The subject of e-mobility is becoming increasingly important in the context of the current climate debate. At the heart of this change, however, is not just the switch to electric vehicles. Rather, it is becoming increasingly important to develop an efficient solution for the rental of such devices. Deutsche Telekom is now testing such a blockchain-based system. It promises applications beyond the mobility sector.
Deutsche Telekom is working on an information technology ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT). For this purpose, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs), the company's research arm, developed the blockchain-based Xride. A four-week e-mobility test phase started on September 11th. The experiments are carried out with e-scooters.
The authors of the accompanying press release emphasize that the solution developed by Telekom should also apply beyond the e-mobility sector. The technology behind Xride promises to simplify the communication between different devices in many areas. It supports all important functions, such as identity management or payment processing. However, the e-mobility sector is particularly well suited to illustrate the benefits of decentralized approaches.
Telekom promises increased efficiency and data security
The starting point for the development of xRide was the finding that the individual services in conventional mobility systems are not interconnected. Users of car and bike rental services must therefore enter and verify their data separately at each service provider. In addition, there is a potential security risk, since such services store all customer data in one central location.
Xride is intended to remedy this situation. The system is based on Ståx. The Blockchain operating system developed by Telekom allows the creation of decentralized "Internet of Things eco-structures". Stax thus provides the infrastructure in which various blockchain technologies can be combined into a common stack. Technical devices, smartphones and data servers, which each function as their own blockchain nodes, can thus be linked together.
The solution developed by Telekom enables users to send their data directly from their smartphone to the device, such as an e-scooter. The data exchange is thus completely decentralized. Benefits for both users and vendors, said John Calian, head of T-Labs. Because the rental of vehicles will be so "cheaper, safer and more efficient." The Telekom checks the system in its own headquarters in Bonn. The participants test rental and use of e-scooters with a specially developed app.
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