kontakt.io and iota

Kontakt.io is a company that was founded in 2013 with the intention of helping visually impaired navigate public spaces more easily and experience cultural wonders with the same appreciation as anyone else. And now, Kontakt Internet of Things location provider is going to partner up and integrate with IOTA to provide DLT location services.

The collaboration will allow for tamper proof smart sensor data as well as chargeable readings.

The company has been working and adopting technology such as iBeacon, Eddystone, and many others into their smart hardware system. Nowadays, kontakt.io is one of the most important global providers of proximity technologies by making objects and devices smarter so as to enhance the quality of everyone’s life.

At the moment, kontakt.io has developed different types of beacon hardware and the world’s most secure software. Moreover, the company is already focusing on next technological solutions.

The company started back in 2013, when Szymon Niemczura, Rafal Janicki, Tomasz Kolek, and Tomasz Kozminski decided to help the visually impaired enjoy museum tours. As the potential for this market was not exploited, they created Kontakt.io.

“IoT and blockchain technologies naturally go hand in hand because they have a lot in common,” said Philipp von Gilsa, CEO at Kontakt.io. “Both are decentralized, their markets are in early stages, and a limited number of players showcased successful applications. We are starting our blockchain initiative with IOTA to speed up adaptation and innovation in both spaces.”

Since then, the company launched different products, and expanded worldwide. In June 2013, they launched iBeacon and Bluetooth 4.0, and later in August they were shipping the first pre-ordered beacons to their clients.

In 2014 the company opened its offices in the United States, and in July of the same year, Kontakt.io closed an investment round with Sunstone Capital, a top European venture capital firm. Additionally, the company was already delivering thousands of beacon devices all over the world.

During the same month, the company unveiled its Cloud Beacon and introduced its first pre-orders, the main intention of this product is to take proximity to the next level. In February 2015, the company launched Tough Beacon, a new hardware device that has been designed to resist outdoor and demanding conditions.

“Up until now, we have not heard about successful blockchain applications in IoT because of the amount of computing needed to execute a transaction,” says Łukasz Szelejewski, CTO at Kontakt.io. “In IoT, where a transaction involves tiny bits of data transferred by small battery-powered devices, blockchain has been too expensive and energy-consuming to succeed. We have decided to work with IOTA because it removes the cost barrier, and it needs little computing power to confirm transactions. Moreover, IOTA, unlike blockchain or Ethereum, is capable of processing a lot of operations in almost real time. In fact, the more transactions it has queued, the faster it scales. For all these reasons, IOTA makes Proof of Work possible and efficient in the IoT environment and is likely to become the next security standard for IoT.”

Due to the increased demand from Asian markets, the company opened in March 2015 new offices in Beijing so as to build relationships in ASIA/PAC countries. The expansion continues all over the world, and in the same month, Kontakt.io, Inc, was launched as an American company with offices in San Francisco and New York.

What is Proximity?

Proximity makes objects and devices context-aware, in this way they can provide highly personalized experiences and gather rich data about what’s happening in the real world. With proximity, IoT-enabled objects react and change according to the location of the individual.

With another layer of contextual information to IoT-enabled objects, they can serve individuals and their needs at the right place and time.

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