These are serious concerns, especially if blockchains are to usher in the kind of post-industrial revolution that its advocates are predicting. Most of us can’t even protect our passwords, much less our private keys; the idea of integrating a corporation with thousands of employees with a high-tech blockchain seems about as realistic as training a cow to trade derivatives.
In 2016, Kevin Stoddard, a managing partner, had a problem. InControl’s customers required sensors on several equipment distributed across multiple sites and locations. To accomplish this, InControl needed a cost-effective solution fast. They also needed this solution to be intuitive for the equipment owners, highly secure, and broadly capable of delivering custom analytics to clients around the world.
Fuel delivery has always had some built-in inefficiency. Like most fuel and lubricant distributors, Retif Oil & Fuel followed a keep full model when restocking fuel tanks and was spending too much money topping off customer fuel tanks and making emergency deliveries. Without an accurate view of customer fuel stocks it was impossible to determine who needed fuel or how much they actually needed.
WIN-911’s partner product ALERT is a key element in the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system “FabView” from Air Liquide. Air Liquide is the second largest supplier of industrial gasses in the world. This SCADA alarm notification system is specifically designed to monitor, among other things, the distribution of gas in a semiconductor manufacturing plant located in Dresden Germany. Like most operations of its type, this facility can’t afford much downtime in its distribution facility. If ALERT detects a leak in a pipeline, the system evaluates how severe the leak is and transfers the data back to the central site or home office. Once the information is back in the main office, the SCADA alert system then transcribes the data into understandable messages to which employees can respond appropriately.
The researchers know from past experience that some banks do take security of their mobile applications seriously. These are the banks the researchers work with on a daily basis. Given no application in the sample set achieved an A or B rating, it emphasises how much in the minority these banks are.
Best Buy wanted to quickly develop and deploy apps to achieve business goals. Also, create apps that are scalable and low-maintenance.
Prior to EVRYTHNG's services, it was considered an unavoidable and unsolvable problem to to rapidly test and scale applications to deliver traceability, transparency, authenticity and reward tokens to customers through distributed ledger technology (DLT).
Current wifi, the kind that has become widely adopted, has large latency and very small bandwidth. Quantenna and Greenwave Systems partnered to find an efficient and cost-effective solution.
The Internet of Things is an $800 billion industry, with over 8.4 billion connected devices online, and spending predicted to reach nearly $1.4 trillion by 2021 . Most of these devices need to connect to the Internet to function. However, current solutions such as cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth are suboptimal: they are too expensive, too power hungry, or too limited in range.
One new device may bring companies a half-step closer to a blockchain for industrial use. Filament has introduced the Blocklet, a penny-sized hardware dongle that will allow businesses to interface their equipment with blockchains. According to a statement from the company, the device “is designed to interact with multiple blockchains natively, giving businesses a way to attach secure hardware to their existing IoT machines allowing them to transact with each other directly.”
To demonstrate our solutions’ features, IoT Systems created a serverless infrastructure and dashboard to remotely monitor vacuum pumps on-site at semiconductor customer and deliver that valuable data and alerts to equipment owners. Our SenseQ gateway and SenseQ cloud infrastructure were integrated with InControl’s Smart Sensors to securely and reliably transfer data from behind an enterprise firewall to the cloud via Amazon Web Services (see Figure 1). Additionally, SenseQ provides quick, secure device provisioning, and scales easily for new equipment. The solution also includes dynamic thresholds for sensor and alarm types, defined by the SenseQ Engine, to differentiate routine warnings from critical failures. Finally, to meet changing customer needs, we built a configurable dashboard template with visualized equipment data. Equipment owners and operators can use the dashboard from their smartphone, tablet, or PC and receive alarms via in-dashboard notifications, email, or SMS.
After deploying the iTank solution, which runs on a secure, scalable, and robust IoT Platform, Retif personnel and customers can now view tank levels and alerts in the iTank Management Portal.
“The application is color-coded, so they simply look at the customers approaching the 25% full mark. This makes deliveries easy because they can pull up all of the deliveries in a designated area and just service those customers that meet a certain threshold in a geographic region, saving time, money and increasing efficiencies.”
The deployment expanded across more tanks in Retif’s seven state coverage region. To date, Retif has deployed thousands of tank monitors, many of which were installed by Retif personnel.
New European regulations are putting more requirements on organisations to keep their customers’ data safe. The basis of the requirement is that the customer owns their data and an organisation “borrowing” that data has a duty of care over the information and needs to use “state of the art” security to keep customer data from fallings into unauthorised hands. Any lapses in that duty can result in large fines (up to €20m or 4% of turnover, whichever is higher).
Best Buy used Google App Engine as their development platform, which allowed them to relaunch their original application in only 11 weeks with roughly half the original development resources.
Thanks to the EVRYTHNG Blockchain Integration Hub consumer product brands now have more choices to harness the capabilities — think, provenance or loyalty — of different blockchains while keeping data in a scalable and enterprise-ready digital identity and data management platform.
“Consumer product brands are eager to use a mix of blockchains during a product’s lifecycle, ranging from supply chain to provenance to loyalty use cases. Gaining visibility across all of these blockchains creates a significant challenge for brands,” said Dominique Guinard, CTO & Co-founder, EVRYTHNG. “In a world where blockchain solutions appear on a daily basis, rather than reinventing the wheel, we developed the EVRYTHNG Blockchain Integration Hub as a scalable way to test and connect to multiple blockchains. The EVRYTHNG platform acts as a data aggregator and intelligence and analytics layer between the different blockchain solutions — adding to the feature set available to customers.”
Quantenna’s leading Wi-Fi technology combined with Greenwave’s award winning AXON Platform enhance the connected home offering for service providers and boosts users’ speeds to multiple devices simultaneously. Quantenna’s pioneering 5 GHz 4×4 802.11ac Wave 2 solution addresses this market need with the QV840 based single band full duplex 4×4 802.11ac Wave 2 extender.
Helium is a decentralized machine network that enables machines anywhere in the world to wirelessly connect to the Internet and geolocate themselves without the need for powerhungry satellite location hardware or expensive cellular plans. Powering the network is a blockchain with a native protocol token incentivizing a two-sided marketplace between coverage providers and coverage consumers.
Blockchain based users of Blocklet
InControl Engineering is an innovative solutions company specializing in the design and integration of smart sensors for manufacturing in numerous industries.
Retif Oil & Fuel
Mobile financial payment providers.
Best Buy, a multinational retailer of consumer electronics, home office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services.
Businesses with digital consumer product brand.
Those in need of more efficient wireless solutions.
Helium is already trusted by thousands of businesses ranging from Twilio and Microsoft to Lemnos Labs and Nestle.
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SCADA alert system then transcribes the data into understandable messages to which employees can respond appropriately.
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The Blocklet is a bit like a hardware wallet, targeted and marketed for Industrial IoT use. In short, the Blocklet attempts to do for industrial blockchains what the Ledger and Trezor do for ‘consumer’ applications such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Improved situational awareness of predictive maintenance requirements
If ALERT detects a leak in a pipeline, the system evaluates how severe the leak is and transfers the data back to the central site or home office
It is not recommended to build security solutions in-house; rely on a proven solution that gets exposed via their broad install base, and has teams dedicated to securing mobile applications.
Since Best Buy discovered that it can launch new apps in a matter of weeks with only one or two developers, the development team has launched more than ten other web applications on Google App Engine, including:BBY Scan: A QR-code generator that allows users to manage QR codes through various URLs, and routes the requests accordingly.BBY Offer: A real-time app that captures offer data from other systems and manages and uploads offers. It works with various web and mobile apps.Universal View: An app that recognizes the site visitor’s device format (mobile, laptop, tablet, etc.) and adjusts the site view accordingly, with no lag time.
Increased food traceability (EVRYTHNG with OriginTrail) – public & immutable provenance data about raw materials, sustainability, farming methods, etc. Improved product authenticity (EVRYTHNG with Tierion and OriginTrail) – products are given unique digital identities at the point of manufacture providing a link to immutable data about factory, production, distribution and intended market.
While low-end repeaters may offer basic coverage, they don’t always supply a fast, reliable connection. Thanks to small, powerful mesh nodes, the full duplex repeater is capable of expanding Wi-Fi coverage to every corner of the smart home for HD video streaming, fast downloads and other applications. Greenwave’s AXON Platform utilizes Quantenna’s intelligent Self Optimizing Network (SONiQ) software to seamlessly manage multiple repeaters and gateways to achieve an optimum Wi-Fi connection.
We present a computationally inexpensive Proof-of-Coverage that allows miners to prove they are providing wireless network coverage. We anchor these proofs using a Proof-of-Serialization that allows miners to prove they are accurately representing time relative to others on the network in a cryptographically secure way.
Instead of having to navigate the maze of block explorers and private keys, the tiny device can be simply plugged into a computer’s USB ports to interact with data on multiple blockchains.
Lowered costs for all parties
ALERT system saves countless hours of investigation by allowing
employees to know exactly what is wrong when they pick up the phone
It is important to plan ahead so that the risk is reduced and a remediation plan is in place to minimise any fallout both in terms of image and PR but also technically.
It gives Best Buy flexibility of views without creating separate sites.
More desireable consumer rewards (EVRYTHNG with BLOCKv) – Consumers purchase a product and scan the digital code (e.g., in an augmented reality game) leading to product registration and the possibility of digital rewards as blockchain tokens.
We demonstrate an entirely new purposebuilt blockchain network built to service the Wireless Protocol and provide a system for authenticating and identifying machines, providing cryptographic guarantees of data transmission and authenticity, offer transaction primitives designed around the wireless protocol, and more
Filament believes that devices like the Blocklet will play a key role in the “Industrial Internet of Things,” a growing ecosystem of smart, internet-enabled manufacturing technologies, whose economic influence is expected to exceed $12 trillion by 2030.
Securely and reliably transmit data between equipment, sensors, and owners' devices
Device binding is a technique to lock an instance of the mobile application to a particular phone. This stops the application being cloned. It also helps control access to back-end servers as user credentials can be locked to a given device.
We present a novel consensus protocol construction that creates a permissionless, high throughput, censor-resistant system by combining an asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerant protocol with identities presented via Proof-of-Coverage.
Retif has reduced the number of unnecessary deliveries by 48%, resulting in a net total in return-on-investment of over $10,000 per month in delivery expenses alone.
Countless hours of investigation
If something goes wrong in the distribution facility, someone with the ability to act is going to know about it quickly
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IoT Snapshot: Software
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IoT Snapshot: Service
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