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What’s Next: Current IOTA R&D Projects

We’ve been working very hard the last few months to organize ourselves and our teams, and today I’d like to share a little bit of insight into how this all translates into our Research & Engineering plans for the coming months.First things first— this post is meant only to give some insight into what is going on behind the scenes. It doesn’t go into much detail, but that will be happening soon on our main website, iota.org. (nb. I really liked the Trinity-style roadmap, developed by one of our amazing community…

IOTA Newsletter #1 — Summer Summit, UN Field Workers & EU Smart Cities

IOTA Newsletter #1 — Summer Summit, UN Field Workers & EU Smart CitiesSumSum’18For 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,…

Welcome Fahad Sheikh to the IOTA Foundation

Fahad Sheikh is currently working as a consultant with a Fortune 500 client based in Cupertino and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Washington. His interests and work involve defining and improving processes to increase operational efficiency and enhance customer experience. On Joining IOTA As a long time community member and believer in IOTA’s potential, I take this opportunity as a great honor and privilege. As an Online Community Liaison, my goal is to serve as a bridge between the community…

IOTA: A first real-world use case demonstrated in Peru

Learning our A, B, Cs… and TsThe Tangle, which is the data structure behind IOTA, is a particular kind of directed graph, which holds transactions. Each transaction is represented as a vertex in the graph. When a new transaction joins the tangle, it chooses two previous transactions to approve, adding two new edges to the graph. Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) — Tangle This structure of DLT, known as Distributed Acyclic Graph (DAG), used by the IOTA Foundation has solved a couple of critically important limitations found…

A note on IOTA current status: keeping my feet in Cluster0land

Some days ago the outstanding Come From Beyond published an article addressing Economic Clustering and (indirectly) Network Bound Proof of Work as his futuristic vision of how IOTA will work in some years.This is always good brain food and I spent up to 30 hs. doing some research on what this Network Bound PoW was with the help of several IF/IEN friends.To put it shortly, Come From Beyond piece addresses a solution to the scalability issue on IOTA by presenting an Economic Clustering model in which you have the…

A developer’s vision of Qubic

Disclaimer: The information below is my own personal understanding of Q. This article is written to convey my ideas about how Q could be implemented from a developers mindset. Please feel free to discuss, improve upon and work with me to generate ideas and develop solutions. Also please bear with me because English is my 2nd language. Way-back 2010, I started developing apps to share with the world. But during those times, the tool and framework available does not cater my requirement to execute and complete my ideas.In…

A Q&A WITH YOSHIYUKI YAMAMOTO ON UNOPS COLLABORATION WITH IOTA

Following the announcement of UNOPS new partnership with IOTA, we caught up with our resident blockchain expert to hear more about the collaboration, and the exciting potential Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) could have for enhancing UNOPS operations.WHAT IS DISTRIBUTED LEDGER TECHNOLOGY?Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) uses independent computers (known as nodes) to record, share and synchronize transactions in their respective electronic ledgers – across institutions and geographies – as opposed to…

Identity of Things based on IOTA tangle.

While waiting for Jinn, that will allow micro IoT device to calculate quantum resistant signature of their transactions, I’ve been involved in an IoT project that need high level of security of many different aspects.IOTA already provides a powerful tool for publishing data on the tangle: Masked Authenticated Messaging or MAM.Unfortunately, MAM is perfect for all those situations where a single data source needs to securely publish data to many receivers.In those cases where data is provided by a single source…

Blockchain: a boon for logistics?

Logistics is one of the world’s biggest industries. It is the backbone of the world’s major manufacturing facilities, which depend on the movement of goods to the right place at the right time. Over the years, most industries have experienced rapid innovation – for example consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace, and pharmaceutical – yet logistics has typically tended to lag behind. Challenges in the logistics industry The logistics industry is currently facing the following key challenges:Too much paperwork: The…

Trinity Wallet Update – 11th June

With the launch of Mobile beta it makes sense to change the format of the weekly update. I’ll give a general summary of what the team has been working on over the last week.On mobile, attention has been on mitigating any pressing issues identified since beta release and finalising the remaining changes for the UI overhaul. Beta testers highlighted a number of minor security/privacy concerns; including the ability to screenshot seeds, failure to hide seeds from the app thumbnail when minimised and failure to hide…

Triggering Email alerts from the IOTA Tangle

The DIY Guide I recently came across a new project called Totangle. Totangle integrates the tangle with Zapier, which allows you to integrate things happening on the tangle to your existing APIs or workflows. The first use case they present is setting up an email alert when you get a payment on the tangle.Inspired by this, and also needing this tool myself (I want to get alerts when I receive tips from my Medium articles, without having to constantly keep my wallet open), I thought I’d see if I could make an open source…

IOTA in OTA An Exploration of IOTA Use Cases in the New Mobility by Alexander Renz

By 2020 industry experts expect more than 250 million connected vehicles on the road. As software plays an ever-increasing role in future vehicles, remote software up-date capabilities become critically important. Following the disclosure of the Volkswagen Group project with the IOTA Foundation on Over-the-Air (OTA) updates, we want to further explore some of the related applications of the IOTA protocol and its modules.Alexander Renz, Director New Mobility Lab and Advisor of the IOTA FoundationWhat is OTA?Most people…

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