Most of the Chain of Things' team turned out for our debut at the Smart IoT London 2017 event on March 15th and 16th at ExCel London event. CoTers there included Doug Irwin, Adam Vaziri, Conor Colwell, and Hans Lombardo. Our decision to partner with Closer Still Media turned out to be a resounding success based on the great deal of interest from attendees who came by our and booth and attended our presentations.
Dr. Hans Lombardo gave a presentation on our proposal for a IoT Device Identity Protocol - A "Birth Registry" for Devices. In our model, we propose that developing a strong identity protocol for devices may be essential to security and interoperability. By establishing and securing device identity, devices can be trusted and device cloning can be mitigated. Moreover, machines that know each other can trust each other, and a common identity protocol may lead to higher M2M performance. By utilizing a blockchain, it will be possible to create a secure registry of devices - including device and manufacture reputation and performance history.
Chain of Things also debuted an animated video explaining our technology and the Maru blockchain-enhanced sensor device, which is "like an airplane black box" for multiple industries and applications.
On the second day of the event, Dr. Lombardo moderated a panel on Distributed ledgers and Growing the Internet of Value that included Adam Vaziri, Vinay Gupta of Hexayurt, Alpesh Doshi of Fintricity, and Masoud Charkhabi from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). The panel discussed whether blockchains and smart contracts technology was ready for prime time and "industrial use" particularly with the technologies scalability issues.
The panelists also talked about other applications that can benefit from the blockchain beyond payment and remittance. It was evident to many on the panel that the next industry experiencing major investment in blockchain technologies is supply chain & shipping/logistics. There are a significant amount of corporates buying into blockchain logistics applications (e.g. Maersk, Airbus, Foxconn, Daimler, etc).
In addition to supply chain, there are also literally dozens of startups, corporates and governments examining or developing applications for human identity authentication as well as protection (e.g. AML/KYC).