IOTA joins the biggest blockchain hackathon in the world: Odyssey

IOTA joins the biggest blockchain hackathon in the world: Odyssey

17:33 - 19/02/2019

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The IOTA Foundation has joined the Odyssey Hackathon, in Groningen NL from April 12–14, as an Ecosystem partner.

The Odyssey Hackathon connects selected top teams (new teams, pre-startups, startups, and SMEs) to their potential launching customers from corporate, governmental, and non-profit sectors (among which: the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Dutch Land Registry and the Chamber of Commerce, Vattenfall, KLM, Nutreco, and many others). 100 selected teams will be building solutions prototypes with the support of the international ecosystem that includes the tech, business and legal experts, and the financial regulators.

Last year, the event was attended by 1,000+ people and resulted in 64 prototypes. In 2019, Odyssey is set to bring together 1,500 attendees to solve 20 real-life complex challenges; these challenges cover a multitude of areas, including energy transition, public utility networks, (self-) governance, self-owned digital ID, biometric data communication, wildlife restoration, cargo insurance, and many more.

The teams will compete for €200K in total cash rewards and a chance to access the Decentralized Business Incubation Program to scale their solution with the partner consortia of their challenges and Odyssey Acceleration Partners.

Here’s what Forbes says about the hackathon: http://bit.ly/2X4qW4g

Challenge info and registration: www.odyssey.org.

The IOTA Foundation will be supporting a number of challenges at the hackathon by providing technical support to teams before, during and after the event. We’ve chosen these challenges due to their compatibility of the IOTA protocol to solve them. The tracks the IOTA Foundation is choosing to support are as follows:

Please Note: We have chosen to support these challenges given their suitability for the IOTA protocol. This does not indicate any endorsement from the affiliation companies/organisations.

CREATING A MOBILE VIRTUAL POWER PLANT

Vattenfall is looking to transition to a more sustainable energy system through the expansion of renewable production and climate-smart energy solutions for their customers. They have posed the Vehicle to Grid (V2G) challenge. They want to see Electric Vehicles used as mobile assets to provide electricity grid flexibility.

We believe that IOTA is in a unique position to support this challenge given the suitability of our technology and the prior work of Elaad NL & Enexis with their charging solutions.

BUILD THE UNIMAGINABLE

Nature 2.0 is challenging teams to build a digital commons using distributed ledgers & AI. They are looking for teams to build ownerless systems that provide a net benefit back to the communities they operate in. While a daunting task, these types of systems can fundamentally change how our future communities operate.

We believe that this challenge is one worth tackling. It proposes we build a future with autonomous agents: machines, humans and software, interacting to benefit of everyone. IOTA can offer a protocol for these machines to communicate and create value within.

PROTOCOL FOR REGISTERING
AND COMMUNICATING DIGITAL PERMISSIONS

The Ministry of Justice and Security in the Netherlands is challenging teams to build an open-source protocol for requesting and approving consent in a standardised and immutable manner. This would be a crucial building block for e-commerce, medical systems and many other uses.

Given IOTA’s unique properties among other distributed ledgers, we believe that the protocol would useful tool in architecting a solution for this challenge

The IOTA Foundation excited to see the solutions that the hackers create during the event. We encourage interested individuals and teams to sign up now!

Registrations close on the 25th of February. Follow the link to sign up to the hackathon: here


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IOTA Partners With Cofoundery, Nova, to Launch Seed Fund Supporting DLT Start-ups

IOTA Partners With Cofoundery, Nova, to Launch Seed Fund Supporting DLT Start-ups

20:37 - 18/02/2019

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(BERLIN, GERMANY — February 18, 2019) IOTA Foundation, a non-profit foundation focused on distributed ledger technology (DLT) and permissionless ecosystem development, today announced a partnership with Liverpool-based cofoundery, Nova. Under this collaboration, the two companies will work together to increase the number of successful startups utilizing the next generation of Distributed Ledger Technology.

The programme will enable aspiring tech entrepreneurs, through funding and mentorship, to develop innovative new business models using IOTA technology. The partnership programme with Nova is now open for applications, and entrepreneurs are invited to apply at wearenova.co.uk/partnerships/iota.

The partnership aims to prevent the main reasons for startup failure and ensure that the full potential of distributed ledger technology can be realized. Focusing on the very early stage of startup development, IOTA will initiate a seed fund to would-be entrepreneurs harnessing the Tangle, its distributed ledger technology. Alongside this investment fund, entrepreneurs will also have access to an IOTA test lab to build and test their solutions, Nova’s mentoring programme, and its expert tech startup team consisting of 20+ startup consultants and a full range of digital disciplines.

Nova will be investing in ideas that prove user problem-fit. This investment will be matched by the IOTA grant programme if DLT is identified as the right solution. This increased runway will help the startups create viable businesses develop within the IOTA ecosystem.

Currently, IOTA’s ledger technology is being developed to power the future Internet of Things, enabling fast, feeless micro-transactions in a permissionless economy. The technology is currently being deployed within a range of industries, such as Digital Healthcare, Mobility, Global Trade and Supply Chains, Energy, Smart Cities and Telecommunications, Media & Technologies.

Nova will bring its expertise in partnering with aspiring entrepreneurs to co-found tech startups, which helps to eliminate many of the risks involved in starting a business. In addition to providing guidance across all areas of business, from market research to product development, Nova also provides the entrepreneur with a multi-disciplined team for the first year of the partnership. To date, Nova has co-founded over 80 tech startups. Over 50% of these are still in existence after three years, compared to the average startup three-year survival rate of just 10%.

David Sønstebø, co-founder and co-chair at IOTA, said:

“The Tangle network overcomes many of the limitations and inefficiencies of blockchain technology, and as such, has huge potential to transform machine to machine transactions that are at the core of IoT. Our partnership with Nova is about enabling that innovation, by helping initial ideas come to fruition in the form of viable, scalable and sustainable business models.”

Andrew Dean, Head of Partnerships at Nova, added:

“There are many hurdles to successfully launching a startup, and many of the most common mistakes occur very early on in the process. The fact that 90% of startups fail means that there are loads of brilliant business ideas out there that simply never materialize into anything meaningful, and a lot of talent and ambition is wasted.

“We want to make sure that IOTA entrepreneurs have the best possible chance of success. Some of the most exciting technological developments of our time are fueled by IOTA technology, and we’re looking forward to playing a part in bringing some of those ideas to market.”

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About Nova:

Nova is a Liverpool-based tech cofoundery, launched in 2014. It partners with entrepreneurs to turn ideas into successful, scalable tech startups, in sectors including healthtech, fintech and eGaming. With no personal capital investment required, Nova provides entrepreneurs with mentorship, guidance and funding. It invests at the ideas stage, and through its team of 20+ startup mentors — plus over 200 designers, software engineers and marketers globally — it takes startups from idea, to product, to market. Nova becomes a 50/50 business partner at the end of year one. Its startup success rate is six times higher than the industry average. www.wearenova.co.uk

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


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Welcome Corey Glick to IOTA Foundation!

Welcome Corey Glick to IOTA Foundation!

19:38 - 15/02/2019

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Welcome Corey Glick to IOTA Foundation

Corey Glick is an entrepreneur, former strategy consultant, and program manager, who has more than nine years of experience advising global business leaders on how to transform themselves, their companies and the systems in which they operate. Corey joins the business development team as a senior advisor.

Corey Glick has been working internationally at the forefront of cleantech and emerging technologies, helping organizations explore new, digital business models.

Prior to joining the IOTA Foundation, Corey was a Director at Xynteo, a management consultancy focused on sustainable development and business model innovation. In his role as Director, he managed the development of multi-stakeholder projects, and, most recently, he led the design, development, and growth of an AI-based, flex-work matching platform.

Corey joins the IOTA Foundation’s Business Development team where he will be driving market engagement and co-creation initiatives. He is originally from New York and will be helping to grow the team in Oslo, Norway.

During his free time, you can find him doing high-intensity interval training, completing logic games or learning Norwegian (which makes his fiancé, Veldig, glad).

On joining IOTA

The environmental and technological challenges of the 21st century are large and complex. I was drawn to IOTA because of its potential to change the world by transforming how we connect, interact and exchange data in nearly every context imaginable, including smart cities, connected mobility, decentralized energy, and eHealth.
The convergence of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), offers tremendous opportunity to reinvent business. I was impressed with how the IOTA Foundation is working with leaders across industries to accelerate existing solutions and develop new partnerships and business models for the Economy of Things.
I am excited to join the IOTA Foundation — and to be a part of this journey.

Corey brings deep expertise in disruptive technologies, strategy, and platform development to the IOTA Foundation. With his diverse background in consulting and start-ups, we are looking forward to working with him to accelerate market development and engagement. Please give him a warm welcome!


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ElaadNL Develops Autonomous Self-Balancing Power Grid Using IOTA

ElaadNL Develops Autonomous Self-Balancing Power Grid Using IOTA

18:19 - 15/02/2019

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Grid Uses IOTA Tangle Technology For Machine to Machine (M2M) Communication; Machines Pay Each other in Tokens as Incentive to Comply

(Arnhem, the Netherlands— February 15, 2019) — ElaadNL, the smart charging infrastructure lab founded by Dutch grid operators, has devised a Proof of Concept (PoC) that demonstrates how smart grids can autonomously balance energy consumption using IOTA technology. The PoC, created at the ElaadNL test lab, shares data securely via the IOTA Tangle and lets the charging devices themselves decide if they want to help balance the grid load or not. By charging electric vehicles at a slower speed or during an off-peak time, the charging stations earn a small fee in IOTA tokens. The system runs itself — no human interaction is needed.

A video on this energy balancing PoC by Harm van den Brink and Ton Smets, at the Dutch IOTA meet-up in Amsterdam last month, is available here.

Although advances have been made to use less energy in our daily lives, the truth is that electrically-charged vehicles, heat pumps and the multitude of electronic devices can lead to major increases in our daily energy consumption. ElaadNL seeks to solve these challenges by using IOTA as the underlying technology.

“This proof of concept shows a possible future electricity system, where energy is shared amongst neighbors and de-centralized islands are capable of balancing itself. We are using our electricity grid in a totally different way than we did 50 years ago. We went from only consuming to also producing energy. We are demanding more energy at peak times, and when the sun is shining we have a surplus of energy. This all should be dealt with in real time. Our solution is a first step in that direction. With our proof of concept, we are showing that this can be done, although future development is required to actually put this in the grid,” said Harm van den Brink, IT Architect Smart Grids & Electric Vehicles, ElaadNL and advisor to IOTA Foundation and advisor to IOTA Foundation.

The grid in this PoC will connect all devices to a particular area of the grid, along with the transformer supplying energy. Transformers typically have one feeding cable and multiple outgoing cables connecting multiple homes and other devices, like charging stations for electric vehicles. If a cable reaches its limit, or the sum of the cables exceeds what the transformer can deliver, the transformer can request all connected devices to lower their energy demands. The devices can choose to follow that direction or not, as they are totally free. The incentive to comply is the small fee for reducing demand. If one or more devices lowers its energy usage, they receive a few tokens of the IOTA cryptocurrency. As a result, a self-balancing grid of smart devices communicating with each other outside of human interaction is created.

About ElaadNL

Knowledge and innovation center ElaadNL researches and tests the possibilities for Smart Charging: charging electric vehicles in a reliable, affordable and sustainable way. ElaadNL is an initiative of the joint Dutch grid operators. For more information, visit www.elaad.nl

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


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On stress tests and improving the IOTA networks

On stress tests and improving the IOTA networks

17:56 - 12/02/2019

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The stress tests over the past few weeks probably have not escaped (m)any of you. Be it due to the numbers they produced, or the discussions surrounding them.

The IOTA Foundation considers stress tests to be an indispensable part of the network for multiple reasons:

  • They allow us to evaluate the overall state of the network(s).
  • They yield extremely useful data to analyze.
  • They elucidate bottlenecks in the node software, IRI.
  • They allow us to collaborate with some of the most dedicated members of our community — the spammers.

Why we haven’t organized any stress tests recently

The IRI team — the team responsible for the performance and health of the Tangle — has discussed stress testing the network on numerous occasions last year. However, we chose to focus our efforts on finalizing additions like local snapshots and making other important improvements instead.

Once local snapshots were released, we resurrected the whole discussion and have come up with a plan. We have decided to start stress testing the Mainnet in phases, with the first phase taking place this March. This, we believe, gives us enough time to fix the current issues with the 1.6.0 IRI build, before attempting any extreme load on the network.

The first phase will happen on a portion of the Mainnet network for which we will be laying the foundations in the coming weeks. We are calling this “the Mirrornet” (but in this case it is more of a one-way mirror). This arrangement will allow us to both mimic the Mainnet environment faithfully enough, and at the same time relieve some stress from the rest of the Mainnet. At least in this phase.

The first phase will allow us to identify and fix the most obvious bottlenecks and issues, as well as adjust the spamming patterns, before we unleash traffic onto the rest of the network. That means there will be some delay between the phases for us to analyze the results and act accordingly.

We will coordinate with community spammers and the rest of the community on specific dates for the individual phases.

Do we welcome community stress testing the networks?

We do. And we appreciate all the effort you guys put into this. At the end of the day, we are building a permissionless ecosystem. The network needs to be resilient to any kind of behavior, and if it is not, we at least know where we need to improve.

Do we stay calm during these network events? Of course not. It is a strange mix of stress and excitement. I imagine engineers who are responsible for car safety feel similar when the car they have been working on for years is about to undergo crash tests. A stress on the Mainnet puts us on display, it surfaces issues we did not know about and it emphasizes the ones we did know about.

Improving the networks

We have a number of solutions planned ahead to improve the node software — many of the improvements are short-term and will be visible right away. Other improvements are long-term, but also extremely important, like making the IRI code more adaptive, easier to maintain and safer to release. Improvements like these are not immediately visible, but will more than pay off in the long term. Gal, the team lead of IRI, has been putting a lot of effort into improving the code standard to achieve this.

As an example, an immediately-visible improvement should be how nodes handle getTransactionsToApprove and other API calls. But IRI in general needs to become more stable, less resource hungry, and able to process more transactions. Optimizing the way we hash incoming transactions is just one piece of the puzzle.

Stress tests on the Mainnet should be a norm. We will organize and perform stress tests on a regular basis and after releases that are targeted at improving node throughput. The purpose of this is to evaluate the progress we make and to make ourselves more accountable to the community. After each test, we will focus on improvements and analyzing the results and the data it yields. What happens in between the tests with regards to spam is of course up to anyone — we expect community stress tests to be run as the community sees fit.

Please make sure you join the discussion on the IOTA Discord server here. If you are interested in stress tests in particular, the #tanglespam channel is a good place to be.

You are more than welcome to set up your own node and become a part of the network, please check out the IRI repo. To see development updates on the node software, check out the #IRI-discussion channel, and be on the lookout for our regular tech updates on this blog.


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IOTA (MIOTA) Price Recovering: tmForum and Catching the Hacker

IOTA (MIOTA) Price Recovering: tmForum and Catching the Hacker

11:02 - 07/02/2019

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The team working on the considered leader of the third gen of cryptocurrencies that do not rely on mining and other mechanisms similar to traditional digital coins – IOTA Foundation became a member of tmForum. Recommended to read: IOTA (MIOTA) Coin Story! IOTA joined the crypto-world in 2015 with the work of David Sønstebø, Dominik Schiener, Dr. […]

IOTA Newsletter #7 — Global Trade & Supply Chain Tracking, Local Snapshots, Documentation Portal &…

IOTA Newsletter #7 — Global Trade & Supply Chain Tracking, Local Snapshots, Documentation Portal &…

17:26 - 04/02/2019

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IOTA Newsletter #7 — Global Trade & Supply Chain Tracking, Local Snapshots, Documentation Portal & more

Applying IOTA in Global Trade and Supply Chains: Mission Possible

Trade facilitation, track & trace, provenance… There are many opportunities to apply Distributed Ledger Technologies to international trade and build true innovation.
Read more…

Recent News

IRI 1.6.0 with Local Snapshots out now!
Faster synchronization, lower system resource requirements, and no more waiting for global snapshots to prune the database.
Read more…

Welcome to the new IOTA Documentation Portal
Check out the new Documentation Portal and watch the video on how to find all the information you need — both for experienced developers and beginners.
Read more…

Energinet and the IOTA Foundation to Drive Internet of Things Integration in the Energy Ecosystem
Main Danish Energy Operator, Energinet, to drive Internet of Things integration in the energy ecosystem with IOTA.
Read more…

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VIDEO: Watch how IOTA Tangle Technology will Impact the Future of the Global Supply Chains
Watch it…

IOTA Foundation Partners with Crypto Storage AG to offer the first Institutional-Grade IOTA Token Storage Infrastructure Solution
Private and public investors, as well as institutional investors and beneficiaries, can now better than ever before securely manage access to their IOTA tokens.
Read more…

IOTA Community Assists Local Authorities with Arrest of Fraud Suspect for Creating a Fake Seed Generator
Europol announces arrest of 36-year-old individual on suspicion of tricking token holders to reveal private seeds, granting the culprit access to vulnerable wallets.
Read more…

A Message from the Board

The IOTA Foundation thanks Gur Huberman for his valuable contribution as a research scientist and member of the research council. During his time at the IOTA Foundation, Gur provided valuable insights on economic incentives of DLTs. Unfortunately, Gur’s sabbatical from teaching at Columbia Business School is now coming to an end and he will leave his position at the IOTA Foundation.

In case you missed it…


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IOTA Community Assists Local Authorities with Arrest of Fraud Suspect for Creating a Fake Seed…

IOTA Community Assists Local Authorities with Arrest of Fraud Suspect for Creating a Fake Seed…

16:57 - 04/02/2019

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IOTA Community Assists Local Authorities with Arrest of Fraud Suspect for Creating a Fake Seed Generator

Cryptocurrency Community Helps to Clean Up Crypto Theft Circle

On January 23, 2019, Europol released information on the arrest of a 36-year-old man they have on suspicion of fraud, perpetrated against the members of the IOTA community and others. This was a significant and extremely unfortunate event that, thanks to a collaborative effort from law enforcement and the IOTA community, is now being brought to justice.

Timeline

From what we have learned and has been reported, we have pieced together the following sequence of events. On January 19, 2018, criminals began moving tokens en masse from compromised wallets. For at least six months prior, a fraudulent seed generator website had been used to collect individual user seeds. The news surfaced in the Discord #support channel, with users reporting that their wallets were emptied. The #IOTA community quickly came to the rescue and tried to safeguard funds whenever possible. It continued for several days and, in the meantime, the news spread like wildfire.

It is no secret that the event struck the IOTA Foundation, which was, at the time, in its very early days. Many new team members were getting onboarded, structures were being built, processes were in development. The Foundation started only a few months earlier, with only the founders and the core developers on board.

Over the next weeks, IOTA Foundation helped law enforcement wherever possible by delivering time and resources. In that period, the HelloIOTA forum reached out and started another forum to collect all victim data, which quickly became flooded with information. Alexa and Winston from the HelloIOTA forum contacted the Foundation, and together, a reporting format was developed.

The victims started to get a central voice, and the gathered information was handed over to the German police. The IOTA Foundation remained in close contact with the HelloIOTA members and the police to provide assistance. Meetings with police staff took place to inform them on the technology, analyze leads and inform them on routes to explore. Within a few months, the investigation had progressed and it became clear where the malice started.

From that time on, patience was the only tool available. The legal machinery continued to progress. Since this became an international affair, it was clear that it would take some time.

Even during periods of silence, the communication lines with the authorities of different departments in different regions remained open.

What’s next?

Patience is paramount at this time, as everyone is entitled to have a fair trial and defense. If you believe you are a victim that has not come forward or feel you have information related to this investigation, please reach out to the local police.

On behalf of the IOTA Foundation, we are proud to see collaboration between so many different entities lead to this arrest, and are grateful that this very serious issue is moving towards a resolution. We would like to thank:

  • The IOTA community, especially the people on Discord #support channel
  • The HelloIOTA forum, special thanks to Alexa and Winston
  • The German police for their excellent collaboration
  • The crypto exchanges that assisted with valuable information

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IOTA Foundation: Majority of the Stollen $11 Million in MIOTA Has Been Found

IOTA Foundation: Majority of the Stollen $11 Million in MIOTA Has Been Found

10:15 - 31/01/2019

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In a recent interview with Reuters, IOTA Co-founder and Co-Chairman of its Board, Dominik Schiener, stated that a good percentage of the stolen $11 Million MIOTA tokens taken from users’ wallets had been recovered. He also explained that the funds are being held by the authorities as evidence against the sole perpetrator of the ‘heist’. […]

Energinet and the IOTA Foundation to Drive Internet of Things Integration in the Energy Ecosystem

Energinet and the IOTA Foundation to Drive Internet of Things Integration in the Energy Ecosystem

21:02 - 30/01/2019

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Energinet and the IOTA Foundation (IOTA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in experimentation with the IOTA Tangle in the IoT and energy market domains.

Energinet is an independent public enterprise owned by the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. Its core services center on electricity and gas transmission, including gas distribution and storage. With the goal of accelerating the green energy transition, Energinet has been exploring concepts of digital trust and distributed ledger technologies (DLT), and is now collaborating with the IOTA Foundation to explore the IOTA Tangle, an open-source, permissionless distributed ledger technology.

The IOTA Tangle is the first open-source distributed ledger specifically being built to power the future of the Internet of Things (IoT), with feeless microtransactions and data integrity for connected devices and machines. Since November 2017, IOTA has been running the Data Marketplace initiative with the participation of Energinet and several industrial and IT companies.

After running tests on distributed identities, Energinet is now shifting toward exploring the potential of IoT devices integrated with the electricity markets with the IOTA Tangle. Energinet and IOTA will explore and test the possible use of IOTA in creating new products and services in the energy system centered on using IoT devices to accelerate the green energy transition, e.g. to manage heat pumps and electric vehicles towards using energy when there is an abundance of green energy in the grid. This collaboration will include services applicable to Energy and adjacent areas such as smart cities, smart buildings and mobility. This will be done through joint Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) and participation in collaborative IOTA initiatives.

André Bryde Alnor, Market Developer in Energinet — “As part of our journey to a digitized, green energy system, we know that we have to bridge the gap between the fast developments in IoT technology, being implemented on both household and industry level, and the centralized systems of the European energy system.”

“IOTA Foundation develops a cost efficient and scalable protocol that can enable Energinet’s ambition regarding developments across identity management, data access delegation, digital twins and data marketplaces. To make this happen, IOTA is eager to catalyze Energinet’s effort in research and experimentation within both tech and behavioral design. We look very much forward to shaping together an open and collaborative ecosystem.” — Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda, Business Development Director at the IOTA Foundation

About Energinet

Energinet is an independent public enterprise owned by the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy. Energinet owns, operate and develop the transmission systems for electricity and natural gas in Denmark.

Energinet wants to accelerate the green energy transition and increase the operation efficiency of the electricity and gas grids. The Danish electricity and gas grid is already among the most green systems in the world with 40.5% wind and solar power in the electricity system and 9% biogas in the gas system as of December 2018. To transform the system to a 100% climate neutral system by 2050 (electricity grid 100% green by 2030), new and innovative solutions are needed. To accelerate this development, Energinet takes lead or participates in a number of R&D activities toward this goal.

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 micropayments, and the collection and dissemination of sensor-based and other types of data. http://www.iota.org


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Welcome to the new IOTA documentation portal

Welcome to the new IOTA documentation portal

18:56 - 30/01/2019

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As you probably know, we have been working on a new user experience for our documentation portal. We are now releasing the first version of the portal. There are still many things that we want to build into the portal in the not-too-far-off future. But we believe this first version will already make learning about and building on top of IOTA a much better experience.

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Enjoy a more streamlined experience, in line with the IOTA ecosystem.

We wanted to make sure the look and feel of the website is what you’re used to when using our wallet, Trinity, or visiting the main website.

Documentation portal landing page

We have also built a whole new stylesheet with reusable components, to make developing other experiences in the IOTA ecosystem a breeze.

Have a much better user experience, both mobile and wide-screen desktop.

The website is built to be usable whether you are on the go, or building great things in your office! Individual elements adjust as you’d expect to provide a great reading experience.

Search for the information you need

Convenient information discovery is one of the most important parts of a great documentation portal. We’ve implemented search that works flawlessly on desktop and mobile.

Searching for content

Go through the content from basic to advanced in a book-like reading fashion.

Some of the input we received during our community developer interviews was that you enjoy book-like reading in documentation. We made this happen in the portal, and you can go from one page to the following in a logical flow. The site will guide you through your learning experience.

Reading content in a book-like fashion

Provide feedback on the content you visit.

We’re always interested in getting your feedback on the content you’re interested in. You can now submit feedback for every page on the site. We’ll make sure to use this input to improve the content. So if there’s something missing, or if you like what you read, please let us know!

Read on some of the newly added content.

We’ve been hard at work adding more content these past few weeks. As well as improving the existing content, like the IRI documentation.

Even more guides and examples are coming in the near future, but for now, be sure to check the new docs for Hub and for Compass.

Contribute

As always, we are more than happy if you contribute to our documentation. You can find all the content hosted on the documentation- repository. See our contribution guidelines for more information on how to contribute.

What’s next:

Work on the portal will be an ongoing process and we already have plans for the near future:

  • Support for suggesting specific changes to existing content.
  • Further improving, and speeding up the search experience.
  • Changing up labeling of existing content to be more accessible to new users.
  • Building scenarios that run directly in the browser. So you can learn and try new things right away.
  • And more!

Make sure you visit the new documentation portal! And thanks to everyone, especially our focus group, for their feedback during the development.

A huge thanks goes to the development team that worked on this feature; Alexey Sobolev, Andrew Brough, Casper Eicke Frederiksen, Giorgio. E. Mandolfo, Lewis Freiberg, Max Appel, Jake Cahill, Marwen Trabelsi, Martyn Janes, Rihard Gravis, S. D. Nelson, and others in the IF!

Please join the discussion in the #Documentation channel of the IOTA Discord server.


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Applying IOTA in Global Trade and Supply Chains: Mission Possible

Applying IOTA in Global Trade and Supply Chains: Mission Possible

18:23 - 28/01/2019

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Trade facilitation, track & trace, provenance… There are many opportunities to apply Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) to international trade and build true innovation. An innovation leveraging the features offered by DLTs, can address current business challenges, create more efficient systems while also establishing the grounds for new business models in the future. See also the earlier blogpost: The Challenges Facing Today’s Supply Chains.

In the past few months the IOTA Foundation has engaged with a large number of stakeholders and discussed a variety of problems that IOTA’s technology could help solve. We have identified Minimum Viable Ecosystems of actors, and engaged in piloting activities, starting with small Proof of Concepts, all part of a bigger effort aiming to revolutionize the trade community and bring trade processes into the 21st Century. As result of these activities, we have learned where and how IOTA can be integrated with existing systems to add an interoperable trust layer for data exchange. The IOTA Foundation has supported partners to use IOTA technologies and created general guidelines and blueprints that will help other interested parties to replicate similar and more advanced solutions by using IOTA open source code. We will like to share some examples and guidelines for IT developers to get started, and for trade practitioners and policy makers to be inspired; see end of this blogpost.

DEMO — INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND CONTAINER FLOWS

Try the demo

The demo allows the tracking of a container as it moves between different ports and across borders. The presented process has been simplified for demonstration purposes as it introduces only four different actors in this supply chain.This includes the Shipper, a Forwarder, the Customs officials and the Port operator. For them to plan and operate as effectively as possible, high real-time visibility on the current status of the container (the location, whether it is cleared for export, loaded on the vessel, gate-out of the Port, etc) is needed as well as access to key trade documents (Packing list, Certificate of Origin, Bill of Lading, etc.) about the container’s content. For refrigerated containers(refers) transporting perishable goods, there is also the option to monitor the temperature during transportation.

This demo was developed to illustrate how easily such visibility could be obtained by using the IOTA Tangle and the 2nd Layer Masked Authenticated Messaging (MAM) protocol, creating an environment where 1) different actors can have different access privileges (i.e. read/write); and 2) all events, documents, and data are stored securely onto the IOTA ledger with highest level of integrity and insured authenticity.

The IOTA Tangle allows the different actors to share a single source of truth, not owned nor controlled by any of the involved actors or an external party. IOTA Tangle provides a trusted ledger where any information that has been uploaded cannot unknowingly be tampered with. All actors can trust that any information is the original information. If any data is changed at a later stage, they would automatically be alerted. Moreover, the information owner approves what will be visible to respective actors.

Try the demo here: https://tradedemo.iota.org/

TRACKING OF RECYCLABLE ASSETS

Using the same demo and code as the starting point, it is possible to build new business models for very different supply chain problems. For example, the IOTA Foundation has partnered up with the IBCS Group to show how the technology can be used for tracking recyclable assets within an industry.

We looked at the glass industry and the very expensive racks that are needed to safely transport the fragile glass/windows between manufactures, distributors, and logistic companies. As various producers are circulating identical assets (racks) in between their stakeholders, the desire and problem of having them returned is obvious across the entire industry. However using a centralized database for the whole ecosystem to record custody-of-the-assets is not possible as it will also reveal proprietary knowledge about each other’s customer base. However, applying IOTA as a tracking layer ensures only rightful owners receive information of owned assets without any unauthorized party being able to gather or access central recordings of the full ecosystem.

Learn more about the case at IBCS’s website: https://www.ibcstracker.com/en/

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF A NEW TRADE SYSTEM

To guide decision-makers, trade practitioners and IT developers keen to innovate trade processes, please find links below to the Blueprints of the two solutions, including links to Github for accessing open source code.

Track & Trace Blueprint: https://github.com/michelenati/IOTA-Blueprints/blob/master/IF-Blueprint-TrackandTrace.pdf

International Trade demo: https://github.com/michelenati/IOTA-Blueprints/blob/master/IF-Blueprint-International_Trade_demo.pdf


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IOT/USD Price Analysis: If the Future is IoT, IOTA is King

IOT/USD Price Analysis: If the Future is IoT, IOTA is King

11:30 - 25/01/2019

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Latest IOTA News Internet of Things and IoT are synonymous and aside from talk of centralization, Coordinator and Coordicide, the IOTA Foundation has a penchant for advancing solutions for real world problems. This has been one of their many salient features and part of the reason why IOTA continues to attract talent. The native coin, […]

Europol Arrests Suspect Behind the Theft of $11.3 Million in IOTA (MIOTA)

Europol Arrests Suspect Behind the Theft of $11.3 Million in IOTA (MIOTA)

13:24 - 24/01/2019

Ethereumworldnews

A collaborative effort between the UK’s South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), the Hessen State Police in Germany, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and Europol, has successfully identified and arrested a male suspect in connection with a case of fraud, theft and money laundering that resulted in the theft of around €10 million (Approximately […]

Crypto Latest News: Binance Launches OTC Trading Service, XRP Whale Surfaces, IOTA Scammer Arrested, And Monero (XMR) Drops Again

Crypto Latest News: Binance Launches OTC Trading Service, XRP Whale Surfaces, IOTA Scammer Arrested, And Monero (XMR) Drops Again

13:05 - 24/01/2019

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The latest crypto news brings both hopeful announcements and not so positive ones. Here are the latest main events in the cryptosphere regarding Binance, Ripple, IOTA, and Monero. Binance Binance just launched an over the counter OTC trading service for institutional investors which supports more than 80 cryptos. OTC trades are usually pairing two parties that want … Continue reading "Crypto Latest News: Binance Launches OTC Trading Service, XRP Whale Surfaces, IOTA Scammer Arrested, And Monero (XMR) Drops Again"

IOTA Entangled Update — Jan. 22

IOTA Entangled Update — Jan. 22

15:15 - 23/01/2019

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IOTA Entangled — Update Jan. 22

As the New Year begins it is a great time to plan the future of Entangled. First, what is Entangled? Entangled is a monorepo for all things Tangle that add functionality for operating IOTA in C/C++.

If you would like to keep up to date with the project, the repo can be found and starred here: https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled

Why make IOTA C-based? The primary reason is our focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). Many of these small form-factor devices run on very efficient and small program sizes which are C-based. To make IOTA the leading Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) for IoT, it is a natural step for the Foundation to provide support for them.

During the first quarter of 2019 the team is focusing on developing the foundations for practical applications of our technology — and ideally have IOTA running on various types of C-based test hardware.

Under cIRI we will be focusing on completing the HTTP API — a checkConsistency endpoint is required for supporting further compass (https://github.com/iotaledger/compass) security features. We need to build our Event System for extendability and modularization, support TCP connections for added compatibility, and develop a gRPC Event System Server for a better developer environment.

In addition we are looking to get cIRI on a RTOS proof-of-concept to validate this technology in a “real world” application. We will of course also be looking at performance improvements and any cleanup as necessary.

In regards to CClient, our main focus in the first quarter will be to cover all JS API commands and perform some necessary cleanup. After this is complete, we will be doing various rounds of embedded Proof-of-Concept (PoC) work which will be shared on the blog.

Another major focus of this first quarter is MAM. Work surrounding MAM is primarily aimed at improving the performance and security of the first production release. We are currently reviewing the new, updated codebase and are looking to integrate this new codebase as well as create a flexible abstraction layer. This will lead to multiple PoCs to follow the theme of practical uses of the technology and validate the implementation of the new codebase.

Other things the team will be working on in the first quarter include rewriting the TangleScope, reviewing any requirements needed for Hub, Flash port to C, and investigating PermaNodes. We will be sharing further blog posts as these tasks become more clear.

Current Open PRs:

MAM

  • https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/706
  • https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/704

CClient

  • https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/700
  • https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/629
  • https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/540
  • https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/457

cIRI

  • https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/679
  • https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/260

Other

  • Perceptive Node: https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/671
  • Containers: https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/667
  • Memset: https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/290
  • URI Parser: https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/204
  • iOS Frameworks: https://github.com/iotaledger/entangled/pull/26

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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.