Cattle herding and biological carbon sequestring with robots

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This post is related to the post about Australian bushfires. It dives deeper into the possibilities IOTA offers regarding solutions mentioned there. Over time we’ll develop this into a usecase that can explored in a hackathon.

The basic idea here is that we use natural mechanisms to capture CO2, balance water supply, and manage grassland, but use (autonomous) robots to manage these processes. One of the main reasons robots are essential is the absence of predators in many ecosystems1.

For more information read on the mechanism read this part of the post, or read the free sample chapter describing the origin and it’s current implementation.

The role a distributed ledger like IOTA could play

IOTA is a feeless microtransactions and data integrity protocol, designed for the future of the Internet of Things. It is decentralized in order to allow it to scale beyond what centralized organizations can do.

Instruct and pay machines

Machines need to know where the fenceposts should be moved next. IOTA’s data capability can reliably transmit messages to the machines in the field. Vice versa the machines can transmit data about the environment back to us, for processing and monitoring. When machines become capable of (near-) fully autonomous behavior, they can be paid for their services with IOTA’s micro-transactions. The machine can use this money to buy energy, information, spare parts/repairs, or internet connection.

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