IoT SWC 2019: Connect with DataBroker DAO at the largest IoT event in the world!

IoT SWC 2019: Connect with DataBroker DAO at the largest IoT event in the world!

From 29-31 October 2019, DataBroker DAO will join over 400 of the world’s leading suppliers of IoT, artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions at the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) in Barcelona. 

This year’s IoTSWC themes include connected transport, manufacturing, healthcare, energy & utilities, buildings & infrastructure, and ‘open industry’ (segments such as agriculture, construction, cosmetics, defence, finance, mining and pharmaceuticals) – all areas where DataBrokerDAO’s peer-to-peer data marketplace can bring real business value to both data-rich and data-hungry companies!

The event gives us the opportunity to showcase our solution to industry representatives from all over the world, helping them understand how buying and selling data through our secure platform – or even adopting DataBrokerDAO as a white-label platform – can help them achieve, and even exceed, their business ambitions.

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DataBroker DAO’s new platform is coming soon – get a sneak peak!

Our brand new DataBrokerDAO platform is almost ready to be revealed, and you’ll get a sneak peak at our stand at IoTSWC 2019. 

The new platform takes our current solution to the next level, with an intuitive, user-friendly interface that makes it easy for both data sellers and buyers to find just the right match. All in a secure environment that uses blockchain-based smart contracts to agree on the terms and conditions. Buy or sell pre-defined data streams or data sets or find your ideal data partner through broader offers and requests that can be fine-tuned and negotiated. Our platform is there to connect and serve, whatever the size of your organisation or company, whatever your data needs.

We’re also launching an additional service, where our very own DataMatch Advisor can offer a personalised ‘data matchmaking’ service. Based on your specific needs, we search for potential data partners from our wide global network, and contact you when we’ve found what you need. At no extra cost.

Come and meet our Client Solutions Manager and DataMatch Advisor, Vincent Bultot at our IoTSWC stand (details at the end) to discover the new platform and our tailor-made service.

Sharing use cases that solve real-world challenges

Alongside Vincent, our Marketing and Communications Manager, Valentina Ponomarova will also be welcoming visitors to our IoTSWC stand. Together they’ll be sharing use cases where data from partners like Eurosense has been used to solve real-world challenges.

In the case of Eurosense, high-quality geographical data like semi-automatic aerial or satellite images could be used to monitor urban tree health. This kind of information helps cities design and implement the appropriate short- and long-term policies to manage their trees and woodlands. You can already read more about this case study on our blog.

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Panel discussion: Monetising Data from IoT and Blockchain Solutions

During the IoTSWC event, Vincent Bultot (Client Solutions Manager and DataMatch Advisor) will be taking part in a panel discussion on how consumers can monetise their IoT data without giving up their privacy. Vincent will be joined by speakers from various industries and backgrounds and will give his insights gained from a career spanning 20 years in the telecom and ICT industries. 

If you’re planning to attend IoTSWC 2019, come along to this session, which takes place on Wednesday 30 October, from 11:50-12:40 in the Blockchain Solutions World room.

A winning combination, together with SettleMint

We’ll be sharing our stand with SettleMint, creator of Mint, the low-code blockchain middleware that DataBrokerDAO is actually built on! 

Mint accelerates your deployment of blockchain into your IT architecture or business case by offering out-of-the-box functionality, letting you develop and integrate accountable and intelligible blockchain-based applications in weeks instead of months.

SettleMint’s Solution Architect, Edward Magrin, and Business Developer, Stefan Günther will be on hand to demo Mint and explain how it can help you leverage the power of blockchain.

You can read more about Mint here, including case studies from the energy and finance industries.

Come visit us in Barcelona from 29-31 October 2019.

You can find us at:

The Gran Via Venue

Pavilion 2, Level 0

Stand: B210

Make sure to check out our updates!

Mobility: the greatest challenge of tomorrow

Mobility: the greatest challenge of tomorrow

Mobility is one of the greatest challenges facing cities and there is already a clear shift in the way cities view mobility. According to a recent KPMG study, as the mobility ecosystem evolves, its global value is forecast to grow to more than US$1 trillion by 2030. 

Indeed, purely automotive mobility no longer makes sense from a financial, urbanistic and ecological point of view. In the same way, parking as we know it is neither sustainable nor efficient. Often expensive, it generates traffic jams and a lot of CO2 emissions. In this area, many applications are emerging to make transportation and parking smarter.

Here is a concrete example of smart mobility: smart parking

When you own a vehicle, finding a parking space in urban areas is too often a source of stress and wasted time. In the same way, when managing a parking space, a high occupancy rate is the key to profitability. But many parking places often remain empty. Thus, it’s a wasted opportunity. The so-called “Smart Parking” technologies could be the best solution to address these challenges.

How does it work and what are the real interests? Let’s explore this in more detail.

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The ‘smart parking’ application guides drivers to a free parking space

The road infrastructure is connected using sensors and computers. Smart Parking makes use of  sensor technology to spot and communicate occupancy of the parking lot.

A technological system like Spotcam cameras monitor the space occupation. The following useful information can be provided: whether the place is free or not, how long it has been occupied, the number plate of the parked vehicles, and – in case of connection with the time stamp system – if the user has exceeded the authorised parking time.

Linked to connected software solutions, all this information allows to manage the occupancy rate of the parking spaces and to inform people seeking parking in this area. Users of the application receive a notification as soon as a parking space is freed.

For this, it is crucial to be able to rely on a secure network, which has sufficient capacity and operates without interruption. Optical fiber, 4G, wi-fi and soon 5G provide this connectivity.

Santander: the city with over 12,000 sensors, model of the European smart city

This small and medium-sized town holds the world record for intelligent sensors: in total, over 12.000 communicating, fixed and mobile objects, and even “human sensors” (that is to say the inhabitants themselves), who anonymously participate in this network through their smartphone. 

As a result, traffic jams have decreased by 80%. The most impressive thing about this system is the repeaters and other relay stations on streetlights that transmit information, in 3G or via the city’s optical fiber network to a large computer center. This center  aggregates data, processes it and redistributes it to relevant services. It is the largest Internet of Things infrastructure!

What can DataBroker DAO bring to Smart Cities ?
The growth of the urban world creates challenges in terms of Smart Cities. Both Data Providers and Data Users can benefit from a safe and reliable data marketplace to face those challenges. 

If you have any interest in selling or buying data to improve our Smart Cities mobility, environment and safety, please drop us a line:

DTX token listed on Bit4you … more exchanges to follow soon

DTX token listed on Bit4you … more exchanges to follow soon

DataBroker DAO is undergoing a real transformation and is experiencing exciting times. That is the least we can say. Much has been written about our challenge to get our crypto listed, but that is about to change. Bit4you, the first and only fully regulated Belgian exchange with fiat on and off ramp, has been selected as a trustable and qualitative exchange to list the DTX token. And more exchanges will follow in the not-so-distant future.

Trying to get your crypto asset listed on an exchange is challenging. In 2018, we applied with no less than 15 reputable exchanges, which resulted in listing our DTX token on CoinFalcon, Tokenjar, and Probit. However, CoinFalcon recently delisted the DTX token as part of their general removal of altcoins, with no communication or notification whatsoever. This made us realize that we urgently have to address this matter.

We immediately applied with several other exchanges, including Yobit, Idex, Bittrex, Beaxy, io,, Bitmax and Upbit. But this application process is expensive and extremely time-consuming, and often you get no response at all from the platform’s owners.

“We are highly aware of the exchange situation”, says Roderik van der Veer, founder and CTO of DataBroker DAO. “Over the last two years we submitted for almost all reputable exchanges. We made sure that after the recent delist wave we kept an exchange reporting to CoinMarketCap and one with fiat on/off ramp. Adding more will not change the low liquidity; we believe that any changes in that respect will come from the commercial adoption of the platform.”


Bit4you is the first exchange platform for crypto assets to operate from Belgium on a European level, facilitating the transition between cryptocurrencies and traditional currencies such as Euro or Dollar. The platform is in line with Belgian legislation and with the new directives on the fight against terrorist financing and money laundering. Bit4you charges a 2% cash in/out fee, but there are no trading fees for buying or selling your crypto.

If you want to try out different trading strategies, to find out which one is best without taking any risks, you can open a free demo account and get 100.000 (fake) USDTs to buy your first assets. In the form of DTX tokens, that goes without saying …

As we said, we also applied with several other crypto exchanges. And we kindly request our community to support us in the listing process, by getting us in touch directly with the right contacts. Do you know anyone at one of these exchanges, please let us know.

Join our Telegram channel for all information and questions or drop us a line:

DataBroker DAO Live AMA with Roderik van der Veer & Matthew Van Niekerk

DataBroker DAO Live AMA with Roderik van der Veer & Matthew Van Niekerk

Last Sunday we sat down with the founders of DataBroker DAO (CEO Matthew Van Niekerk and CTO Roderik van der Veer) and our community on Telegram to talk about the data marketplace DataBroker DAO, DTX tokens, ownership and trust. It was our first AMA in a while that sparked conversations and brought our community closer. 

Q: Is DataBroker DAO generating revenue? How are funds and resources divided over SettleMint and DataBroker DAO?

Matthew: At this moment, DataBroker DAO is pre-revenue. The business model is driven by our commercial activity (data buying and selling) and, as we are still in the process of on-boarding data sellers, this revenue is yet to kick in. SettleMint is generating revenue. The cashflow is healthy.

Roderik: On a technical level the SettleMint’s middleware product, Mint, powers 90% of the DataBrokerDAO platform (or at least the new upcoming one) so incentives are aligned there.

Matthew: We are, thus, in a phase with DataBroker where SettleMint is incubating DataBroker DAO until it reaches independent and sufficient revenue generation status. Please be aware that DataBroker DAO is part of the SettleMint’s long term strategy.

Q: If big companies trespass on your technology, do you have a patent, security or a contract for that?

Matthew: We have looked into patents for our technology and based on our lawyers opinion (and that of 3 other patent lawyers) the prospect of patenting in Europe at least is not promising.

That said, given the size of the opportunity for data marketplaces in the next 5-10 years, there are sufficient opportunities for 20-30 companies with the same business model.

“The key to success is not patenting. Network effect will be much more valuable than a patent.”

Q: Tell us more about the exchange situation.

Roderik: We are highly aware of the exchange situation. Over the last two years we submitted for almost all reputable exchanges. We made sure that after the recent delist wave we kept an exchange reporting to CoinMarketCap (unsure why YoBit does not) and one with a fiat on/off ramp. Adding more will not change the low liquidity, we believe any changes in that respect will come from commercial adoption of the platform.

Q: Can you release the pilot version to the public?

Roderik: We are now working on the next commercial release version to go live at the end of October at a big event.

Q: Data transaction process generates more gas costs than other tokens, why? Is there a way to reduce gas costs?

Roderik: At the time of creating the token, best practices (like Aragon, Giveth, … for example) were to base the token on the MiniMe standard. This token stores full history, so we can get, for example, token holders at block x or y. This results in some more gas costs. Read more

Q: Does the platform include all configurations such as Sigfox, LoRa, gsm and telco (WSN) networks?

Roderik: The platform, or the piece that transmits and receives data, we call the DXC (Data eXchange Controller) in v3. DXC can handle files, tcp streams, and acts as an API gateway. Via those options, any protocol can pipe in, and depending on the customers we might add more specific connectors, like ThingsNetwork, Sigfox, etc.

Q: What is the difference between the stream sensor data and the data set in the marketplace?

Roderik: A data set is a “file” so a one-time transmission/download to the buyer. A stream is an open “pipe” where data flows through when a sensor reading happens. In v3 we are adding a third, API proxy, where the DXC is in front of existing API’s.

Q: Can we know the volume of data transactions when the data marketplace v3 goes live?

Matthew: We will take this in our discussions on the design of the upcoming update to the website. It will be interesting to add it as a feature at some point.

Q: The difference between the two configurations is simply downloading and streaming?

Roderik: Yes, also the timing of the data coming in, and the type of data: a stream can not get historical data for example, a file can.

Q1: How does DataBroker DAO relate to the MindSphere ecosystem?

Matthew: We are a MindSpere partner and conducted integration tests with their edge computing hardware together with them. It is early days for MindSphere and we are looking forward to future steps with them.

Roderik: We were able to deploy the middleware on their edge computing machines (so machines at the factory flow next to the PLC that manages the “robots”) and since the two platforms are using the same core, the way to run the DXC on an edge computer is open.

Find out more here

Q: Can you show us some of the designs for v3 platform?

Roderik: The current Alpha version is not functioning. The v3 version is under development. As soon as we can share something, we will! We are very excited about it. Adding experienced UX and graphic designers really ups the game.

Big thanks to everyone who joined us! Stay tuned, as there is more to come.