Integrating physical devices with IOTA — Car-IOTA Part 1
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Integrating physical devices with IOTA — Car-IOTA Part 1The 12th part in a series of beginner tutorials on integrating physical devices with the IOTA protocol.Introduction
This is the 12th part in a series of beginner tutorials where we explore integrating physical devices with the IOTA protocol. This time we will look at simplifying and automating payments for typical car related services such as parking, toll-road, washing etc. using the IOTA protocol.
I decided to make this a two part tutorial as i believe there are multiple ways of approaching this use-case. Each with its own advantages and disadvantages. More about that later.
In this first tutorial we will try to solve the use-case by utilizing a technology commonly referred to as Automatic License Plate Recognition, or ALPR for short.
The Use Case
In the back of our hotel there is a parking facility available for hotel guests and staff. Lately there have been problems with both authorized and unauthorized people using the parking facility without paying the required parking fees. Our hotel owner believes that this is related to the current manual and complicated process for handling parking fees. If only there was an automated system that could take care of collecting parking fees without bothering his guests or staff. After all, the current situation is loosing him money together with making his guests and staff frustrated. Something must be done.
The solution proposed in this tutorial is based on the idea that the hotel owner issues IOTA tokens and manages the SEEDS for his guests and staff. This idea was discussed in a previous tutorial where we looked at using RFID technology when paying for various services at the hotel. I suggest you quickly browse through these tutorials as an introduction to how is might work.
Before we start looking at the coding for this project, we should take a step back and look at the overall concept and the various components used.