IoT-AI-blockchain gateway device is 'first of its kind'

January 10, 2019 // By Rich Pell
NetObjex (Irvine, CA), a provider of digital operating platforms for smart products, has announced what it says is a "revolutionary" new IoT-AI-blockchain gateway device.

PiQube, says the company, is a state-of-the-art IoT-blockchain edge device that enables developers to build and develop serious enterprise grade applications with IoT and blockchain capabilities out of the box. Powered by NetObjex OS, a variant of Yocto Linux, PiQube provides IoT users with a plethora of connectivity options, including analog I/IO and up to 128 digital I/O ports, and storage of up to 1 TB.

The system also includes a Secure Element hardware chip for edge device authentication and encryption of data packets over a wide variety of protocols. What makes the PiQube stand out from the crowd, says the company, is its connectivity to the NetObjex Operating Platform thereby bringing AI and blockchain capabilities within reach.

"We have been in the IOT space and developed many solutions for customers around our platform," says Raghu Bala, CEO of NetObjex. "During that journey, we found gaps in product offerings that married the emerging technologies of IoT, blockchain, and AI. The PiQube was borne out of the need to solve real world needs that we ourselves have experienced."

The NetObjex philosophy, says the company, has been to use IoT for data acquisition, AI for analytics and machine learning, and blockchain for data sharing and transactions in an ecosystem. "Quite often," says Bala, "the last-mile issue of collecting good, clean data has been the bane of many a blockchain system and that is solved with the PiQube and its built-in security mechanisms."

The NetObjex Platform is also an interoperability layer to multiple blockchains including Ethereum, Hyperledger, IOTA, NEM, and Stellar. Each PiQube will come with access to the NetObjex Platform and have the capacity to act as a light node on a blockchain. The PiQube supports firmware development in C, PHP, Python, and Java for simplifying the integration of edge devices to the blockchain.

"Each PiQube will be an edge node in the NetObjex Platform and hence leverage all of its capabilities,"

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