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TIoTA and MachNation team for IoT challenge

The first challenge will focus on smart e-mobility to enable seamless mobility services for electric vehicles such as charging and roaming

How can the IoT solve the connectivity challenges of each vertical sector?
How can the IoT solve the connectivity challenges of each vertical sector?

The Trusted IoT Alliance TIoTA), an ecosystem of more than 50 companies working together to build open source trusted systems for Internet of Things (IoT) with blockchain and related technologies, and MachNation, a global independent IoT research and benchmarking firm, is introducing a series of Trusted IoT Challenges worldwide.


The intention of the challenges is to spur innovation by combining blockchain and related technologies and IoT while developing roadmaps, templates, standards and guidelines, explained Zaki Manian, executive director of TIoTA.


Four challenges


The organisations announced four initial global challenge competitions that will take place over the next 18 months, including:

  • Smart e-mobility: enables seamless mobility services for electric vehicles (EVs), such as charging, roaming and convenience services; connect smart grids, smart homes, and EVs for transparent energy billing
  • Smart logistics: uses identity mechanisms to set up information sharing between participants in logistics value chains on a need-to-know basis
  • Smart buildings: optimises building performance for security, automation and efficiency. Uses immutable event log with granular access for sharing and analysing security events with stakeholders. Applicable to factories, airports, shopping malls, and other venues
  • Smart construction: combines innovation of IoT Solutions for smart construction with trust technologies. Includes wearables, tracking devices, and smart construction equipment.

The common questions for each challenge are:

  • 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?

Manian added: “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.”

“As IoT, blockchain and related technologies continue to grow, having proven ways to benchmark and improve these solutions is critically important”

The 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. MachNation will publish a report describing the winning solution. An overall winner will be awarded in each category, along with best business contribution, best technical contribution, and best usability, depending on the challenge.


“As a firm dedicated to researching and benchmarking IoT platforms and solution, MachNation recognises the value of identifying leading solutions in the market. As IoT, blockchain and related technologies continue to grow, having proven ways to benchmark and improve these solutions is critically important,” said Steve Hilton, president of MachNation.


Smart e-mobility is the first challenge and online registration is available. The deadline to submit design proposals is January 21, 2019. Bosch is co-sponsoring the challenge and providing test equipment and field trial support. Additionally, the company is contributing a Jaguar I-PACE all-electric vehicle for building a seamless tour across Europe. 


Given the broad scope of the challenges, start-ups and enterprises are invited to submit solutions addressing the whole or parts of the solution for each area. 


TIoTA is collaborating with other consortia and alliance partners to provide the best domain expertise and technical support for each challenge. For its first partnership in this context, TIoTA announced that it is co-hosting the MOBI Grand Challenge. 


Sign-up and challenge guidelines are available on the TIoTA website


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