The Trusted IoT Alliance – a consortium of more than 50 companies collaborating to build open source trusted systems for IoT with blockchain and related technologies – and MachNation, an independent IoT research and benchmarking firm, have partnered on an initiative to stage a series of Trusted IoT Challenges worldwide.
Four initial challenges will take place over the next 18 months:
- Smart Logistics – using identity mechanisms to set up information sharing between participants in logistics value chains on a need-to-know basis;
- Smart E-Mobility – enabling seamless mobility services for Electric Vehicles (EVs),and connecting smart grids, smart homes, and EVs for transparent energy billing;
- Smart Buildings – optimizing building performance for security, automation and efficiency; and,
- Smart Construction – combining innovation of IoT Solutions for Smart Construction with trusted technologies.
All of these challenges have the following questions in common:
- How can IoT help solve the connectivity challenges in each vertical?
- What kind of identity is required to track any sets of objects – cars, containers, assets – in each vertical?
- How is the trust between providers, customers and partners upheld?
- What kind of payment infrastructure is required?
- How are the regulatory and compliance requirements addressed, especially across borders?
“The intent of the challenges is to spur innovation by combining blockchain and related technologies and IoT while developing roadmaps, templates, standards and guidelines,” said Zaki Manian, executive director of TIoTA. “Output from the challenges will help provide best practices and deliverables in the blockchain for IoT space and bring visibility to the Proof of Concept work underway at the Alliance and in the industry. We are looking forward to working with MachNation as we drive the industry forward.”
Smart E-Mobility is the first challenge and online registration is available. Bosch is co-sponsoring the challenge and providing test equipment and field trial support. Winners will gain direct access to the Enterprise members of the Alliance to develop products and services based on the winning designs, including a paid Proof of Concept. An overall winner will be awarded in each category, along with Best Business Contribution, Best Technical Contribution, and Best Usability, depending on the challenge.