g., IoT builders stake/burn IOTX to register trusted devices). While 1) and 2) are already active in the IoTeX Network, 3) and 4) will unlock new interactions between service providers, IoT device manufacturers, and users. More details coming soon after Mainnet GA.In the long-term, you can expect even more “Powered by IoTeX” devices to transform the way we interact with our smart devices — finally, we will be in control of our devices and data destinies. The state-of-the-art technology we built-in to Ucam and Pebble Tracker can now be applied to many other types of cameras, trackers, and other IoT devices. One industry we are especially excited to break into is the healthcare-IoT industry, due to the sensitivity of data collected by these devices. Our ultimate goal is to enable interoperability between all devices on the IoTeX Network to power borderless human-machine economies!IoTeX uses a Roll-DPoS consensus mechanism-a variant of Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS). How effective is this new mechanism? Do errors often occur during operation?Our Yellow Paper has all details about Roll-DPoS — this is an efficient–yet-decentralized variant of DPoS which makes IoTeX blockchain able to handle 2K+ Txs per second and at the same time can have many delegates to operate the chain. For now, we have over 70 delegates running the chain, and the top 36 are selected as delegates where 24 out of these 36 are randomly selected to produce blocks. We do have the plan to expand to 48 delegates and eventually hundreds of delegates!You can be compared with Apple in the world of blockchain, you build a blockchain and release a product (Ucam) a private camera. Why did you choose such a business model? Is selling a Ucam camera a separate business?Good question — let’s make one thing clear: IoTeX is NOT a camera company. IoTeX works with camera companies (like Tenvis) where we build our firmware and software into specific hardware. Our first product Ucam is a great example of this — now that we have built the infrastructure to support cameras, now we can apply this framework to almost any other type of camera, whether it is indoor/outdoor/doorbell/dashcam/TV camera, etc.Can you tell us about the security of IoPay mobile/desktop wallet? What are some of the security features incorporated into the wallet to make it highly secure and safe to use?IoPay is our wallet (Andoird, iOS, and Desktop) — it has all the features the modern wallets have — encrypted key file, HD, and support hw wallet like ledger, feel free to download and use it!As we all know every technology gets old one day, and as we approach 5G wireless technology, do you think it will be a threat to project like IOTEX?5G provides connectivity at the physical layer while IoTeX “connects” things at a higher layer through the tech stack. I would rather consider 5G as an enabler for IoT and IoTT as we are focusing on! 5G has high capacity and low latency and is the ideal tech for enabling things to be connected, and once they are connected, they will need identities, need ways to integrate with ppl and other things — here is how IoTeX kicks in to enable and empower IoTT!Are there currently examples of using a DID identification system that is claimed as a component in combination with a blockchain? In what practical cases will we be able to see the use of this technology? What makes a DID system better than what competitors offer?Decentralized Identity (DID) is an important concept for the future of self-sovereignty — in other words, it will allow us to truly own our data, identity, and privacy. IoTeX has worked extensively on DID, but what makes ours unique is that we have DID not only for people but also for devices!In the IoTeX Network, you can think of “users” as both people and machines — as such, all “users” must have an identity that is interoperable with other identities. this is how we will ultimately enable human-to-machine and machine-to-machine interactions and use cases! You can learn more about IoTeX DID via the links below:IoTeX DID SpecOur presentation at IIC Q2 2020 Summit on DIDAs I know IoTeX was invited to join the IEEE. What is the importance of this invitation for IoTeX? Could you please shed more light on this?Yes! IoTeX is an advanced corporate member of the IEEE, which is the world’s largest professional technical organization that develops standards for the entire world. Standards are crucial for many things — for example, the shipping crates you see on boats are all “standardized” to work with any boat/port. The same concept applies to IoT! There are standards for connectivity, hardware, software, etc. that make devices work better with other devices. Unfortunately, there are TOO MANY standards today developed by too many people — blockchain is a great place to normalize various standardsLearn more about our IEEE efforts hereCan you talk about the SWOT analysis of the project? What are your strengths and weaknesses? How do you plan to turn your weaknesses into strengths? Facing the threat of more opportunities? What gives you confidence in the survival and sustainable success of IOTEX?Our biggest strength is that IoTeX has one of the strongest and most technical teams in the entire industry. We are at the forefront of cutting-edge tech in the blockchain space, but we are also equally cutting-edge in the IoT space, including hardware, connectivity, and large-scale architecture. The IoT industry recognizes our potential too — IoTeX was recently selected as the Co-Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Blockchain Group along with Amazon and Huawei. We built our entire blockchain and IoT middleware from scratch and launched several blockchain-powered IoT products in only two years. The best part is we are just getting started — there is so much future potential for IoTeX.The biggest opportunity for IoTeX is the size of the IoT industry and the fact that nobody is doing what we are doing better than us. Many people are focused on DeFi projects right now because they see finance as a huge industry — finance is a multi-trillion dollar industry, but so is IoT! In fact, IoT is growing at a much faster rate than most industries. Today, there are 25 billion IoT devices around the world and there will be >100 billion IoT devices by 2025. We have big goals to power all types of devices in the future and be the decentralized infrastructure to enable the future of privacy and IoT.The global IoT market is valued at more than $1 trillion. What percentage of the IoTeX market will be able to capture in the next 5 years? How strong are you to dominate this market?Nice question — to give some more context on IoT, currently there are ~25 billion smart devices in the world and by 2025 that number will hit ~100 billion. Not only is the number of devices growing rapidly, but also the amount/variety of data these devices can gather is growing. There is a famous McKinsey report that details the IoT will generate anywhere from $4-$11 TRILLION in market value. You may be thinking why such a huge range between the lower/upper bound estimates? McKinsey says that an extra $7 trillion in market value will only be achieved if we achieve true interoperability in the IoT.This is what IoTeX is trying to capture — we are not necessarily trying to fix the problems of the existing IoT, but we are creating a brand new way of thinking about our devices to be privacy-respecting, interoperable, and powered by blockchain. IoTeX will generate huge market value in this rapidly growing sector!Besides Ucam, Tenvis and Pebble Tracker, does Iotex has any plan of introducing more Real IOT products in the future?Yes, we do — something that is coming up will be different form factors of cameras. Ucam is designed for indoor use to ensure nobody has access to the video fees from our homes. But people also need cameras for doorbell cam, outdoor cam, car dashcam, etc.These other form factors of cameras are low hanging fruit for IoTeX — as I mentioned before, now that we have built Ucam, we can apply this framework to almost any other type of camera. And you should know that the camera industry alone is worth $1 trillion (and growing). In the future, one other type of IoT device we look forward to powering is health-related devices. IoTeX really wants to focus on the most sensitive types of data — the data from our homes and our bodies — and other less sensitive types of data will follow. we will be announcing some great initiatives to bootstrap the next wave of “Powered by IoTeX” devices very soon!Kindly explain more on confidential computing and decentralized identity. What roles do they play in IoTeX ecosystemThese are the tech pillars of IoTeX — confidential computing basically means compute over encrypted data which has tremendous uses — make data useful without leaking them at all! DID is another pillar that ensures devices and ppl to enjoy self-sovereign identity/data — you totally own your data! So combine them all, we can realize cool stuff like Ucam! Where your home data is protected while still some AI/ML can be done without leaking your info at all!Confidential Computing and Decentralized Identity are core middleware components of the IoTeX platform! The IoTeX platform utilizes a unique architecture to meet the unique demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) use cases. Our multi-layer architecture combines smart devices, IoT Cloud + decentralized storage, and blockchain. Let me describe each of these layers:Device Layer: IoTeX is all about generating trusted data from trusted devices to enable trusted applications. A critical piece of this is the device layer. To trust a device, it must have a verifiable identity and its actions must be verifiable by others, which is exactly what IoTeX enables by combining secure hardware and blockchain, two tamper-proof technologies.Storage Layer: IoT devices generate a lot of data, and not all of that can be stored on the blockchain due to cost/scalability reasons. But today, more and more data validation and processing is performed “on the edge” or on the device itself, reducing the need to store large amounts of unfiltered data on servers. A scalable and flexible approach is to store/index pre-processed data on the IoT Cloud (e.g., AWS) or decentralized storage (e.g., IPFS, Sia) and “hash” them to the blockchain, which provides timestamped verifiability and data provenance. When needed, this data can be written to the blockchain for use in smart contractsBlockchain Layer: the root of trust for the entire IoTeX Network. Our blockchain is open source and one of the fastest in the entire industry — not only does it enable standard P2P transactions and smart contracts, but it is also used to register device identities and “hash” data (stored on Cloud/decentralized storage) to the blockchain.The combination of these three layers provides great flexibility for developers and builders. For more information, please see our Blockchain & IoT Reference Architecture (http://iotex.io/reference-architecture).Which application possibilities will IoTeX develop in the near future? And what will be possible with IoTeX’s blockchain when your vision is complete?Over the past year, we have made many improvements to our blockchain. Just now, we launched the full production version of the IoTeX Mainnet, which is called Mainnet GA. The most important part of Mainnet GA is that we will establish full independence from Ethereum and become a native blockchain. All ERC20 tokens will be swapped to IOTX coins, and all staking/voting activities will be migrated from Ethereum to IoTeX. This is a big moment for IoTeX as we will be our own network with no reliance on anyone else, exciting! You can see our open-source code on our GithubOther blockchain-related things we have done over the past year is reduce block time by 50% (2x as fast) and also making several security enhancements to the blockchain. We also launched many new dev tools that make it easy to build on IoTeX (see https://docs.iotex.io). But Mainnet GA is not just about technology — we have been announcing new tokenomics, governance, and other items all throughout this month. You can see the full list of past/planned announcements in our IoTeX Forum thread: Official Mainnet GA AnnouncementsBlockchain + IoT + privacy is a fairly NEW market, but there are rivals aiming for the same use case. How is IoTeX better than them?There are many people working on the intersection of Blockchain+IoT and Blockchain+Privacy, but the intersection of Blockchain+IoT+Privacy is quite complex — IoTeX makes it easy. Our team is uniquely positioned to not only take first-mover advantage in this budding industry but also to be the long-term market leader given our extensive technical knowledge in all three areas.Most importantly, I have not seen anyone actually producing real products as IoTeX has done. Personally, I don’t care about what is in the white paper — anyone can tell a great story, but the proof of real products matters a lot. Only two years after IoTeX launched our first code release in April 2018, we already have several types of devices that are powered by our platform, not just prototypes or proofs of concept. I can list many of my opinions regarding what differentiates IoTeX from our competitors — our team, cutting-edge research, the pace of development, etc. — but the real thing that matters is we are the only ones building real stuff.Can you explain a little bit more about the use cases of the IOTX token?We shared a bit of this earlier, but we are going to announce updated tokenomics for IoTeX in the coming weeks, which comprises:Gas fees (i.e., transactions/contracts on the IoTeX Network)Stake-for-Governance (i.e., vote for Delegates to run consensus)Stake-for-Service (i.e., providers stake to service users/devices)Device Registrations (i.e., stake/burn to register trusted devices)IOTX will be the fuel for trusted devices and trusted data!What is the difference between Pebble Tracker and AvoBoard hardware, what advantages does one have over the other and what languages do they handle?IoT devices are actually not so different once you break them down — they all have sensors, wireless modules, battery/power, and come CPU. However, the types of components and types of sensors that devices have differ based on their purpose.Pebble Tracker is meant for asset tracking, while AvoBoard is an IoT gateway that connects to other low-power devices. Both will be powered by IoTeX and bring trusted data to the IoTeX ecosystem!Security and privacy for every user is very important. How can IoTeX maintain its security and protect every individual user from the malicious software trying to invade their data privacy?This is a great question — the simple answer is we must own our data. Many of the things that happen to our data/devices today are due to the fact that they are controlled by centralized parties like tech giants. By owning our data, we can choose whether to keep our data fully private, share it with others, or authorize its use to service providers. But it all starts with control of our data by default.IoTeX is already creating the very first devices that enable us to own our data, identity, and privacy like Ucam. With Ucam, you are in full control and you are the only one with access to your data — not IoTeX, not Tenvis, not anyone!IoTeX uses a Roll-DPoS consensus mechanism-a variant of Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS). How effective is this new mechanism? Do errors often occur during operation?Delegated Proof-of-Stake (DPoS) is an efficient, decentralized, and flexible consensus framework available in the blockchain industry. However, applying DPoS to decentralized IoT applications is quite challenging due to the nature of IoT systems such as large-scale deployments and a huge amount of data. To address the unique challenge for IoT based blockchain applications, IoTeX created our in-house consensus mechanism Roll-DPoS, a randomized delegated proof of stake algorithm. Roll-DPoS inherits all the advantages of the original DPoS consensus framework and further enhances decentralization as well as extensibility to support complex blockchain architectures. A number of modern cryptographic techniques have been utilized to optimize the consensus process with respect to the computational and communication overhead.Read our Roll-DPoS yellow paper hereI know IoTeX has real products and it’s a unique project compared to others. What real-life problems will IoTeX solve and how people will benefit from it?Good question — the problem that IoTeX is trying to solve is today we the people have no control of our data or devices. Just think about all of the times you say something and an ad pops up in your newsfeed. This is not only creepy but indicative of the fact that tech giants know literally everything about us. While you may not care about privacy for your digital apps, when it comes to our physical devices, the stakes are much higher. It’s not just your Spotify history, it’s video camera footage on when you leave your house every morning. It’s not the keys to your email, it’s the keys to your smart lock/home. There are so many risks with this centralized IoT that we must be aware of — luckily IoTeX not only built the technology to solve these issues but also understands the issues deeply. We wrote a great 10+ page report on the current state of privacy in our smart homes called “When Privacy Hits Home”, check it out here.Announcing the AMA WinnersPre-AMA Twitter Campaign: 15 Winners to split $300 IOTX{Twitter username}@LeeLuong007, @JayRayCrypt, @MagnatSV, @DurdenMagnat, @Sobuj301, @AlbaCaner, @TSG_Crypt, @Gladushka_Tanya, @LUONGHANHPHUC1, @Elias48713662, @Nafisiq03542983, @Elbert64254029, @TruongT33820523, @Soner62998541, @RakeshS67706314⚠️Please PM our Community Manager Alina on Twitter to provide your IoTeX wallet addressSegment 2 — Quiz: All of the participants split $1,600 IOTX based on their score:If your score was 5/5 — 647 IOTXIf your score was 4/5 — 517 IOTXIf your score was 3/5 — 388 IOTXIf your score was 2/5 — 258 IOTXIf your score was 1/5 — 129 IOTXThe list of winners for Segment 2 can be found here.Segment 3 — Selected Questions: 20 Winners to split $600 IOTX@GABRIEL_Fr, @uatmoon, @Boylut, @ashwini_Crypto, @CryptoDenis, @NO4M3, @thebeast09, @Mike_C02, @Kambeing, @CryptoDurden, @Adsus4, @endtimeprophet, @Hendrasico, @DtKross, @Nickkiii, @Sunstrike1, @Jejelane, @Francois_R02, @Isabella_salazar, @albertoguarico⚠️Please PM our Community Manager Alina on Telegram to provide your IoTeX wallet addressAll of the rewards will be sent to your IoTeX wallet in native IOTX by June 10.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX & Binance AMA Summary — June 2, 2020 was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

IOTeX

20. 06. 04

IoTeX Halo Grants Program —...

This is Part 3 of IoTeX’s Mainnet GA announcements. Throughout May 2020, we will share other components of Mainnet GA, including new tokenomics, governance, and technology. For more on Mainnet GA, visit the IoTeX Forum.Welcome to Halo!With the upcoming launch of Mainnet GA, the IoTeX platform will be more performant and developer-friendly than ever. The past two years of focused development have all led to this exciting milestone — we are now ready to welcome the world to build the Internet of Trusted Things on IoTeX.To fuel community development and contributions, we are proud to launch Halo, the official grants program for the IoTeX Network. Halo is targeted at developers interested in building IoT and privacy-related projects on the IoTeX platform, as well as ecosystem builders that want to expand the capabilities and reach of IoTeX. Halo will pave the way for new trusted devices/applications and fuel the next generation of IoTeX — join us!IoTeX Halo - iotexHow the Halo Program WorksThe Halo Program provides funding and technical support to empower projects that benefit the IoTeX ecosystem. For now, the IoTeX Foundation will serve as the Halo Committee to manage grants. In the future, community leaders, project advisors, and external parties may be invited to diversify and join the Halo Committee. At a high level, there are two types of Halo grants that the IoTeX community can apply for: open-ended proposals (OEP) & requests for proposals (RFP).Open-ended Proposals (OEP)Interested in building a new project on IoTeX? Pitch us your idea! With Halo, you can drive your OEP to completion with funding and hands-on technical support from the IoTeX Foundation. At a minimum, approved OEPs will receive a grant of ≥1.2 million IOTX, which will allow them to become a Delegate and help maintain the IoTeX Network. The IoTeX community will be able to support OEP projects by voting for the Delegate and/or donating directly IOTX to the project. For OEPs, the IoTeX Foundation will work closely to provide technical guidance and consulting to bring the project to life!Request for Proposals (RFP)Claim projects from a “wishlist” that have a defined scope of work and funding limit. Applicants will complete an RFP detailing their team and plans to complete the project (e.g., timeline, deliverables, budget). Although technical support can be provided by request, those submitting an RFP should have prior experience building similar projects. Based on the size/complexity of the project, grant funding may be delivered in incremental payments after specific milestones are met or in-full after completion of the project. In some instances, multiple teams may work on the same RFP.How to Apply for a Halo GrantHalo is not only meant for technical developers — it is also meant for non-technical community members that want to launch formal programs or tools to spread the word about IoTeX! By simultaneously fueling the development of new IoTeX technologies and driving global engagement, Halo will propel the IoTeX Network to the next level. Here are some sample proposal ideas below, but don’t limit yourself — we want to see your creativity!Technical: new devices/Dapps, extensions for “Powered by IoTeX” products (e.g., Ucam, Pebble), developer tools (e.g., IDE, SDK), ecosystem tools (e.g., wallets, explorer, DEX), and decentralized productsNon-technical: educational materials (e.g., programs, videos), international marketing (e.g., campaigns, local meetups), and community tools/programs to drive community discussion and engagementFor more information on grant requirements, eligibility, and the application process, please see the Halo Program Github.iotexproject/halograntsWhat’s Next?The first batch of Halo grants will be issued after Mainnet GA and we are committed to continuously improving the Halo Program over time. This program is designed for you, the community, and we cannot wait to see what you will build!For more information, please see the official Halo Website and Halo Github. Also stay tuned to the official Mainnet GA forum thread for new updates!Developer Resources- Github Repos: https://github.com/iotexproject- Documentation: https://docs.iotex.io/- Codelabs: http://codelabs.iotex.io/- Dev Forum: https://community.iotex.io/c/research-development/7- Dev Chat: https://t.me/IoTeXDevAbout IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Halo Grants Program — Fueling the Internet of Trusted Things was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 05. 30

Ucam App Preview & Pre-Orde...

What a journey it has been to launch Ucam, the first absolutely private home security camera powered by IoTeX. Throughout this journey, we often asked ourselves “how do we make people care about privacy?” This quote from USV Founder, Fred Wilson, encapsulates the IoTeX philosophy:“People do care about privacy, but the sacrifices we make for privacy must come at a low enough cost that we will make them.” — Fred WilsonEven the most technologically sophisticated products are worthless if users cannot use them. Over the past few months, IoTeX has invested heavily in market research, internal testing, and beta testing with real end users to ensure Ucam has an outstanding user experience. In this blog, we share the fruits of our labor, including a preview of the Ucam App and some early feedback from beta testers.Ucam App on the Apple App StoreUcam App PreviewWho says blockchain-based products can’t be functional? Ucam does not just match the UI/UX of other traditional home cameras, it exceeds it! With flexible camera controls at your fingertips and customizable device/user settings, you can tailor Ucam for your new private lifestyle.▶️ Check out the Ucam App preview video below:https://medium.com/media/ae354f20bf9f433da3d1fa3ecf7b8ee5/hrefUcam Beta Tester FeedbackOver the past couple months, IoTeX hosted two product demo & beta testing programs with local pre-order customers and beta testers. Their feedback has been incredibly valuable to improve Ucam functionality and usability. Let’s check out what some of them think about Ucam! For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, sign up to be a beta tester here.“It’s a beautiful, sleek design and the mobile app seems so intuitive. I’ve installed dozens of Nest cameras at my workplace and at home and the process the Ucam team walked me through was simpler than Googles! Impressive. Plus I don’t have to worry about a giant company spying on me? Sign me up.” — Nathan, IoTeX Delegate (Consensus Networks) from Indiana“I have a smart garage and a smart lock and I do worry about whether my data is protected, and whether someone else can maliciously gain access to my devices. With Ucam, I can finally see a future where I don’t have to compromise. I really can have my cake [data] and eat it too.” — Sarah, Mother of 3 from California“Based on a test I did with the Ucam team, I found the application to be beautiful and the setup process to be extremely simple. I’m looking forward to getting Ucam set up in my home!” — Erik, IT Admin from Mississippi“Honestly, the fact that there is no email/password login is a complete game changer. I almost don’t care about anything else.” — Shaun, Software Engineer from CaliforniaWe also received lots of constructive feedback on things we could improve, which we have used to make Ucam even better.“It’s a new product. So there are going to be bugs and everything won’t be perfect. But I have to say, it was really cool that the Ucam team took the time to walk through their mobile app with me and get my feedback.” — Denise, Ucam Beta Tester from Silicon ValleyPre-order Shipping UpdateDue to COVID-19, carrier services around the world were affected and experienced delays for international shipping. Unfortunately, it took longer than expected to transport Ucams from our manufacturer to our Silicon Valley HQ. But we have great news — we have received the first lot of Ucams and they will be shipped starting the week of May 4th!Under these unique circumstances, we appreciate your patience and can’t wait to hear your feedback on Ucam. Pre-orderers will receive a notification via email once their Ucam is shipped. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at support@getucam.com.About IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditUcam App Preview & Pre-Order Shipping Update was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 05. 30

IoTeX Project Updates №24 {...

IoTeX Project Updates №24 {April 8 — May 10, 2020}Greetings our dear supporters! We are back with the Project Update Report. As always, it’s busy times at IoTeX as we have shipped out the first batch of Ucam’s, preparing for launching it on Amazon in May/June, released a new community grants initiative, announced partnerships, and made a lot of tech progress. Find out more about what we have been up to in this report!Tech & DevelopmentIoTeX Halo Program — Community Grants to Fuel the Internet of Trusted ThingsHalo — the official grants program for the IoTeX Network! With the upcoming launch of Mainnet GA, the IoTeX platform is more performant and developer-friendly than ever — we are now ready to welcome the world to build the Internet of Trusted Things on IoTeX. Full details on HaloRedesigning Trust: Blockchain for Supply ChainsOver the past year, IoTeX worked with the World Economic Forum and 100+ organizations to develop a toolkit for the responsible deployment of blockchain in supply chains. We look forward to supporting the continuous development of this toolkit to transform the global supply chain industry. Find out more about the Toolkit LaunchIoTeX joins Amazon and Huawei as the new Co-chairs of the Blockchain Task Group of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)The IIC consists of 300+ leading technology organizations. IoTeX has contributed to the IIC since 2018, and this appointment as Blockchain Co-chair marks a major step forward in our enterprise efforts. Let’s show them what blockchain is all about! Full details in our blogUcam — May UpdateWho says blockchain-based products can’t be functional? Ucam delivers privacy AND an amazing user experience — see for yourself in our new Ucam App preview video. Full details in our blogMainnet GA Native Staking v2IoTeX is kicking off a month of Mainnet GA announcements with Native Staking v2 (nsv2) — a new scalable, secure, and flexible design! Our new transaction-based design will make staking and voting with native $IOTX cheaper, faster, and easier than ever. Read the full detailsHermes 2.0 is Officially LIVE and Open SourceIoTeX is proud to launch Hermes 2.0, an automated and trusted rewards distribution system developed by the IoTeX Foundation (core-dev) for IoTeX Delegates and voters! Learn moreDev &Tech SummaryIoTeX is once again in the Top 25 most active crypto projects by Flipside Crypto, which shows just how hard the IoTeX Core Team (core-dev) has been working. In the past few weeks, the core-dev has been focusing primarily on rolling out Mainnet v0.11, preparing the release of Mainnet v0.12, Ucam Beta Testing, and other ongoing initiatives. Read the full reportAttention Hardware usersAs we shared in our Mainnet GA Migration Plan last month, we will be migrating all stake/votes on Ethereum to IoTeX as part of Mainnet GA. If you stake using a hardware wallet (e.g., Ledger, Trezor), you may require special handling to complete your migration. We have created a new thread outlining your specific options + instructions.IoTeX In the Media“Tech Titan Patents Mean We Have To Get Serious About Data Privacy” — IBTCommunity Initiatives & CampaignsIPFS Pinning SummitIoTeX Co-founder Raullen shared how IoTeX + IPFS are enabling decentralized privacy and user data ownership with Ucam.https://ipfspinningsummit.com/AMA w/Founders — May 13IoTeX Anniversary Meme CampaignExactly one year ago, IoTeX Mainnet Alpha was launched, and to celebrate this, we are launching a new campaign for our community! Create an original meme that is fun and IoTeX related. Detailed instructions🎁 Over 200,000 IOTX in prizes⏳ April 23, 12 AM PST — May 8, 2 AM PST“When Privacy Hits Home” — a special report by IoTeXSmart devices like Amazon Ring & Google Nest are watching and listening to us in our homes 24/7 — with unprecedented access to our homes and data, Big Tech has plans to control more of our daily lives and eliminate ‘privacy at home’ as we know it. IoTeX explores the current and future impacts of ‘when privacy hits home’ in this must-read report! Download the report today“How to Protect Your Smart Home in 2020” — a webinar by IoTeX, NKN, and OwnYourData FoundationIn this webinar, we explained the inner workings of today’s smart homes (e.g., devices, data, connectivity) and common vulnerabilities. We also shared how emerging tech like blockchain and secure hardware will power your future smart home. Watch the full webinar on-demand nowLivestream AMA w/Founders from April 9, 2020Summary of the Livestream AMA is now published on our forum & the video is available for those who missed the livestream!“Not all encryption is created equal”This is why Ucam and future “Powered by IoTeX” devices are so revolutionary. True end-to-end encryption guaranteed by blockchain will secure our future and make us captains of our own data destiny. Learn more in our blog postIoTeX NewsSubscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the weekly project updates & other cool videos from us and our community!Here’s our latest episode: https://youtu.be/x6KgjDktskEDon’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with our latest updates!If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Partner, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Delegate, please complete this form.If you are interested in becoming an IoTeX Brand Ambassador, please read this blog & complete the form.About IoTeXFounded as an open-source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, where all physical and virtual “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can exchange information and value at a global scale.Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and decentralized identity to empower intelligent IoT networks and machine economies. By serving as a decentralized trust fabric for IoT, IoTeX will empower the future decentralized world by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Homepage | Twitter | Telegram ANN | Telegram GroupYoutube | Medium | Reddit | Join usIoTeX Project Updates №24 {April 8 — May 10, 2020} was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 05. 30

The IoTeX Platform — Optimi...

The IoTeX Platform — Optimized for the Internet of Trusted ThingsThis is Part 5 of IoTeX’s Mainnet GA announcements. Throughout May 2020, we will share other components of Mainnet GA, including new tokenomics, governance, and technology. For more on Mainnet GA, visit the IoTeX Forum.IoTeX Platform: New & Improved for Mainnet GASince IoTeX began in 2017, our mission has been to empower the Internet of Trusted Things — an open ecosystem where all humans and machines can interact with guaranteed trust, free will, and privacy. Over the past 2+ years, the IoTeX platform was built from scratch with our mission in mind. What started as a few lines of code has now blossomed into one of the most secure, performant, and decentralized platforms in the world.IoTeX is more than just a blockchain — it is a full technology stack comprised of blockchain, IoT middleware, and developer tools to empower trusted data and trusted devices for trusted applications. We apply our first-hand experience building end-to-end IoT solutions like Ucam & Pebble Tracker to inform the new+improved design of the IoTeX platform. We are now ready to welcome the world to build the Internet of Trusted Things on IoTeX!In this article, we explain the different layers of the IoTeX platform, as well as the guiding principles that informed its design.The IoTeX Platform, ExplainedThe IoTeX platform employs a unique, modular architecture to meet the unique requirements of IoT-related use cases. At its core, the IoTeX platform seeks to enable trusted data and trusted devices, meaning developers do not need to replicate this complex work. Instead, developers can focus on building business logic, economics, and industry-specific components to differentiate their applications and services. Let’s walk through how IoTeX enables trusted data and trusted devices, layer-by-layer.The IoTeX PlatformBlockchain InfrastructureIoTeX has built one of the fastest and most secure blockchains in the entire industry, currently managed by 60+ decentralized Delegates and powered by our in-house Roll-DPoS consensus mechanism. The IoTeX blockchain protocol is open-source, built from scratch, and tailor fit to support large-scale IoT scenarios. Over the past months, we have made significant improvements to our blockchain, including cutting block time from 10 seconds to a lightning-fast 5-second block time with instant finality.With Mainnet GA, the IoTeX blockchain will officially establish independence from Ethereum and incorporate a new native staking mechanism (nsv2). These are massive milestones for IoTeX — our network will now be fully independent and powered by native IOTX coins. As blockchain is the root of trust for the entire IoTeX Network, we are confident our state-of-the-art blockchain is ready for the masses. In later sections, we detail specific design consideration for our current and future blockchain design.IoT Middleware for Trusted Devices and User-Owned DataIoT-Oriented MiddlewareIoTeX not only excels in blockchain, but also in core middleware components that we have fine-tuned for IoT. What truly differentiates IoTeX from other platforms is our focus on middleware that enables trusted devices and user-owned dataDecentralized Identity (DID): IoTeX’s decentralized identity framework enables devices to register an identity to the blockchain — to discover and be discovered — and also own its own data. “Self-sovereignty” for people (e.g., Sovrin, uPort) is common, but extending this concept and granting identities to devices opens the door to new human-machine and machine-machine use cases. Not all DIDs are created equal — IoTeX’s DID spec is advanced for both people and devices and is evolving at an exciting pace.Decentralized Storage: All of that IoT data … where does it all go? IoTeX offers flexible storage options via Cloud or decentralized storage, where data is “hashed” to the blockchain for verifiability and data provenance. IoTeX enforces protections for data at-rest and in-transit, and we are working closely with the IPFS team on decentralized encrypted storage for Ucam, which can be extended to other “Powered by IoTeX” devices in the future. See IoTeX’s Keynote at the IPFS Summit for more details.Confidential Computing: Once we own our data, the final step is to build applications where we can utilize our data while maintaining full privacy. By leveraging secure hardware, IoTeX enables privacy-preserving computations over encrypted data to unlock the future of user-centric applications. “Don’t bring the data to the code, bring the code to the data”.IoTeX Ecosystem PartnersDeveloper Tools & APIsAnother major focus for IoTeX in the past months and surely in the future is to make developing on IoTeX intuitive, efficient, and fun for both developers and companies. We have been fortunate to collaborate with IoT standards organizations (e.g., IIC, IEEE), enterprises (e.g., Nordic Semiconductor, Tenvis), and open source technologies (e.g., IPFS, ThingsBoard) to make all of the blockchain infrastructure and middleware accessible and usable by developers of all skill levels. We can’t wait to see what you will build!IoT Edge Oracle: in-house data oracle to port real world data from registered devices to the blockchain for use in smart contracts with end-to-end trust (whitepaper coming soon).IoT Data Dashboards: integration with ThingsBoard, a powerful open source data visualization tool to create your own IoT dashboards. Expect to see beautiful dashboards for IoTeX devices like Pebble Tracker very soon!Smart Contract Tools: new and improved IoTeX command-line tool (ioctl) with smart contract deployment capabilities, and planned integrations with smart contract tools like Truffle.IoTeX Blockchain — Guiding Principles for Design1) Multi-Purpose & Modular BlockchainIoTeX is fortunate to regularly discuss all types of privacy and IoT-related use cases with everyone from small developer teams to large enterprises to institutional consortiums. The common denominator is everyone wants access to robust, out-of-the-box core offerings with a high degree of flexibility and customization — a multi-purpose and modular platform. As we shared in our recent Pantheon announcement, IoTeX now offers permissioned and permission-less implementations of the IoTeX protocol, but our future goals as a multi-purpose platform extend much further.Over two thousand years ago, Aristotle defined a first principle as “the first basis from which a thing is known.” The same applies to IoTeX — through exploring first principles, we have defined the essentials and basic elements of a blockchain system. Turns out we can categorize what almost all blockchains do in a set of modules, as detailed in the following diagram.High-Level Structure of a BlockchainLet’s walk through the high-level structure: the Communication module pulls messages (e.g., transactions) from the P2P network and passes the raw materials to Indexers and Validators, who work closely to ingest the information in a trustworthy and reliable way — think of them as data processors, which can be cascaded to form a data pipeline. To bring it full circle, the Minter module creates new blocks based on indexers’ trusted output, while APIs wrap the data from indexers to serve various Dapps.This highly abstracted view is useful when designing a blockchain. For example, for our public blockchain, the minter implements Roll-DPoS while the validator works based on the states of accounts and blocks. For our consortium blockchain that requires a permissioned environment, the validator will leverage certificate authorities (CA) and certs information while minter may implement various consensus schemes such as Kafka or Raft. It’s worth noting that these components can be eliminated depending on the application. For a blockchain node that only serves applications, the minter and indexers/validators can be eliminated. For a Delegate node that doesn’t serve applications, the APIs may be eliminated. Fit for purpose and modular!2) The Open/Closed PrincipleIn object-oriented programming, the open/closed principle is well-known and states “software entities (classes, modules, functions) should be open for extension, but closed for modification”. In other words, an entity can allow its behavior to be extended without modifying its source code.After identifying the essential components of blockchain at the most abstract level, we began detailed design on each individual and collective component in our own IoTeX way, following the open/closed principle. The result is this beautiful architectural design, which will be instantiated for the first time as part of Mainnet GA v1.0.Object-Oriented Perspective of the IoTeX BlockchainBlockchain is an amazing tool to orchestrate other objects while maintaining accounts and private keys in a secure fashion. The IoTeX blockchain has three important objects: BlockDao, BlockValidator, and BlockMinter. (note: in Object Oriented Programming, there are two common relationships between objects: “Is-A” and “Has-A” relationships).BlockDao, which is an instance of BlockIndexer (think it as a data processor), ingests blocks as the “source-of-truth” and outputs account information. StateFactory, which is also an instance of BlockIndexer, ingests account information and outputs more specific states, such as merkle trees of an account or linked list of balances. We can even hook up other instances of BlockIndexer to BlockDao or StateFactory as needed, to transmit various information to APIs and ultimately applications. For example, to power the IoTeX voting website and Explorer we have plugged in several APUs (action processing units, which are all instances of BlockIndexer) to scrape information from the blockchain, such as total supply, votes, and rewards.In parallel, StateFactory may also act as an instance of BlockMinter and BlockValidator, which we did not detail for simplicity’s sake. In Pantheon, we plan to implement different Validator/Minters to adapt to unique enterprise setups and support Layer 2 activities. In the future, a Minter and Validator may ingest information from two public blockchains and produce a block to facilitate cross-chain transaction!What’s Next?The IoTeX platform has reached another critical milestone — fully independent, optimized for IoT, more performant than ever, and re-architected for modularity and developer-friendliness. But the work never stops! It is our goal over the coming years to work directly with builders in an iterative fashion to improve our platform and support a broader and deeper set of applications. With our Mainnet v1.0 already supporting first-of-its-kind devices like Ucam & Pebble Tracker, the future is bright and IoTeX is just getting started.“Be Radically Open-Minded” — Ray DalioThis is one of the most important principles from Ray Dalio, which emphasizes that open-mindedness and radical transparency are invaluable for rapid growth and effective change. The IoTeX team practices this principle every day, and we are open to all feedback and suggestions from developers. Together, we can turn our vision for the Internet of Trusted Things into reality.For more information, please see the official Mainnet GA forum thread.About IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditThe IoTeX Platform — Optimized for the Internet of Trusted Things was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 05. 30

IoTeX Publishes IEEE Report...

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.IoTeX was invited to join the IEEE as a technical contributor and Advanced Corporate Member alongside the world’s premier institutions to contribute to the development of technical standards related to blockchain, IoT, and privacy. Our primary efforts will be focused on IEEE P2418: Standard for the Framework of Blockchain Use in Internet of Things (IoT). Earlier this year, IoTeX also participated in the IEEE Global Blockchain Summit alongside leaders in government, academia, and industry.The development of industry-wide standards is crucial to the advancement of new technological capabilities. IoTeX’s Head of Cryptography, Dr. Xinxin Fan, currently drives several research efforts for IoTeX, as well as the broader hardware and cryptography industries. Recently, Dr. Fan joined professors and researchers from around the world as a core author of two IEEE research papers on innovations in blockchain & IoT:Decentralized Framework for Data Authenticity Protection in IoT SystemsSupporting Blockchain-Based Cryptocurrency Mobile Payments With Smart DevicesThe technical concepts outlined in this new research underpin core parts of IoTeX’s technical vision. Firstly, new ways for IoT systems to authenticate and protect data using a two-layer decentralized infrastructure are described, which explain IoTeX’s design decisions for a blockchains-in-blockchain architecture. Second, the ability for smart devices to effectively pay and be paid is explained in the context of an innovative cryptocurrency-based mobile payment processing network.For more details, please see the official IEEE digital libraries below — documents are available to IEEE members.Decentralized Framework for Data Authenticity Protection in IoT SystemsIt is predicted that more than 20 billion IoT devices will be deployed worldwide by 2020. These devices form the critical infrastructure to support a variety of important applications, such as smart city, smart grid, and industrial IoT. To guarantee that these applications work properly, it is imperative to authenticate these devices, as well as the data generated by them. Although digital signatures can be applied for these purposes, the scale of the overall system and the limited computation capability of IoT devices pose two big challenges. In order to overcome these obstacles, this paper proposes a novel decentralized ledger-based authentication framework for IoT devices. The framework utilizes a two-layer decentralized ledger architecture together with a lightweight data authentication mechanism to facilitate IoT devices and data management. This work has been published in IEEE Network.Supporting Blockchain-Based Cryptocurrency Mobile Payment With Smart DevicesThe ownership of smart devices is higher than ever before and mobile payments have become one of the major payment methods in many different disciplines. As a result, there is a natural demand to support cryptocurrency payments on smart devices. Considering the poor infrastructure and low penetration of financial services in developing countries, this combination has high potential impact. This paper proposed two different schemes for cryptocurrency mobile payments, one involving a centralized bank and the other not requiring any centralized party. This paper also provides a solution to meet KYC (know your customer) and AML (anti-money laundering) compliance requirements in the context of cryptocurrency mobile payment processing. This work has been published in IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine.About IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Publishes IEEE Reports on Blockchain & IoT was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 05. 30

IoTeX Mainnet GA Announcements

In 2019, IoTeX launched Mainnet Alpha & Beta, which served as incremental steps toward our biggest milestone yet: Mainnet General Availability (GA). Mainnet GA is more than just a code release — it comprises new governance, tokenomics, technology, and independence for the IoTeX Network. Welcome to the next era of IoTeX!Throughout April & May, we will be announcing various components of Mainnet GA, based on the following schedule. Stay tuned to our Twitter and Telegram for more official announcements!Wave 1: GovernanceHermes 2.0: open source rewards distribution system for Delegates and voters — Announcement (Apr 23) & Forum Thread & Hermes WebsiteNative Staking v2: a new secure, scalable, and flexible native staking mechanism — Announcement (Apr 27) & Forum ThreadWave 2: DevelopersIoTeX Halo Program: grants from the IoTeX Foundation for blockchain/IoT devs and ecosystem builders — Announcement (May 8) & Website & Apply on GithubWave 3: TechnologyIoTeX Pantheon: enterprise-ready consortium blockchain for IoT — Announcement (May 13)The IoTeX Platform: more decentralized, developer-friendly, and performant than ever — Announcement (May 21)Wave 4: Independence Day: June 1, 2020Native Blockchain: migrate all ETH stakes/votes to IoTeX MainnetNative IOTX: ongoing swap for IOTX-E (ERC20) to Native IOTXSee the official Migration Plan thread for more detailsWave 5: TokenomicsEcosystem: official plans for Ecosystem funds, including tokenomics regarding “Powered by IoTeX” devices (e.g., Ucam)IoTeX Mainnet GA Announcements was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 05. 30

The Smart Home of Tomorrow

This is Part II of our “How to Protect Your Smart Home in 2020” Mini-Series by IoTeX & NKN. For Part I, please see our “Your Private Smart Home” webinar.Smart homes today contain many different types of devices made by multiple manufacturers. However, the ecosystem is extremely siloed. You have solutions from August, Google Nest and ring that have their own vertically integrated tech stacks. Starting from the devices, data is passed to the gateway, which is then sent to the cloud and finally to the application for processing. Using the August door lock as an example, the data being passed along this vertical tech stack is sensitive security credentials that will be used to tell the lock to either lock or unlock the door. Even the metadata from these devices can be valuable in understanding behavior, usage and more. That is why many of these large tech giants have an incentive to own your smart home data. The consequence of this, is that tech giants have made these tech stacks inoperable across platforms. In doing so, they are keeping the data within their own walled garden.The future looks much brighter. First of all, interoperability between these vertical tech stacks can be eliminated. We can create interoperable devices and gateways that use new IoT standards that are able to communicate with each other. We can have cloud environments that communicate without costly operations. We can even have applications that can share data with each other, eliminating the need to have so many apps on our smartphones to see and control our smart homes. Perhaps the most important part of this future is that data ownership does not reside with the corporations and will be a more human centered ecosystem where we own our data and can offer it to applications on an opt-in basis. Next, let’s take a look at some of the technologies that can make this future happen.The first technology is Blockchain. If you think of blockchain as a trusted foundation rather than a computation or storage platform, it comes with many important benefits. The first of which is security. Blockchain is a distributed architecture which means it is highly resilient to attack. Next, Blockchain is interoperable. Instead of being vertically integrated, it is horizontally scalable. Third, it is Decentralized. It uses an open and neutral infrastructure that anyone can access and anyone can build on. Next, it’s programmable. Blockchain enables smart contracts which are trusted, automated transactions between peers. The last piece is continuity. Because Blockchain is decentralized and distributed, it’s a “never down” network with no single point of failure. For instance, you might have an IoT device from a manufacturer that no longer exists. Those IoT devices are no longer serviceable because the tech stacks that they operate in have been taken down. If we move these tech stacks to a decentralized blockchain, they could live even past where the manufacturer decided to shudder their doors. It’s important to understand that blockchain is not going to be the silver bullet that will solve everything. It is not the Panacea, but it’s a great foundation to layer on additional technologies that have built in trust and privacy as a priority.One of the technologies that is important to layer on top of blockchain is secure hardware. It’s especially important when we talk about our smart home. Secure hardware is basically a special type of chip that is built into many types of devices today. The chip is called the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and it separates normal applications from applications that require full trust. You can have a “secure world” and “normal world” that can pass data between each other while isolating certain software and hardware processes. This guarantees the integrity and confidentiality of all data and processes executed within this special chip. While this may sound like science fiction, the truth is that secure hardware is everywhere and you use it almost every day. Even the chips in our iPhones that manage our biometrics, for example our fingerprints and face IDs, use this technology. The reason why we trust our phones to do that is because all this very sensitive information is processed within this very secure, isolated, hardware element. The chips on your credit card are also a form of secure hardware that protect the spending credentials. For those in the crypto space, hardware wallets such as Ledger Nano S offer secure hardware to help protect your private keys.All of these secure hardware devices are active today. Unfortunately, they are closed and proprietary which does not allow us as users or developers to gain access and run new processes within them. We would like the ability to self define what we deem to be valuable as data and process that data within these secure elements. An open, programmable, and affordable secure ecosystem is coming. Secure hardware is created by some of the largest semiconductor companies in the world such as ARM, AMD, Intel, and NXP. In fact, while Moore’s law, which describes how devices get twice as fast every year, is beginning to hit its theoretical limit in terms of performance, we are now seeing devices getting twice as cheap every year. We will start to see these more advanced and expensive chips make their way into normal devices including those in your smart home. One piece of advice though, just like you read the nutrition facts for different types of foods that you put into your body you should also evaluate what types of devices you are putting into your homes.The next enabling technology is Decentralized Identity. Decentralized Identity or DID is basically a way to issue identities and enable interoperability and data ownership for individual people, devices, and businesses. Today if you think about the schematic of your smart home, many of these devices do not have identities which means they cannot discover or be discovered by other devices. This makes them non-interoperable and many of the problems with non-interoperability in the IoT ecosystem is due to the lack of standardized identities.If we take a look at the history of identity in the digital world, we start with centralized identity. In this case, you register once, and you are trusted by that one entity. This is very common today, and happens every time you go to a new website and it asks you to create a new username and password. The service provider will establish and maintain your identity. It’s important to note that because the service provider created your identity, they also have the ability to take it away. For example, if you are found to break the rules on Twitter, they can not only disable your account, but can give your old handle to someone else. Essentially giving your identity away to another user.Another instance is called Federated Identity, where you register one identity and it is trusted by many entities. Service providers essentially trust the identities that have been established by other identity providers. For example, any time you go to a new website and it offers to log you in with Google or Facebook, this is using federated identity. However, similar to centralized identities, these identities can also be taken away. If you think about all the websites in which you use your Gmail email address to login, and Google decides to remove your account, you would also lose your identity on those sites.The future is Decentralized Identity. In this case, you register once, and the identity is trusted globally by other individuals and entities. This mechanism is built on top of distributed ledgers where users can self manage their own identity. Users create their own identity and are the sole owner with the ability to modify the identity to add credentials or new information. Users can also offer that identity as a login to several services that they use. The main difference is that because you created the identity you are the sole owner. When this concept makes its way into our smart homes it will be important to understand that it’s not just the identity of us that matters but the identity of our devices.Another thing that is going to enable interoperability and security of smart homes that we envision is IoT standardization. As you can see there are many standards working on everything from application layer to connectivity layer and from the B2C market to the B2B market. However, it is important that we identify unified standards for hardware, identity and connectivity which will enable an open ecosystem, improve interoperability, and protect security and privacy. Luckily there are a lot of great initiatives going on such as Project Connected Home over IP and the W3C. As more of these efforts from industry leaders emerge, we will start to see more standardization of devices. Stil, it’s important for us to continue to push for standardization from the user perspective.The final element to add to the future smart home is secure encrypted communication.This item has made its way into the news recently with the security vulnerabilities found in the popular Zoom conferencing application. Zoom had made claims about their end-to-end encryption, however, it was discovered that it was not fully end-to-end encrypted but instead client-to-server encryption. Client-to-server encryption means that your data is encrypted between your mobile application and the cloud server it is connected to. However, the server will then decrypt the information for processing, establish data profiles, and other activities. Having this man-in-the-middle with your decrypted data is a source of vulnerability for attackers. These attacks can come, not only from outside attackers, but insider attackers such as cloud admins as well. For instance, Amazon recently fired a number of cloud admins for accessing user’s ring video feeds. Even though we are relatively protected from hackers, insider attacks are one of the most common forms of security threats.A lot of what we do to patch up these problems today are done with regulations and with policies. GDPR in Europe and the CCPA, California Consumer Privacy Act, are now emerging and these regulations are very important to build transparency to how corporations use our data. While these organizations do not guarantee our privacy, they do provide an operational framework that allows us to ask: what data do you have on me? how will you use it? as well as the ability to request to delete it. Therefore, one thing that we need to do is build and adopt technologies that offer true end-to-end encryption. Instead of having a server in the middle to process your data, we can opt to have data processed at the edge or even local within the devices we use. By doing so, we can eliminate these insider attacks using end-to-end encryption.To wrap up secure encrypted communications, sometimes end-to-end encryption is not enough given all the communications that happen between devices, networks, cloud, and applications. While end-to-end encryption might be able to protect the content for distribution, there is also metadata that can be very telling about our activities. Hop-by-hop encryption can help protect metadata and the data leakage that emerges from communications between devices. There are also technologies that allow you to embed public keys into devices so that we can do encryption without a 3rd party certificate authority. Finally, a globally distributed, “never down” network would be a great foundation to power and secure all these different encrypted communications.How does this fix all the problems with today’s internet? When we put all of these new technologies together, we can see how these technologies address the vulnerabilities experienced by today’s smart home. First Secure HW available at the device level can help protect the software and processes running on those devices from exploits and malware. Decentralized Identity can protect against attacks that steal your credentials like Main-in-the-Middle attacks and the decentralized architecture helps protect against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. Regarding secure communications, having end-to-end and hop-by-hop encryption helps protect against both Man-in-the-Middle and Eavesdropping attacks and the globally decentralized infrastructure can help mitigate DoS and DDoS attacks as well. Last is IoT Standards, which really does have an impact across many of these vulnerabilities. Standards make the risks public which helps to both expose and harden the security over time.Let’s take a holistic view of the entire tech stack. Starting with Blockchain, which is a great tool for establishing trust. We see Blockchain as the basis to build trust for smart homes and its devices. On top of that, are gateways that offer built-in universal IoT standards along with Decentralized Identity to authenticate these devices and secure HW to provide a trusted execution environment for software. At the device level, you will also see Decentralized Identity and secure HW adopted, but you will also see data being processed on the devices themselves eliminating the need to send sensitive data to the cloud. These devices will become more powerful and more connected as devices communicate between devices or peer-to-peer. That is the picture of the smart home of the future.For more, please see Part I of our “Private Smart Home” mini-series:https://medium.com/media/30abb18f04243d86577521d2d717d567/hrefAbout IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditThe Smart Home of Tomorrow was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 05. 20

IoTeX AMA with Minted Lab

On May 13, IoTeX held a special AMA with Minted Lab, a top Korean crypto community. Larry Pang, Head of Business Development @ IoTeX, shared insights and perspectives on IoTeX architecture, current use cases, future plans, and comparisons to other blockchain/IoT/privacy projects. Enjoy!Is it easy for IoTeX to handle high-volume data? I understand that IoTeX has developed a multi-layer architecture for scalability and speed. I wonder what the results are?The IoTeX platform utilizes a unique architecture to meet the unique demands of Internet of Things (IoT) use cases. Our multi-layer architecture combines smart devices, IoT Cloud + decentralized storage, and blockchain. Let me describe each of these layers:Device Layer: IoTeX is all about generating trusted data from trusted devices to enable trusted applications. A critical piece of this is the device layer. To trust a device, it must have a verifiable identity and its actions must be verifiable by others, which is exactly what IoTeX enables by combining secure hardware and blockchain, two tamper-proof technologies.Storage Layer: IoT devices generate a lot of data, and not all of that can be stored on the blockchain due to cost/scalability reasons. But today, more and more data validation and processing is performed “on the edge” or on the device itself, reducing the need to store large amounts of unfiltered data on servers. A scalable and flexible approach is to store/index pre-processed data on the IoT Cloud (e.g., AWS) or decentralized storage (e.g., IPFS, Sia) and “hash” them to the blockchain, which provides timestamped verifiability and data provenance. When needed, this data can be written to the blockchain for use in smart contractsBlockchain Layer: the root of trust for the entire IoTeX Network. Our blockchain is open source and one of the fastest in the entire industry — not only does it enable standard P2P transactions and smart contracts, but it is also used to register device identities and “hash” data (stored on Cloud/decentralized storage) to the blockchain.The combination of these three layers provides great flexibility for developers and builders. For more information, please see our Blockchain & IoT Reference Architecture.IoTeX received attention by announcing Ucam at CES 2020. Please explain the advantages of Ucam and its future schedule.IoTeX recently launched our first “Powered by IoTeX” product called Ucam, which was built in partnership with Tenvis, a major security camera camera manufacturer. Tenvis was founded in 2005 and has sold millions of cameras to governments, enterprises, and consumers — they are currently “Amazon’s Choice” for security cameras, but came to IoTeX to bring privacy to their users.Ucam is the world’s first absolutely private home security camera that lets you own your data. This year at CES, the world’s largest tech conference, Ucam won the CES Innovation Award for Cybersecurity & Privacy. Ucam uses blockchain-based identity and the encryption keys are generated using the IoTeX blockchain in a decentralized fashion to make sure only the user has a copy of the encryption key for full privacy. With Ucam, nobody can access your device or data except you, or people authorized by you.We have many exciting plans for Ucam — we are currently working with IPFS to add decentralized storage to the camera and are also planning to launch other form factors of Ucam, such as doorbell + outdoor camera. The great thing about Ucam is the firmware/software that IoTeX developed can be used on almost any camera, so we are actively exploring new types of cameras to power with IoTeX — Ucam is just one of many “Powered by IoTeX” products in the future!What would you say is your top strength and what type of market opportunities are there for IoTeX?IoTeX has one of the strongest and most technical teams in the entire industry. We are at the forefront of cutting-edge tech in the blockchain space, but we are also equally cutting-edge in the IoT space, including hardware, connectivity, and large-scale architecture. The IoT industry recognizes our potential too — IoTeX was recently selected as the Co-Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Blockchain Group along with Amazon and Huawei. We built our entire blockchain and IoT middleware from scratch and launched several blockchain-powered IoT products in only two years. The best part is we are just getting started — there is so much future potential for IoTeX.The biggest opportunity for IoTeX is the size of the IoT industry and the fact that nobody is doing what we are doing better than us. Many people are focused on DeFi projects right now because they see finance as a huge industry — finance is a multi-trillion dollar industry, but so is IoT! In fact, IoT is growing at a much faster rate than most industries. Today, there are 25 billion IoT devices around the world and there will be >100 billion IoT devices by 2025. We have big goals to power all types of devices in the future and be the decentralized infrastructure to enable the future of privacy and IoT.Blockchain + IoT + Privacy is a fairly new market, but there are competitors aiming for the similar use cases. How is IoTeX better than them?There are many people working on the intersection of Blockchain+IoT and Blockchain+Privacy, but the intersection of Blockchain+IoT+Privacy is quite complex — IoTeX makes it easy. Our team is uniquely positioned to not only take first mover advantage in this budding industry but also to be the long-term market leader given our extensive technical knowledge in all three areas.Most importantly, I have not seen anyone actually producing real products like IoTeX has done. Personally, I don’t care about what is in the white paper — anyone can tell a great story, but the proof of real products matters a lot. Only two years after IoTeX launched our first code release in April 2018, we already have several types of devices that are powered by our platform, not just prototypes or proofs of concept. I can list many of my opinions regarding what differentiates IoTeX from our competitors — our team, cutting-edge research, pace of development, etc. — but the real thing that matters is we are the only ones building real stuff. These two devices are just the start and we expect many other form factors of similar devices to emerge over the next year:Ucam, which is built in partnership with TenvisPebble Tracker, which is built in partnership with Nordic SemiconductorIt is important to remember that IoTeX is a platform — our ultimate goal is to enable other people/companies that are interested in privacy/IoT to leverage our platform and tools so that they can also create their own privacy-protecting IoT products. IoTeX will provide trusted data and trusted devices to builders, who will use it to build their own trusted applications and services. In this sense, we welcome even our competitors to use some or all of our platform/tools to empower their products.What is the difference between IoTeX’s consensus and others?The IoTeX Network utilizes Roll-DPoS consensus, which we designed in-house. To support the high scalability required for IoT use cases, IoTeX decided to use a Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) design, but we also made significant improvements to traditional DPoS. Instead of a fixed number of Delegates (e.g., EOS has 21 block producers), IoTeX randomly selects 24 of the top 36 Delegates to mine blocks every hour. This randomness improves the decentralization and security of the overall network, without affecting the performance. Roll-DPoS enables IoTeX to be one of the fastest blockchains in the entire industry with 5-second block times and instant finality for transactions. You can read our Roll-DPoS yellow paper here.There are many competitors in IoT-relevant blockchain like IOTA, Hedera hashgraph. What is the main edge of IOTEX itself?There are several great projects that are working on Blockchain & IoT, but it is important to understand what part of the tech stack they are addressing. IoT requires many components/layers to work, as I described above. For example, IOTA is focusing on machine-to-machine communications/payments, while Hedera focuses on rapidly sequencing transactions at low cost. These are definitely needed to support the future of IoT, but it does not cover everything that is needed. In other words, end-to-end solutions cannot be fully supported by these other projects.IoTeX is different because we think about the entire picture of what is needed for full-stack IoT solutions, and we have proven this with Ucam. Specifically, the IoTeX platform enables trusted devices and trusted data, so people that build on IoTeX do not have to re-create this component. We also provide the necessary tools that developers/builders need to use these trusted devices and trusted data to make their own trusted applications. So by default, people that build on IoTeX can focus on the business logic / application layer, while the IoTeX platform takes care of the rest. This is our “plug-and-play” vision for the future of IoT!In April, Upbit designated IOTX as a “privacy coin” and issued an investment warning with risk of delisting IOTX from the exchange. What are your thoughts about this? Any updates?Good news! Upbit just announced yesterday that they will not de-list IoTeX. This has been an interesting experience for us — over the past couple weeks, we have discussed with the Upbit team regarding their new initiative to de-list “privacy coins” such as Zcash and Monero. But IoTeX is not a privacy coin and we do not have anonymous/private transactions. The privacy that we focus on is not about sending money privately between people. Our version of privacy is to allow people to own their own data — this means that they can choose to keep their data private, share it with others, or sell it to advertisers or third parties.This is an important consideration — today, the definition of “privacy” means different things to different people. It really depends WHAT you are trying to keep private and WHO you are trying to keep it private from. For privacy coins, the “what” is financial transactions and the “who” is usually governments or institutions. But for IoTeX, the “what” is the data that comes from our smart devices (which we should already own today) and the “who” is tech giants that sell/manipulate our data without our consent. After discussing this with the Upbit team, they now understand IoTeX’s vision for privacy and will NOT de-list IoTeX.What is your project’s main goal in 2020? And what is your vision and mission for IoTeX?Our main goal for IoTeX this year is to welcome the world to build amazing things on our platform. Over the past two years, IoTeX has worked very aggressively to build out our protocol, infrastructure, and platform — with Mainnet GA launching in early June, we know that the IoTeX platform is ready to support a wide variety of use cases across blockchain, IoT, and privacy. Until now it has been a lot of work from the core team and a small subset of community members, but our goal is to build our ecosystem of builders and contributors that will bring great network effects to IoTeX.We are starting this process right now by launching our new developer grants program called Halo. We have already received many interesting proposals for new projects that people want to build on IoTeX, including asset tracking use cases (like Hyperaware) as well as healthcare devices/wearables that let you own your health data. We encourage any developers out there to take a look at Halo and apply for a grant!Halo will also be an important initiative to put our developer-focused device kits in the hands of builders from around the world. Our next big priority for developers is to launch Pebble Tracker, which is a special device that IoTeX built with Nordic Semiconductor, one of the leading chip manufacturers in the world. This device has built-in secure hardware and is able to write sensor data directly to the blockchain for use in smart contracts — it is basically an IoT data oracle that is hardware-based. Check out the Nordic Semiconductor announcement for more information.IoTeX has completed the Mainnet through technical upgrades over the past 12 months since the original Mainnet Alpha launch in April 2019. Please explain the changes over the past year.Over the past year, we have made many improvements to our blockchain. Next month in June 2020, we will launch the full production version of the IoTeX Mainnet, which is called Mainnet GA. The most important part of Mainnet GA is that we will establish full independence from Ethereum and become a native blockchain. All ERC20 tokens will be swapped to IOTX coins, and all staking/voting activities will be migrated from Ethereum to IoTeX. This is a big moment for IoTeX as we will be our own network with no reliance on anyone else, exciting! You can see our open source code on our Github.Other blockchain-related things we have done over the past year is reduce block time by 50% (2x as fast) and also making several security enhancements to the blockchain. We also launched new dev tools that make it easy to build on IoTeX. But Mainnet GA is not just about technology — we have been announcing new tokenomics, governance, and other items all throughout this month. You can see the full list of past/planned announcements in this IoTeX Forum thread.The reason why Blockchain +IoT technologies have not been commercialized so far is the issue of scalability and security has not been resolved. I wonder how you’re going to solve this problem. Also, I would like to know how the blockchain structure design of the IoTeX platform works.As I mentioned in an earlier question, the IoTeX platform utilizes a unique architecture to meet the unique demands of Internet of Things (IoT) use cases. Our multi-layer architecture combines a trusted device layer, Cloud/decentralized storage layer, and blockchain layer. The combination of these three layers provides great flexibility, security, and scalability for developers and builders.To answer your questions about scalability — many people think that ALL data from IoT devices must be written to the blockchain, but that is not true. The thing that really matters is “triggers” aka data that represents a change in the real world that you want to be reflected in the digital world. For example: if you are a fish company in Japan and you want to ship your fish to Korea, you may use IoT devices/sensors to ensure that the fish is kept below freezing temperature, and if the fish is not handled properly a blockchain can automatically enforce settlement/penalties via smart contracts. However, to do this you do not need to write every single piece of data to the blockchain. All you need is a time-stamped data point that shows the fish was not kept below freezing temperature — the “trigger”. The entire dataset can be stored on the IoT Cloud or decentralized storage (e.g., IPFS), but only the “trigger” needs to be written to the blockchain to achieve the desired business outcome.Another thing to understand is that a lot of computing today is done “on the edge” meaning on the device itself. Even small sensors can perform simple data validations, and more powerful devices like routers are being equipped with AI engines for advanced processing. This means there is less computation required in the lower parts of the tech stack, such as Cloud or blockchain. This is actually an example of “Layer 2” scalability, except instead of a verifiable/trusted blockchain as Layer 2, you have verifiable/trusted devices that can take on some of the responsibility. For more information, please see our Blockchain & IoT Reference Architecture.About IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX AMA with Minted Lab was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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20. 05. 20

IoTeX Pantheon — Enterprise...

IoTeX Pantheon — Enterprise-Ready Consortium Blockchain for IoTThis is Part 4 of IoTeX’s Mainnet GA announcements. Throughout May 2020, we will share other components of Mainnet GA, including new tokenomics, governance, and technology. For more on Mainnet GA, visit the IoTeX Forum.Introducing Pantheon by IoTeXWe are proud to announce Pantheon, IoTeX’s enterprise-ready consortium blockchain designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). Why Pantheon? In Greek mythology, the 12 “Olympians” composed the Greek pantheon, a council of trusted gods who each contributed unique strengths to the group. This philosophy is also reflected in IoTeX Pantheon, which allows users to build their own council of trusted members to orchestrate data sharing, automation, and other actions in a trusted fashion.The Greek Pantheon of 12 Olympian GodsIoTeX Pantheon was developed throughout the past year, stemming from ongoing initiatives with IoT enterprises. At a high-level, Pantheon adopts the IoTeX protocol and layers on flexible user management and IoT-related tools. Instead of keeping this enterprise framework proprietary, IoTeX has decided to open-source Pantheon for the entire community to explore! Pantheon will be launched as part of Mainnet GA in early June.In this article, we explain public vs. consortium blockchains, what is unique about Pantheon, and enterprise use cases we are actively exploring.What is a Consortium Blockchain?Unlike public blockchains that are “permissionless” (i.e., anyone can participate in consensus), a consortium blockchain is “permissioned”, meaning consensus is restricted to specific users. As you may know, public blockchains are maintained by decentralized miners to reach global consensus. On the other hand, consortium blockchains are maintained by a membership of authorized users, each of which runs their own node and updates their own version of the ledger, to reach consortium consensus.While consensus-related activities (i.e., producing new blocks) are restricted to consortium members, the ability to read/write data to a consortium blockchain can be customized to be public, members-only, or a hybrid depending on the specific use case. Some example implementation options include: 1) restrict read/write access to consortium members only (i.e., sensitive data only meant for consortium members), 2) restrict write access to consortium members only but enable public read access (i.e., data from consortium members is publicly useful), or 3) restrict write access to the consortium owner and enable read access for consortium members only (i.e., grant access to proprietary data to specific parties). This ability to set specific “permissions” for different audiences is unique to consortium blockchains.Consortium blockchains also differ from public blockchains with regards to crypto-economics. Public blockchains utilize tokens to incentivize pseudonymous miners to manage governance and produce blocks — “full decentralization”. On the other hand, permissioned blockchains do not require tokens to facilitate governance and block production, as these responsibilities are managed directly by known consortium members — “partial decentralization”. As a result, consortium members are often both the users and the maintainers of a consortium blockchain.For more on public vs. consortium blockchains, check out this post by Vitalik.What is unique about Pantheon?While other consortium blockchains like Hyperledger and Enterprise Ethereum are general-purpose, Pantheon is designed for real world IoT use cases. Over the past year, IoTeX met with all types of IoT organizations to hear first-hand how blockchain technology may be applied in the real world. The answer? Some enterprises, such as our Ucam partner Tenvis, are interested in building next-gen permissionless solutions via public blockchain. But many IoT organizations are actually interested in enhancing the trust/automation of their current solutions via consortium blockchain.What makes Pantheon unique is it is custom-built to support the full-stack IoT use cases shared directly by our enterprise contacts. By creating a Pantheon blockchain (“Pan-Chain”), users can benefit from powerful capabilities that are specific to Pantheon, which are summarized below:User & Group Management: Pantheon is equipped with flexible permissions tools to customize which users/groups can participate in consensus and read/write data to the blockchain.IoT-Oriented Capabilities: Pantheon has useful capabilities for IoT, including device identity and data lifecycle management, to enable trusted users/devices/data for trusted multi-party applications.Full-Stack Framework: Most importantly, Pantheon seamlessly synchronizes with other IoTeX technologies, such as secure hardware and encrypted storage, to enable end-to-end IoT solutions (see figure below).Pantheon Use Cases for EnterpriseWhat kinds of real world use cases will Pantheon enable? Imagine a group of enterprises is involved in a multi-party process, where some or all interactions between parties lack trust. Today, establishing trust between untrusted parties relies on regulation, legal action, and other reactive means. A better approach is to start with a trusted foundation composed of trusted users/devices/data, where trust is proactively established and guaranteed by technology. This is exactly what Pantheon provides: a “trusted collaboration zone” that ensures no party can perform untrusted actions.Welcome to the New Internet | Muneeb AliWith Pantheon, enterprises do not need to re-create the technology required to enable trusted users/devices/data — let Pantheon do the heavy lifting. Instead, enterprises can focus on their expertise: the business logic and economics that ultimately power/differentiate their use cases. Some examples of Pantheon use cases are provided below:➡️ Immutable “Source of Record”Pantheon enables a shared, verifiable, and immutable “source of record” that can be used for audits, insurance, and more. This “source of record” is verifiable as the users, devices, and actions that created it are all verifiable.Video: An immutable history of video feeds can be used for insurance and audits to prove without a doubt something happened at a specific time. This is important for retail security cameras, dashcams in taxis/trucks, delivery of goods, and more. We are actively working with enterprises in this area, which also involves the technology that IoTeX built for Ucam.Supply Chain: The need to synchronize information across parties is a huge burden in the supply chain industry today. Working from a shared “source of record” can lubricate many supply chain bottlenecks today. We are actively exploring this area with Pebble Tracker & IIC.➡️ Multi-Party Data Sharing & AnalyticsOne of the biggest requests from enterprises is the ability to share/analyze data with other parties without going through a centralized Cloud provider. Pantheon provides a trusted environment to make this happen.Digital Twins: Enterprises that use the same machines (e.g., planes, manufacturing, solar panels) may share/analyze data and metadata to fine-tune the performance of their machines.Suppliers/Customers: Enterprises may share supplier/customer details in a “private collaboration zone” to improve their ability to fight fraud, predict payback schedules, and optimize operations.➡️ Business-to-Business (B2B) ContractsA trusted “source of record” and trusted data sharing are prerequisites for trusted B2B interactions. With Pantheon, trusted data generated by trusted users/devices will trigger a variety of smart contracts.Automation: A smart contract can be deployed via Pantheon to listen for a specific data “trigger”; after the trigger is received, the smart contract will automate a specific piece of business logic in a trusted fashion.Fractional Ownership: Another type of B2B contract is ownership of an asset — physical contracts may be digitized and updated based on pre-defined rules and trusted data “triggers”.What’s Next?The future of Pantheon is extremely promising — in fact, the revolutionary IoT products that are powered by the IoTeX public blockchain (e.g., Ucam, Pebble Tracker) are also directly compatible with Pantheon. IoTeX is now exploring how Pantheon + Ucam/Pebble can be applied to various industries with telcos, IoT manufacturers, and other global enterprises. In addition, IoTeX plans to utilize Pantheon in future Industrial Internet Consortium testbeds.Don’t just take our word for it — try Pantheon out for yourself! Although Pantheon is targeted at enterprise users, it will be open-source and available for anyone to use. Our goal is to allow any developer to stand up a single-node Pan-Chain quickly, easily, and effectively. Pantheon will be launched to the public as part of Mainnet GA in early June.For more information, please see the official Mainnet GA forum thread.About IoTeXFounded as an open source platform in 2017, IoTeX is building the Internet of Trusted Things, an open ecosystem where all “things” — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can interact with trust and privacy. Backed by a global team of 30+ top research scientists and engineers, IoTeX combines blockchain, secure hardware, and confidential computing to enable next-gen IoT devices, networks, and economies. IoTeX will empower the future decentralized economy by “connecting the physical world, block by block”.Learn more: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Medium | RedditIoTeX Pantheon — Enterprise-Ready Consortium Blockchain for IoT was originally published in @iotex on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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