Isle of Man Tests Blockchain Prototype for IoT

The Isle of Man has announced an Internet of Things proof-of-concept in partnership with blockchain startup Credits.

Aug 8, 2016 at 10:31 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 12:26 p.m. UTC

The government of the Isle of Man has announced its latest blockchain proof-of-concept.

Profiled today in Financial News, the project is a collaboration with blockchain startup Credits that finds the two partners exploring whether the technology can be used to help keep Internet of Things (IoT) devices from being compromised.

Credits co-founder Nick Williamson told the new source that the idea behind the project is to assign unique identities to physical items, thereby creating a way of affirming their authenticity.

Williamson told the publication:

"The idea behind [the experiment] is that IoT has a promise of assigning a unique, non-forgeable identity to physical items and what the blockchain provides is the way of managing and maintaining an identity."

An early proponent of the bitcoin and blockchain industry, the Isle of Man has long been one of the more active governments in exploring the technology.

The trial comes more than a year after the British dependency revealed it was working with Credits (then called Pythia) on a blockchain database for corporate registries, and nearly two years after it launched a digital currency-focused incubator.

Isle of Man image via Shutterstock

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