A Smart Self-Charging and Printable IoT Device/Tag
The front-end of the Discovery Network is the revolutionary CLIOT – a smart, self-charging IoT tag, that can be embedded on the products to be tracked. This tag works on the principle of ambient backscatter – a path-breaking concept that helps the device draw power from the surrounding electromagnetic waves, making it self-supporting. Priced at <10 US Cents, the CLIOT would help convert the daily & mundane products (like toothpaste tubes) into smart devices, thereby helping unleashing the true potential of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Discovery Network is powered through the Distributed Apps (D-Apps) architecture. Every user who has the Discovery App installed on their mobile phone acts as a front-end node for data collection. The application enters into a smart contract with the IoT device (“Data Capture”) and transmits the information stored in the IoT device (“Data Transfer”) through the COMPASS blockchain network (explained below). Since the infrastructure is completely decentralized, it is 100% reliable and secure.
Since the operations happen through the mobile app automatically, the user does not need to be actively involved in the data capture/transfer process. The user is completely passive in the Discovery Network, making it highly scalable and easy to adopt.
Discovery works on connecting individual smartphones of the user community through a block-chain network. Given the massive penetration of smartphones among the population, and given that smartphones support sophisticated communication protocols like WIFI, Bluetooth and NFC, a massive user community network is created.
The front end of the Discovery platform is a Distributed App (D-App). These D-Apps receive smart-contracts from the eco-system, containing a private/public key of specific IoT tags that needs to be tracked. Based on the current location (fetched from the phone) of the user, “Discovery Zones” (explained in the next section) within a proximity/regular travel route of the user are flashed and shared with the user. Once the smartphone (with the D-App) is within the vicinity (wi-fi range) of any of the IoT tags, they enter into a handshake (smart contract executed), and a ping is recorded on the network, containing tag details.