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Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, a Fellow of the BCS, and a Principal Fellow of the HEA. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cybersecurity.
Bill lives and works in Edinburgh, and is a believer in fairness, justice, and freedom. His social media tagline reflects his strong belief in changing the world for the better: “A Serial Innovator. An Old World Breaker. A New World Creator.” He has a strong belief in the power of education, and in supporting innovation from every angle.
Over the years, Bill has developed a deep love of all things related to cryptography, especially in the areas of Zero Knowledge Proof (ZKP), homomorphic encryption, lightweight cryptography, quantum-robust cryptography, and blockchain methods.
Bill is a prolific creator of academic and research work, and is now working on books related to Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and AI and Cybersecurity. Over the past few years he has also developed one of the most extensive cryptography sites on the Internet (asecuritysite.com). His work has included 29 academic books and over 280 academic papers, along with being an editor-in-chief for the Journal of Cyber Security Technology and for a Cybersecurity series of books.
In 2018, in partnership with Blockpass IDN, he set up the world’s first blockchain identity research laboratory. he also currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing and Security, and The Cyber Academy.
Bill’s research has led to three successful spin-out companies, including Zonefox, and he has developed a number of patents. Bill’s work has shown extensive impact, and this was awarded an “Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange” award at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange awards, and a Cyber Evangelist of the Year award in 2016. Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.
Bill regularly appears on TV and radio, related to computer security and has given evidence to both the UK and Scottish parliaments. He was also included in the FutureScot “Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World”.
Bill’s work has involved the transformation of our current thinking within a number of knowledge domains, including health and social care, law enforcement, and government services. At the core of this work is the building of new citizen-focused worlds, and in creating trusted worlds.
You can follow Bill on Twitter at @billatnapier and on YouTube at https://youtube.com/user/billatnapier. He also blogs on cryptography, cyber security, and his love of Edinburgh at https://medium.com/@billatnapier.
On joining the IOTA Research Council
I believe that we live in a digital world that was created in the 20th Century. We thus need to build a more trusted world, and put the rights of the citizen at the centre of this world. This new world will respect privacy, consent and ownership, and we should be able to trust every single transaction.
We are now in a phase of rapid rebuilding, and very few areas of our lives will remain untouched. I think this will be one of the most significant eras in the whole of human existence, and will be a time that builds the foundations of our future. Being involved in a research council leadership role in IOTA will provide me with the opportunity to inform the future, making decisions which will help build a solid foundation for our next generation.
We are delighted to welcome Bill Buchanan to the IOTA Research Council. His vast experience, strong motivation and sharp focus on building our future society, make him an ideal candidate to provide academic oversight of our work. We look forward to working closely with Bill and his team. Please give Bill a warm welcome.
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The IOTA Foundation supports the creation of state-of-the-art distributed ledger technologies, to form the backbone of a future automated data-driven society. With this monumental task comes a growing responsibility for oversight and governance of this potentially world-changing technology. To this end, we have already established a board of directors to set the vision and strategy, and a supervisory board to oversee their work.
We have also been growing a formidable research team, one of the largest in DLT organizations, consisting of world-leading research professors, PhD researchers and scientists. Today we announce the formation of a Research Council to oversee their work.
The IOTA Research Council will work closely with our research department to set the strategic technological direction, provide academic oversight to IOTA research, assess and grant funding to academic partners, and oversee collaboration with academia and other research organizations. The Research Council will consist of distinguished academics that are at the forefront of their area of expertise. It will not only provide invaluable input to the research strategy and initiatives, but will also oversee the quality of our research to ensure high academic standards.
The first members of the research council include:
- Professor Gur Huberman
- Dr. Moody Alam
- Myself (Serguei Popov)
We will be seeking to further add experienced academics to the Research Council.
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Angelo Capossele joins IOTA Foundation as a new Senior Research Scientist. He is interested in applied cryptography, Internet of Things, security and privacy and received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, in 2014 and contributed to these research topics with several publications in scientific leading venues and participation to European research projects.
Angelo designed and developed security solutions focused on the protection of national critical infrastructures from cyber threats and collaborated with companies and research centres to help design novel technologies. He worked on different verticals such as smart cities, digital manufacturing and creative industry, touching a wide spectrum of web technologies and programming languages.
On joining IOTA
I have a passion for creating and building innovative, secure, and most importantly, open and inclusive applications. I am also curious and keen to take risks when walking towards the unknown. I think IOTA Foundation has done and is doing exactly this. Proving that, creative and non-traditional ways to shape open and transparent relations among things and people, can lead the way to an efficient and working solution. I am excited to be part of IF team and ready to help improving a very solid core.
Angelo is a computer scientist specialized in security protocols and applied cryptography, who has done some awesome work with IoT and underwater networks. His background and experience compliments our research team skill set and will be of great value to the IOTA project. Give him a warm welcome!
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Dany Shaanan is joining IOTA as a Research Scientist on the Research team. In this role, Dany will focus on the Coordicide project (the eventual removal of the Coordinator, a bootstrapping mechanism that creates additional security for the Tangle).
He is a mathematician and a self-taught software developer. At 16, he programmed his first Mandelbrot Set interactive visualizer and went on to learn various languages and web technologies. His interest in math led him to undertake a BSc in Mathematics in the Technion, focusing on abstract subjects such as set theory, topology, and combinatorics.
After graduation, Dany eventually worked at a software development company, mainly on projects with algorithmic and mathematical challenges. From there he moved to focus on software development infrastructure and tools at a big Israeli startup.
On joining IOTA
My love for math, passion for technology, and curiosity for the cryptocurrency space made The IOTA Foundation very appealing for me. When learning of the Tangle and the technological and mathematical challenges ahead, I knew that this is where I would be able to do meaningful and interesting work.
Dany Shaanan joins a growing research team, whose ongoing work will underpin the future of the IOTA protocol. Give Dany a warm welcome!
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IOTA Newsletter #2 — New Board Members, Ecosystem Development Fund & Trinity Wallet
Trinity Desktop Release
Introducing the beta release of the Trinity Desktop wallet.
The mobile wallet design has been optimised for desktop with some neat additions, while maintaining a familiar flow. The app has been audited to assure its security, and theming adjusted to optimise usability.
A Message from the Board
Welcome Sergey Ivancheglo and Serguei Popov to the Board of Directors! The addition of two of the original IOTA founders has completed and the new board has already had its first board meeting. Now as a team of five, we have decided on a few key initiatives for the remainder of 2018: Fine-tuning the IOTA strategy and focus on the maturity of our technologies and the documentation, filling in the blanks in the organization (with newly appointed Head of Communications and HR) and developing a strategy for the sustainability of the Foundation.
Ecoystem Development Fund
While it took many months (many more than we would have hoped) to establish the legal framework and internal governance model for the IOTA Ecosystem Development Fund (EDF), we are very pleased to put these tasks behind us and finally begin putting these community donated resources towards their intended purpose: fostering a vibrant ecosystem of community development around the IOTA core protocol. Before we unveil the first cohort of grantees, we would like to first update the community on what we have been working on behind the scenes these past many months, and what to expect from the EDF going forward.
IOTA is built on a unique architecture that was designed with the IoT environment of the future in mind. This unique architecture has made it more challenging for service providers like exchanges to integrate IOTA compared to traditional blockchains. The Hub offers a standardized, open-source solution to these issues using a simple gRPC API in a hardened and audited environment. This makes integrating IOTA simple for any kind of service provider.
Serguei Popov joins the Board of Directors
Serguei Popov is a research mathematician working in the field of Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes. He graduated from and attained his Ph.D. at the Moscow State University under the supervision of Professor Mikhail Menshikov, with whom he still happily collaborates. Around 20 years ago he moved to Brazil to do a postdoc, and then progressed to professorship first in the University of Sao Paulo, and then in the University of Campinas.
Sergey Ivancheglo joins the Board of Directors
Sergey Ivancheglo lives in Minsk, Belarus. He holds a Bachelor of Science with specialization in electronics and artificial intelligence. He has been working as a software engineer for more than 20 years, and since 2011 he has been primarily focused on Distributed Ledger Technology.
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IOTA Newsletter #3 — Smart Energy Ecosystem, modelling new business models & Qubic
Driving DLT innovation in the smart energy ecosystem
The ENGIE Lab CRIGEN and the IOTA Foundation (IOTA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in experimentation with the IOTA Tangle in the Energy and related IoT domains. Together we will explore and test the possible use of IOTA in improving ENGIE’s business processes/products- and services applicable to Energy and adjacent areas such as smart cities, smart buildings and mobility. This will be done through joint Proofs of Concept and participation in collaborative IOTA initiatives.
Modelling new business models with IOTA
Explore the many use cases of Distributed Ledger Technology through miniature Volkswagen cities and LEGO toy trucks. From the automotive industry and across the entire global supply chain.
Putting the Proof back in to Proof of Concept with IOTA
Watch the bIOTAsphere present how the insurance industry might be on the brink of a revolution. A future of only paying for actual usage is right around the corner.
Resource Tests in Qubic
The Qubic Team at IOTA has been developing the concept of Quorum-Based Computations (QBCs) on the IOTA Tangle. The Qubic Protocol intends to establish a global decentralized platform for new trustless applications, allowing for new economic models, and enabling the broad landscape of Industry 4.0 and Web 3.0.
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IOTA Newsletter #1 — Summer Summit, UN Field Workers & EU Smart Cities
For the first time since the inception of IOTA in 2015, the entire Foundation team consisting of 60+ people was flown in to Oslo for a 5 day team building event. Internal meetings, workshops and even a hackathon have brought our international team closer together and ensured that everyone knows what is happening inside the foundation across all departments. External partners, NGO’s and companies such as DNB, DNV GL, Innovation Norway, Sopra Steria, Innovation Peace Foundation and others were invited for private meetings to discuss the future of IOTA.
A Message from the Board
During the last few months the Foundation team has done an excellent job to introduce a new organizational structure, internal processes and SOP’s. Over the next few months, our team, which has grown to more than 70+ full time employees over the last few months, will focus more on the core technologies, new modules, documentation and developer ease of use to foster our global ecosystem. You can expect more partnership, more products and more communication from our side.
UNOPS & IOTA
The first collaboration with a large multinational organization, the IOTA Foundation has officially signed an MOU with UNOPS. Through this collaboration, the IOTA Team will work with different units at UNOPS to increase transparency and efficiency, as well as safety and security for UN workers who are out on the field on a mission.
The European Commission, under the Horizon2020 program, has officially approved the +CityxChange consortium. The consortium has received a total of 20 Million Euros in funding, with an additional 10 Million of in-kind contributions. Under the leadership of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), seven cities will develop and test new data-sharing and DLT-based solutions together with an impressive list of 11 large entreprises, 9 SMEs, 3 non-for-profit organisations and 2 universities.
Sinopac & IOTA
Sinopac, one of the largest financial institutions in Taiwan, has signed an MOU with the IOTA Foundation. Under this mandate, Sinopac will develop a new notary certification solution called “iCertificate”, as well as other products for the financial sector.
DNB & IOTA
The largest bank in Scandinavia, DNB, has teamed up with IOTA to work on new financial use cases. At the heart of this collaboration is a focus on MyData and the Data Marketplace setup by the IOTA Foundation. Over the coming weeks, the teams will work on a use case which will be made accessible to the public.
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Wolfgang Welz is a researcher and software developer with areas of interest in combinatorial optimization, graph algorithms and network design.
He studied mathematics and computer science at the Technische Universität Berlin.
After obtaining a Master’s degree in each of these fields in 2010 and 2011, he worked as a research assistant at the TU Berlin in algorithmic discrete mathematics.
In 2014, Wolfgang obtained his PhD. He researched, designed and developed solution methods for combined routing and scheduling problems motivated by the automotive industry.
After his PhD he worked as a software developer in a small spin-off company of the Zuse Institute Berlin focussing on optimization technology for the telecommunications industry.
He came into contact with the IOTA community while designing and programming the first working implementation of IOTA on the Ledger Nano S hardware wallet with a team of three other community developers.
On joining IOTA
Operating at the intersection of IoT and DLT, the IOTA technology and vision are perfectly positioned for the future of the Internet. Since both of these fields are still in their infancy, researching and developing in that direction will be especially challenging.
The Tangle provides new and fascinating mathematical questions and represents a future-shaping application, bringing together many aspects of my research interests in graph theory and algorithms. By supporting efficient simulations as well as theoretical analyses, I am very excited to be driving these efforts forward.
Wolfgang has been a valued member of our community for quite some time. He has already demonstrated his development prowess, and now we look forward to his contribution to the research department. Give him a warm welcome!
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Luigi Vigneri Ph.D. is a computer scientist with experience in network modeling, graph and queueing theory, large-scale optimization and performance evaluation of networks. He will be joining the Foundation as a senior research scientist.
In 2014, Luigi received his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. During his studies, he joined a double degree program and obtained a Master of Science in Computer Science from Télécom ParisTech, France. In 2017, he obtained his Ph.D. in Mobile Communications from EURECOM, France, with a thesis on caching popular content in vehicular networks. After that, Luigi joined Huawei Research Lab in Paris as a postdoctoral researcher working on 5G networks, online machine learning and artificial intelligence.
His background combines both theoretical (network modeling, convex optimization) and programming (C, C++, Python, MATLAB) skills. Such a powerful combination is a great added value that gives him the opportunity to deeply understand new problems and to implement effective solutions. His relevant previous works span various domains such as mobile data offloading through caching and traffic monitoring for Android apps. Despite his young age, his portfolio includes publications in top-ranked journals (e.g., IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications), and he has presented his works in several International conferences.
On joining IOTA
I believe IOTA to be one of the most ambitious and relevant projects in cryptocurrencies. From a practical perspective, IOTA has the potential to change the world by pushing and promoting the spread of the Internet of Things technologies. From a theoretical point of view, it introduces an innovative model, the Tangle, to overcome blockchain limitations. Hence, IOTA is the ideal playground for a research scientist since it gives the opportunity to elaborate and develop new models which could be rapidly implemented in a very dynamic and changing environment.
I feel really motivated to join the Foundation, and to give my support to deal with the interesting mathematical challenges behind the Tangle.
Luigi understands the challenges and the potential of the IOTA Tangle and has the required background to participate in tackling those challenges and releasing its true potential. We are delighted to have him join the research team. Please give Luigi a warm welcome!
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William Sanders is an academic from the realm of pure mathematics. William undertook his undergraduate studies at The University of Nebraska, and his Ph.D. and The University of Kansas. Three years ago, he arrived as a postdoc at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. After completing this postdoc, William has decided to stay in Trondheim.
Before joining IOTA, William’s research focused on commutative algebra and category theory. Commutative algebra studies algebraic structures where multiplication commutes, such as numbers or polynomials. Commutative algebra is fundamentally connected to geometry, where geometric objects can be studied by their defining polynomials. Category theory, on the other hand, studies the abstract study of structure, namely objects and morphisms.
In his research, William used the language of category theory to apply algebraic and geometric tools to a variety of mathematical problems in the fields of representation theory and algebraic topology.
On joining IOTA
I love exploration and discovery of mathematics research, and I am excited to work on the fascinating problems facing the IOTA Foundation. Besides the intellectual challenges ahead, I look forward to studying questions with great societal benefits. I believe that my journey from pure to applied math should be an exciting one.
William has published many papers in strong peer-reviewed journals and brings years of academic experience to the IOTA Foundation. We look forward to engaging his problem-solving abilities in our projects. Please give William a warm welcome!
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The Berlin-based non-profit IOTA Foundation has been set in the spotlight for some time during the past year, and for good reasons. Not only the organization behind the MIOTA digital currency is responsible for one of the most significant distributed ledgers technologies called the “Tangle”, but it is also one of the very few DLTs … Continue reading "BOSCH Explains Why They Chose IOTA Out Of All Alternatives"
Andreas Penzkofer is an electrical engineer and physicist, specializing in analytical and numerical methods. He completed his Ph.D. and post-doctoral research in Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK, developing models for novel complex electrical machines in large-scale wind turbines. He comes from a physics background, having graduated at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and completed his thesis in particle physics as part of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre research group in Boulder, USA.
With a broad-ranging and international career spanning both academia and renewable energy industry, Andreas enjoys working at the intersection of developing new knowledge and its direct application through innovative technological solutions. Bringing with him his expertise in numerical and analytical techniques, he aims to further the understanding of the Tangle’s mechanics and improve its resilience against attacks.
On joining IOTA
Having spent time intensively engaging with the crypto-landscape I was immediately drawn to IOTA for two reasons. Firstly, I believe its unique approach can overcome key challenges facing blockchain technologies, such as scalability or the rapidly increasing energy demand of blockchain PoW. Secondly, I am fascinated by the beautiful complexity of the Tangle and excited to be working on solving the mathematical challenges that arise during its evolution.
It is a real privilege to be part of the fantastic research team and contributing towards the vibrant ecosystem that has developed around IOTA.
As you can see Andreas Penzkofer has a unique set of skills that will support ongoing development of the IOTA protocol. We are extremely happy to welcome him to the research team. Please give Andreas a warm welcome!
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Multinational engineering and electronics giant Bosch recently highlighted a new device connectivity method which will work with the Iota marketplace, among other things, for real-time IoT (Internet of Things) data collection and sales. Data Collection for the IOTA Marketplace In a recent blog post the firm opened with a quote from 1999 from Nobel Prize...
IOTA (MIOTA) is widely regarded as the first open-source distributed ledger purposely designed to power the future of the Internet of Things with feeless microtransactions and data integrity for machines, the blockchain technology has been performing excellently in the IoT world. However, while it IOTA is doing extraordinarily fine today, can we say the blockchain … Continue reading "Two Indications IOTA (MIOTA) Is The Future Of IoT"
Pierre Hoffmann is a business developer who has worked for companies such as TOTAL and Microsoft. Pierre was initially interested in Artificial Intelligence and the way it reshapes the economy, before diving into IoT & Distributed Ledger Technologies, where he has been active for more than a year. He brings his dynamism and understanding of the European ecosystem to help develop and foster IOTA’s local footprint. On a broader scale, he will also help support various Business Development activities across industries.
On joining IOTA
This experience is the opportunity of a lifetime, to make the system evolve from the way we know it today. Working with companies and other various public agencies on highly disruptive business models that are shaping an entire new landscape of opportunities across numerous industries, is one of the most exciting tasks on the agenda.
I truly believe that IOTA is the missing piece of the puzzle that will enable a smart revolution driven both by permissionless co-creation and the appetite for radically new approaches. Therefore, it is of major importance to listen and understand the industry’s needs, to shape broad and seamless ecosystems in order to build a better and more sustainable future.
Pierre brings his vision and energy helping IOTA expand across companies and various organizations to move towards a larger corporate adoption. Give him a warm welcome.
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Like the rest of the market, IOT/USD aggressive traders can begin loading at spot thanks to Nov 4 close above the minor resistance trend line. But, the real impetus is the effort by the IOTA Foundation to create avenues where corporations can easily integrate and make use of Tangle. Latest IOTA News That IOTA has...
Anne Smith is a Senior Project Manager with an extensive background in Software and Hardware Quality Management. She has managed international projects and technical teams in the US, Finland, China, India, Netherlands, UK, and Germany.
After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics, Anne started her career in Silicon Valley as a TCP/IP stack QA engineer at TGV (Two Guys and a VAX). She has held roles of increasing complexity and responsibility, in tiny startups to tech giants such as Cisco, Apple, and Nokia, with a focus on IP Security and Networking/Communications.
In addition to consulting, Anne’s most recent role was Director of Quality Management at Snom Technology/VTech, where she assisted in performing quality audits on the factory floor. There she experienced first-hand the problems with efficiency, waste, and trust that could all be solved with a successful smart-factory DLT implementation that utilizes IOTA’s Tangle technology.
When not at work, Anne enjoys bicycle riding, reading sci-fi, and rolling for initiative.
On joining IOTA
Given the intrinsic limitations of traditional blockchain technology, I’ve been skeptical about implementing the technology in real-world IoT scenarios. As soon as I learned about IOTA and how it is feeless, highly scalable, and requires minimal resources to process, it became instantly clear to me that this was the right solution for enabling the technologies that will bring us into the future. I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
I am utterly thrilled to be joining the IOTA team, where I will be working as a Senior Project and Partner Relationship Manager in the Mobility & Automotive space. I am looking forward to engaging with current and future partners, as well as the community, to develop projects that showcase the capabilities of IOTA and make IOTA a global standard.
Anne brings deep industry experience to her role in The IOTA Foundation. Her international project management, cross-functional experience in turning fast-growing startups to global businesses, and passion for quality will help drive IOTA’s adoption as the standard protocol and platform in the Mobility space. Give her a warm welcome!
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IOTA Newsletter #4 — Secure Storage, Biometric Palm Vein Authentification & Real World Waste Management
Due to overwhelming interest in our monthly email newsletter, we have decided to share it as a monthly blog post, as well. Enjoy!
IOTA integrates with Ledger for secure storage and user access
IOTA token holders can now isolate their tokens from their computer or smartphone. Through a state-of-the-art secure chip, users can protect their private keys and safely store and transfer funds with the cutting edge Ledger hardware wallets
IOTA’s Tangle powers IAMPASS biometric palm vein authentication for digital identity
With the unique, yet simple, act of a palm vein scan, IAMPASS facilitates immutable audit trails for high-security environments, as well as a cost-saving way to generate easy user access. The novel technology powered by the IOTA Tangle is a key component in the ongoing development of Smart Cities across the globe.
IOTA Foundation and HIGH MOBILITY to drive App Development for Smart Mobility
HIGH MOBILITY and the IOTA Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the integration of IOTA content, blueprints and tutorials into HIGH MOBILITY’s developer platform.
IOTA Barcelona Meetup — Moving Beyond Blockchain
VIDEO: Watch Ricard Royo, Andrea Villa, Miguel Diaz, Serguei Popov and David Belgoff talk about the Tangle, IOTA and some Use Cases.
TWO IOT x IOTA — Real World Waste Management Integration
VIDEO: Watch how TWO IOT is utilizing IOTA to make waste management in Taiwan a smooth, efficient ride.
IOTA and Freedom — Who controls node behavior?
How can a Distributed Ledger Technology function without miners?
Serguei Popov, author of the IOTA Whitepaper, breaks down the math and explains both advantages and challenges of the collaborative effort of approving transactions in the Tangle.
A Message from the Board
Johann Jungwirth, EVP Mobility Services Volkswagen Group of America, is completing his supervisory board position at the IOTA Foundation. With his recent relocation to California from Germany, his time constraints have increased to the point where he was no longer able to fulfill his commitment on the supervisory board. He leaves in very good standing with IOTA, as one of the key people that assisted in forging the initial collaboration between IOTA and Volkswagen, and the broader mobility ecosystem. We at the IOTA Foundation are very grateful for Johann’s contributions. Johann served on the supervisory board of the IOTA Foundation in a personal capacity, so this development does not affect the relationship between IOTA and VW Group.
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Sadjy Sadjan is a Networks, Systems and Security Engineer, as well as a cryptocurrency enthusiast. He holds an Engineering degree in Networking and Services and OSCP certification. His previous roles include Network and Security Consultant for a banking infrastructure operator, and Network and Security Administration within a worldwide-established consultancy firm. In this time, he successfully conducted critical networking infrastructure migrations and day-to-day administration of perimetric security appliances. His curriculum provides him with great technical flexibility when it comes to IT infrastructures.
On joining IOTA
IOTA was the crypto-system that caught my eye due to the uniqueness and ingenuity of its design. I am utterly honored and thrilled to be joining the IOTA Foundation. It is a great pleasure and privilege to be working alongside such a brilliant and dedicated team. As a SysOps Engineer, I will do my best
to ensure reliable operation of software and systems, and to contribute to the growth of IOTA infrastructure.
We are thrilled to announce that Sadjy Sadjan is joining the project. His SysOps and Security experience will be greatly welcomed at the IOTA Foundation. This will help us to continue to provide a more reliable and secure network. Please give Sadjy a warm welcome!
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Welcome Andrew Brough to the IOTA Foundation
Andrew Brough joins the IOTA Foundation as a Senior UX/UI Designer, bringing onboard a wealth of experience in user-centered design to the IOTA ecosystem.
Working closely with Dr. Navin Ramachandran and the Trinity team, Andrew has already been instrumental in helping to shape the current Trinity Desktop and Mobile wallets over the last eight months.
A London-based design professional with over 12 years of agency experience, he has worked as a UX/UI lead for clients such as Nokia, Disney, Oxford University, RBS, Chelsea FC, NHS 111, Fairtrade, World Travel & Tourism Council, Fly Dubai, Corinthia Hotels and Wargaming: World of Tanks.
Andrew recently led major UX/UI transformations for FTSE 250 transport operators, solving complex usability issues, conducting user-testing and engaging focus groups.
Andrew’s projects have garnered industry-wide recognition, including a Webby Honoree award for the Fulham FC website, and inclusion into the AIGA gallery for the World of Tanks XBox website.
On joining IOTA
As a long-term supporter of the IOTA vision, I’m delighted to work alongside both talented Foundation members and a brilliant community, as we build upon industry-leading innovation and usability.
I’m also excited about the possibilities that emerge as IOTA continues to set new paradigms in the machine-to-machine economy. I’m confident that alongside this technological revolution, IOTA will be a standard bearer for excellence in human-centered design.
With an extensive portfolio spanning Service Design, Transport, Healthcare, Blockchain, and FinTech, Andrew brings invaluable experience for the expanding use-cases of IOTA as it moves towards widespread adoption. Give him a warm welcome!
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Luca Moser is a self-taught full-stack software engineer based in Zurich, Switzerland, with a strong interest in web technologies and backend systems. At an early age, he began to experiment by building his own computers. Later in his teenage years, he grew his love of programming by writing extensions for his favorite game.
Luca has worked for the same IT company since the age of 15, where he modernized internal processes by programming various applications ranging from a web-based DMS, to interfaces between CRM and ERP systems. At the same time, he also managed the company’s IT infrastructure as a co-administrator. Luca is currently pursuing his Swiss Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education in Software Engineering, which he will finish in 2019.
Luca became aware of the cryptocurrency scene in summer 2017. He has been an active member of the IOTA community since December 2017.
On joining IOTA
Having used other cryptocurrencies for transferring value, I asked myself whether they would ever be able to succeed as a usable currency for the average Joe. After reading about the technology behind IOTA, and its inherent potential for high scalability, I believe that it is the likeliest cryptocurrency to usher in a new age of value and information transfer.
Being able to work for The IOTA Foundation is a privilege. I hope to use all my available energy to achieve our mission of becoming the standard for the machine-to-machine economy. I am looking forward to being part of this new digital transformation and working together with my friends and colleagues at The IOTA Foundation.
Luca first came to the attention of the Trinity team, helping Rihards with the development of the desktop wallet. He now formally joins the engineering team at The IOTA Foundation. We look forward to working more closely with him. Please give him a warm welcome.
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Lukas Tassanyi is a German Student currently doing his Bachelor of Computer Science at the Technical University Dresden. He is better known to the IOTA community as MicroHash for his work in the ecosystem, such as the IOTA Spam Fund and his Medium articles on Qubic. Namely Qubic Lite — his own implementation of the Qubic protocol — reached a lot of interest from the community.
On joining IOTA
Ever since I found out about IOTA, I was in complete awe of its lightweight design. Quite soon I started to play around with the libraries which got me involved as a community developer rather quickly. Once Qubic was announced, the concept of writing smart contracts on top of the Tangle motivated me to develop Qubic Lite as a simplified proof-of-concept to showcase that the Qubic theory is indeed feasible. Joining the Qubic Team, I’m excited to contribute to the official version. I feel honored to be working among so many talented individuals and use this opportunity to improve my software engineering skills in this highly professional environment.
Lukas is joining the IOTA Foundation as a software engineer, he will be of great help in the Qubic Team. Give him a warm welcome!
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Golang has been making quite a noise the past few years. It’s open source, officially backed by Google, code is easy to write and maintain, and all while being very efficient at things like concurrency. Luca Moser has taken on the development of the IOTA Go library, and has made great progress at putting the library back in shape.
We are now releasing IOTA Go 1.0.0-beta with quite a few improvements under the hood:
- All the functions that were available in IOTA JS are now supported.
- Composable API.
- Functionality now available via different packages.
- Better error handling.
- Other missing functionality from IOTA JS.
- And much more — see the full release notes.
If you have any questions, let Luca or Jakub know in the #go channel on the IOTA Discord server.
The IOTA Java library is another library we consider crucial to support officially. It hasn’t been getting as much attention as it deserved in the first half of the year. But Brord van Wierst has been correcting this omission over the past few months. Brord is also a frequent contributor to IRI, but IOTA Java is now his main focus.
We are now officially releasing IOTA Java 1.0.0-beta, which brings it up to par with IOTA JS:
- All API functions, like checkConsistency and promoteTransactions are now available.
- Tips can be selected for reference in getBalance, and added a reference param to getTransactionToApprove. This allows you to spend directly from a not-yet-confirmed subtangle or tip, like you could in IOTA JS.
- See the full release notes.
Brord and Jakub are also easy to reach in the #java channel on the IOTA Discord server. Feel free to join the discussion there!
We have quite a few things in store for the future of client libraries. But of course we want you, the developers who work with the libraries or contribute to the code, to have a say as well. If you’re missing something in the libraries, please open an issue. Or, even better, open an issue and then make a PR!
One of the big things when it comes to working with libraries is persistence. The ability to store the state and manage addresses is the next big goal. This will take away quite a lot of the overhead the developer has to go through now. The current plan looks like this:
- Version 1.0.0-beta — where we are now, unified API implementation.
- Version 1.0.0 (out of beta) — Client libraries have built in persistence and improved documentation.
- Version 1.1.0 — Streaming API, we’re finalizing a design to make the libraries reactive, which we will soon share with the community for feedback!
And more to come!
Thanks to Chris Dukakis, Brord van Wierst, and Luca Moser for their efforts in getting these libraries ready for our developer community.
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IOTA Foundation Announces Integration with Ledger Hardware Wallet for Secure Storage and User Access of IOTA Tokens
Now IOTA Token Holders Can Isolate Their Tokens From Their Computer or Smartphone
(BERLIN, GERMANY — November 2, 2018) IOTA Foundation, a non-profit foundation focused on distributed ledger technology and permissionless ecosystem development, announced today a new collaboration with Ledger, the cryptocurrency and blockchain security leader, to integrate IOTA tokens with Ledger’s secure hardware wallets for cryptocurrency.
The Ledger Nano S hardware wallet will enable users to protect the private keys giving access to their IOTA tokens in a state-of-the-art secure chip. The Ledger hardware wallets integrate with the IOTA Trinity and Romeo Wallets and isolate user’s seeds (the key for their account) from their computer or smartphone, providing another layer of security from hackers. Users will be able to validate transactions on their Ledger hardware wallet as part of the security protocol.
“Providing the highest level of security and quality is a major focus at both Ledger and IOTA,” said Eric Larchevêque, CEO at Ledger. “The collaboration between the teams created an immediate synergy concentrated on developing a compatibility feature allowing users to access, store and manage IOTA tokens on Ledger devices. We are thrilled to welcome IOTA onto the Ledger platform.”
How is Ledger different?
Ledger wallets are built with a distinctive operating system (OS) called BOLOS, which is integrated into a secure chip. The EAL5+ certified secure chip used in Ledger Hardware Wallets is the same one used for credit cards or passports. It is a tamper-resistant platform capable of securely hosting applications and data, in accordance with the rules and security requirements set by pre-authorized applications and people. Hacking a secure chip takes a formidable effort, while generic microcontrollers can be easily hacked by amateurs.
“Hardware wallets are regarded as the safest way to store cryptocurrencies. At IOTA, we made a commitment to delivering the safest and most usable standalone cryptocurrency wallet. The Trinity wallet is well on its way to fulfilling that commitment, and today we are proud to announce the next step on the journey. Ledger has earned a strong reputation for security and reliability, and this made it a natural choice for integration with Trinity. We are proud of how our community, the IOTA developers and the Ledger team have worked together to make this possible,” said David Sønstebø, co-chair and co-founder of IOTA Foundation.
IOTA is an open-source distributed ledger technology, that moves beyond Blockchain. It has been designed to be scalable with zero cost transaction fees and data integrity to power the future of the Internet of Things.
Founded in 2014, Ledger is a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. Headquartered in Paris and San Francisco, Ledger has a team of 200 professionals developing a variety of products and services to safeguard cryptocurrency assets for individuals and companies — including the Ledger hardware wallets line already sold in 165 countries. www.ledger.com.
About IOTA Foundation
IOTA is a not-for-profit foundation incorporated and registered in Germany. The IOTA Foundation’s mission is to support the development and standardization of new distributed ledger technologies (DLT), including the IOTA Tangle. The IOTA Tangle is an innovative type of DLT specifically designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) environment. It is an open-source protocol facilitating novel Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions, including secure data transfer, fee-less real-time micropayments, and the collection and dissemination of sensor-based and other data. www.iota.org
Download the new Ledger-compatible Trinity Desktop wallet (v 0.4.0 beta) at https://trinity.iota.org/
We have also provided a guide for setting your Ledger up with Trinity. If you are unsure what certain things mean, they may well be answered here. https://trinity.iota.org/hardware
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Back in early October, Ethereum World News had notified the crypto community on the progress the IOTA (MIOTA) team had made in integrating the Tangle on the Ledger Nano S hardware wallet. IOTA News was first to break the news via a tweet that stated the following. The development of supporting #IOTA Tokens on the #LedgerNano S wallet has […]
(BERLIN, GERMANY — October 31, 2018) — HIGH MOBILITY and the IOTA Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the integration of IOTA content, blueprints and tutorials into HIGH MOBILITY´s developer platform.
HIGH MOBILITY envisions solving one of the key challenges for carmakers as well as app developers: how can big corporates engage and work with thousands of independent developers simultaneously and how can a developer use standardized car APIs for seamless prototyping? Through community and collaboration HIGH MOBILITY bridges the gap between car manufacturers and app developers to enable new mobility services and apps.
The first joint project, executed in just a few weeks, demonstrates why agile startups like HIGH MOBILITY are well-placed to accelerate IOTA’s technology. From this project forward HIGH MOBILITY is now a key player in the IOTA Foundation’s ecosystem. To launch the collaboration, the two companies have focused on a blueprint for smart charging as this effectively demonstrates how developers can build and test apps using HIGH MOBILITY’s standardized connected car API on the IOTA platform.The initiative aims to translate the value of IOTA’s open source technology into real world applications and catalyzes the ecosystem of both parties.
IOTA’s open source technology offers new opportunities for autonomous and electric vehicles and infrastructure, fostering ride and car-sharing applications and connecting mobility participants in a new peer-to-peer ecosystem.
“Over the last month the Foundation has matured its open and permissionless mobility and automotive ecosystem and an “early adopter movement” has been started. As the industry begins to recognize the huge potential of distributed ledger technology it is essential to establish collaborations that enable permanent innovation and the growth of a multi-player ecosystem.When I met the founders Kevin and Risto in 2016 in Stuttgart, I immediately liked their pragmatic approach and focus on solving real industry problems. I am convinced that bridging the gap between corporates and developers and implementing easy to use and scalable tools will solve major pain points in adoption,” said Alisa Maas, Head of Mobility and Automotive, IOTA Foundation.
“We have seen a lot of interest from developers in combining vehicle data with distributed ledger technologies. With IOTA’s ledger and the team’s vision for future mobility, we will see it being applied by many new services. The type of applications that can be enabled with IOTA’s cutting edge technology and vehicle data are many. In the first blueprint we see not only how vehicle data can be put onto a ledger, but also how it can be combined with charging infrastructure and payments. I’m confident that this will get ideas flowing in our community,” said Kevin Valdek, CTO, HIGH MOBILITY.
With the roll out of the integration of IOTA into the HIGH MOBILITY platform both parties have agreed to provide lightweight and easy to understand documentation and webinars. A first sneak preview is planned to be shown at the IOTA Meetup in Berlin on the 6th of November hosted by The Drivery. Sign up: https://www.meetup.com/Mobility-Innovators-Club/events/255775918/
About HIGH MOBILITY
HIGH MOBILITY is a multiple-award winning API platform company focusing on digital developer tools for connected cars. Its products and services simplify collaboration between carmakers and software developers and are becoming the defining software layer between the connected car and the outside world. HIGH MOBILITY is dedicated to digitally transforming the car industry by giving the auto OEMs complete control over data obtained from cars, thereby creating new revenue streams through data monetization and expanded service opportunities.
About the IOTA Foundation
IOTA is a not-for-profit foundation incorporated and registered in Germany. The IOTA Foundation’s mission is to support the development and standardization of new distributed ledger technologies (DLT) including the IOTA Tangle. The IOTA Tangle is an innovative type of DLT specifically designed for the Internet of Things (IoT) environment. It is an open-source protocol facilitating novel Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions including secure data transfer, feeless real-time micro-payments, and the collection and dissemination of sensor-based and other types of data. www.iota.org
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Founder of IOTA Foundation – David Sonstebo, has pressed-on and highlighted out the previous IOTA Foundation advise of learning programming because according to him there are many corporations that need ‘you’. With IOTA’s demand increasing on developing a shared economy, Mr. Sonstebo noted how over 600 corporations are attracted by IOTA to reach their goals. […]
What is the IOTA?
If the Aether is turned towards smart contracts, the IOTA (or MIOTA) is linked to connected objects, to the Internet of Things, which some people call “fourth”. industrial Revolution”.
Created in 2015 by David Sonstebo, Sergey Ivancheglo, Dominik Schiener and Dr. Serguei Popov. IOTA is based on a technology that allows free and instant transactions between machines in the Internet of Things environment.
Unlike Bitcoin and most cryptocurrency, IOTA units already exist (2.779.530.283 in total), and the motto is not based on the mining system (creation of units via computers, note).
IOTA also differs from other cryptocurrencies in that it does not rely on the blockchain technology mentioned above. It is based on Tangle technology, fully decentralized, which allows transactions at no cost, secure, and instant.
The applications are numerous. The IOTA allowing micro-transactions since there are no fees, many companies, including small businesses, merchants could be interested. The Tangle technology on which the IOTA is based can also be used to transfer data, can be applied to set up electronic votes, or even serve as a basis for encrypted e-mail.
IOTA could also be set up in the area of the shared economy. We can imagine Paris Vélib ‘working with this technology, but all kinds of connected objects could be shared.
The IOTA has experienced a recent craze its course passing in less than a week of a few cents to more than 3 dollars per unit. This interest is explained by the announcement of a partnership with major companies such as Microsoft, Samsung, Cisco or Volkswagen.