We live in world of big data. Businesses are constantly trying to gather data, categorize data, and analyze data in order to make better decisions for their organizations. The IoT space has become one of the next big industries that has huge ramifications to every individual’s business and personal life. We all know about the ioeX partnership with Elastos and the big savings (up to 70%) they are looking for provide towards M2M (Machine to Machine) data transmission costs. But there’s a new project emerging that could potentially be a big part of the IoT framework called Hyper Connect (HC).
HC is led by two Austrian developers and programmers named Peter Strauss and Artur Zsuuravely. How did they come up with HC and what’s their approach to the problems existing in the IoT space? What are potential use cases?
It all started with a company called XKI.Cloud. Started by the Hyper Connect founders Peter and Artur, as stated in the HC whitepaper, “XKI.CLoud is a cloud hosted IoT Management platform for Device, Event and User Management.” XKI.Cloud has been working with a Smart Home hardware manufacturer and has achieved full integration with the product. The project achieved beta last September.
Enter Hyper Connect. On Elastos, with a GUI edge client and a built-in Python compiler, IoT devices can easily be authenticated. It requires no special coding while being able to process specific data locally, right on IoT sensor devices.
Peter explains what HC is trying to achieve: “The goal of HyperConnect is to allow all the functionalities that a centralized IoT Platform, such as XKI.Cloud, can provide, but in a decentralized manner. HyperConnect is therefore not an extension, but an entirely open-source solution that serves as an alternative to centralized IoT services.”
Any project needs to have a solid approach and clear solutions in order to separate themselves from the pack. Hyper Connect has a crystal clear vision of how they will execute. First, they see the problems in the existing IoT space: there’s so much data being transferred that it is prone to clogging networks. Performance of IoT devices is limited to the hardware being used which also costs money to implement and upgrade. Reliable communication between devices is a significant challenge. And perhaps most importantly, the identity of the individual is commonly compromised which is both a security and a privacy issue.
Hyper Connect’s utilization of Elastos’ peer-to-peer carrier network and Decentralized ID’s (DID) will shield the individual’s privacy. Smart contracts will be incorporated to create a secure method of exchanging value. Users will have access to a decentralized control panel that overviews the network performance, data, and device status in which they can adjust sensor, device, and event settings.
Diving deeper in the technical aspects of the Hyper Connect Framework, there are two main IoT software components: Edge Client and Remote Controller. The Edge Client runs on an IoT device and can be used with a GUI or a Command line. This component allows the IoT device to connect to the Carrier network, set up administrative tasks, manage sensors and events, along with other features.
As stated in the White Paper, the Remote Controller (RC) is “the software component that runs on the mobile phone or computer of a user and allows an overview of the connected Edge Clients via a Graphical User Interface (GUI).” Important features of the RC is providing local storage of sensor reading histories, distributed file storage and database capabilities, offline messaging, and other functions.
Practical examples of the Edge Client and Remote Controller was explained by Peter Strauss in the Cyber Republic Suggestion page: “As an example, you install the Edge Client onto a Raspberry Pi. The Edge Client comes with a GUI, so when you start it, you can add custom scripts for sensors or use templates for well known sensors. Once the sensor script is added and validated in the built-in compiler, it will start reading data and you can follow the readings also locally on the GUI with relevant graphs. Then, you have the option to connect a Remote Controller (mobile app) by reading a QR code of the Edge Client, the same way as on Hyper.im. Both the Edge Client as well as the Remote Controller communicate via the carrier network. You can then follow all sensor data readings remotely from your phone. In addition, you can also set custom events such as, ‘if the reading goes above 30 celsius on sensor A, then create an action, for example turn on a red LED’ (just a simple example).”
In terms of development, the Hyper Connect team has already developed a Minimal Viable Product with over 6 months of research and development completed with the more complex Edge Client. If the team gets funded through the CR process, they will take a month for each component in order to provide additional features, simplify certain procedures, and release extensive documentation.
After being asked about potential use-cases for Hyper Connect, Co-Founder Peter Strauss brought up the goal of achieving true “anonymous data collection.” This is an area that profoundly affects commercial businesses all over the world. While manufacturers want to know more about their own products after they’ve been purchased by their customers, the current system greatly compromises the privacy of the users. With the Elastos peer-to-peer carrier network, it “provides a layer of privacy by having the node addresses randomly generated. The node addresses are not tied to any central authority and are impossible to guess or predict.”
Hyper Connect envisions themselves able to collect data within three big guidelines: 1. Do not identify the user, 2. Provide the user with an overview of what data is being sent with an ability to manage or remove data manually before transmission, and, 3. Have a reward system in place for submitting data to manufacturers.
HC believes they can achieve this goal and have it be a win-win for users (rewards and privacy), while manufacturers can receive important and accurate data they need from specific products.
Ultimately, the Hyper Connect project is an intriguing and aspiring IoT framework that could become a game changer in the Elastos and Cyber Republic ecosystem. The team has already laid the groundwork from their current company (XKI.Cloud), and they plan to swiftly transition their real life product onto the Elastos Ecosystem.
HC even has aspirations to create their own Marketplace where services like a subscription to rent storage, machine learning capabilities, or any other service developed within the Elastos ecosystem can be bought and sold. The team envisions this marketplace to be one of the final pillars of the Hyper Connect framework that would be ready near the end of 2020 or early 2021.
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Thank you to Peter Strauss with Hyper Connect for taking time to answer some questions about the project.