NFT, Cryptocurrency, IoT & Asset Tracking

NFT, Cryptocurrency, IoT & Asset Tracking

How does the IoT, Asset Tracking, NFTs, and cryptocurrency link together? At itemit, we strive towards innovation, change, and growth, which is why we’re marrying the asset tracking market to the NFT market.

itemit is an app owned and developed by RedBite Solutions. RedBite is a spin-out of the University Of Cambridge’s Auto-ID centre, which wrote the international standards for RFID and coined the term “IoT”. As such, we’re experts in the field of asset tracking.

This is why we’re looking into the benefits of NFTs, blockchain and cryptocurrency and their integrations into asset tracking capabilities.

The Future Of Asset Tracking Systems

What Is The IoT?

The IoT, quite simply, is short for the “Internet of Things“. Quite literally, the internet is a global computer network and so the internet of things comprises of a network of physical devices.

Instead of finding websites on this internet or pages or videos, you find assets or, more accurately, digital representations of assets. Therefore, you’ll find laptops, books, phones, desks, chairs, every physical asset or, “thing”.

Or, we believe you should. RedBite’s overall vision is to make every physical asset on Earth smarter. If anyone notices a problem with a street light while they’re driving past, using the IoT they’ll be able to log an issue, as they can access this light’s digital copy and report an issue against this. Then, the local council will receive this issue. This only works if the light has been logged and exists on the IoT, however.

This is where RedBite’s app, itemit, comes in. With itemit, creating digital copies of assets is simple for the user. Then, reporting an issue is simple. But this is just one app…

How Does Blockchain Improve Asset Tracking Operations?

With blockchain, you decentralise data and make it immutable. This means that using blockchain and any related benefits, the itemit concept of every asset having a story, a profile, and data attached to it isn’t tied to a single database, a single app or a single set of servers.

The only way the Internet of Things can work is with an element of immutability and with an element of decentralised data collection or use – otherwise, you get a mess of asset changes where you pass a bench on the street and someone has changed its record to as an alsatian. 

However, this is only scratching the surface of the need for immutability and decentralisation. Without decentralisation, a single app cannot scale to global asset use and contain the relevant, confidential, and critical asset data that individuals need to maintain. 

It is possible to scale the system to social media levels of each asset having a profile in technical terms, but this creates a whole host of data risks that blockchain and decentralisation remove. Otherwise, confidential government data is held on the same system as personal data, which is held on the same system as every other asset in between.

Then, as reported data is immutable, issues reported on assets is unchangeable and cannot be manipulated. This does good for the world as once someone reports a risk on building cladding, that cannot be hidden, suppressed, or manipulated. It’s there, visible, and unchangeable.

Fixed Asset RFID Tracking The future of equipment tracking

How Are NFTs Related To Assets?

So, how are NFTs related to assets? The concept of assets is the same to us as NFTs. Every asset is unique, even if they aren’t. 

In other words, if you buy twenty laptops of the same make and model, you’re buying twenty laptops, you’re not buying one laptop twenty times. Each laptop is unique and will have unique scratches, changes, fingerprints over the years.

Therefore, an asset can be tokenised into an NFT as you have one unique laptop and that’s a unique token. Paradoxically, some assets can be more unique than others, too, which gives inherent value to asset NFTs.

For example, a generated NFT of a laptop’s digital IoT profile will be less valuable than an NFT of a celebrity’s laptop will be less valuable than an NFT of a priceless painting.

How is this funded, used, created, and maintained? It all requires immutability, cryptocurrency, blockchain and decentralisation. So, this is why we’re marrying the above concepts.

In turn, the generation, sale, and purchasing of NFTs using cryptocurrency incentivise the growth and creation of the Internet of Things as every single asset that is tokenised is transferred into a single, permanent record. 

All that’s left to do is for this system to grow, adapt, and take on a world of its own.

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