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, Gate.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.
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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.
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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.
Increased safety thanks to the connected cars. Discover now how data exchanges can help saving lives and preventing accidents.
Every year, road accidents are responsible for 1.25 million deaths and 50 million injuries around the world. There is one vehicle per ten inhabitants, a figure that is likely to explode with the development of emerging countries. Improving security is therefore a key issue. Since 90% of accidents are due to human error, it is hoped that full or partial automation of the operation could reduce their number or severity.
In general, on the six-level autonomous driving scale, vehicles with advanced interactive driver assistance systems and cooperative intelligent transportation systems can be considered connected. Safety applications are designed to increase situational awareness and limit traffic accidents through communications between vehicles and infrastructure vehicles.
Driver assistance technology can be based on camera systems, sensor technology and vehicle data networks. Functions may include adaptive cruise control, automated braking, GPS integration and traffic warnings, smartphone connection, driver alert and hazard warning.
In terms of security, vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies could mitigate traffic collisions and improve traffic congestion by exchanging basic safety information such as location, speed and direction between vehicles in range. It can complement active safety features, such as forward collision alert and blind spot detection.
Vehicle to vehicle data exchange
Cars connected to the network will be able to “talk” to each other and avoid risky situations. In case of sudden braking of a vehicle, the system will communicate with surrounding vehicles to improve the flow of traffic and avoid accidents.
The coordination between the vehicles allows a better management of traffic lanes, optimal fire management and avoidance of bottlenecks. The creation of dynamic local maps becomes possible, thanks to the sharing of the information captured by each vehicle. Data management is not only about safety, it helps smart cities to deal with mobility issues.
Just feeling safe is already considered a great benefit. “Ecall” is a technological innovation allowing to make an automatic emergency call. With systems like this, already present in a few vehicles, emergency services can be faster and save more lives.
Automatic detection of technical problems
Automatic detection of technical problems is an advantage for both the user and the manufacturer. The vehicle has software that can monitor it in real time, providing updated information to the driver. This system will also facilitate the tasks performed by professionals: the detection of a defect and its origin or the need for maintenance or wear of certain parts.
The automobile insurance sector (personal and professional) is also entering a phase of change. Thanks to behavioral data from car drivers, insurance companies can now better determine premium rates and terms, incentivize eco-driving safe-driving, develop new economic models.
Connected cars and data diversity
A connected autonomous car integrates wireless telecommunications systems that allow it to collect information that it can record, process, operate, predict and transmit to other vehicles, or send to the road infrastructure. The data collected is numerous and varied. Some are related to the flight, such as distance information with another vehicle measured by a radar, or geolocation data. Other data concern the life on board, for example the transfer of music stored on a smartphone or a movie … It is easy to imagine that future autonomous cars will be able to process up to several gigabytes of data per second.
What can DataBroker DAO bring to the mobility and safety market players?
The growth of the urban world creates challenges in terms of mobility. Both Data Providers and Data Users can benefit from a safe and reliable platform to face those challenges. Self-driving cars can safely exchange data with other vehicles, service providers, road infrastructure and Smart Cities. The platform even provides data monetization functions and automated revenue sharing between the parties, allowing the creation of new data services based on a revenue sharing model of data.
If you have any interest in selling or buying self-driving cars data to improve our Smart Cities mobility, environment and safety, please register on our website https://databrokerdao.com
Trees give us oxygen, store carbon, and stabilise the soil, thus improving air quality and contributing to a healthier environment. Recent studies have shown that they can have a beneficial effect on acute respiratory symptoms. People living in a tree-filled area are less stressed and have healthier babies. And patients heal faster and have less pain after surgery if they have a tree to look out at through the window of the hospital room. Just to say that trees are extremely important!
However, trees in urban areas are continuously exposed to numerous stress situations, like air pollution, soil compaction, exhaust gases and physical damage to the tree trunks. Which not only has negative consequences for our health but might even cause damage or accidents (falling trees, broken branches, …)
Therefore, it is vital for responsible authorities to anticipate these problems. But without the proper tools and information, this is easier said than done.
Fortunately, these tools do exist. The basis of tree inventory and mapping is the acquisition of aerial or satellite images, while the physiological tree status is assessed with colour infrared (IR) images. Vegetation reflects much more in the IR spectrum of light and can hence be better analysed than in the normal light spectrum.
An inventory of the tree patrimony – tree species identification, tree height, trunk circumference measurements and the spatial localization of trees – is essential for good tree management. Based on semi-automatic aerial or satellite image analysis, the crown diameter of every tree can be calculated. The location, the extent of trees and their proximity to buildings can be visualised in a GIS (Geographic Information System) environment. And in the field, each tree can be labelled to assure the correct identification. Trees can even be evaluated through time by making evolution maps, visualizing the improvement or deterioration of the health status of trees.
All this enables the green city service to map the physiological status of every tree and to establish a well thought out tree policy for the years to come.
Data provider: Eurosense
Eurosense offers high-quality geographical information – certificated according to the ISO 9001: 2015 standard – derived from spaceborne and airborne remote sensing sources. The company can provide you with a whole range of satellite images from all over the world, whereas airborne surveys are performed with four company-owned airplanes (or with helicopters, for corridor mapping and more detailed surveys). Eurosense has sensors for aerial photography, laser altimetry, and thermography, enabling them to acquire data day and night, and is specialized in the production of value-added products, such as land use maps and flood models.