OriginTrail Development Update: v0.9a Explorer Released on June 4th

Branimir Rakic
Jun 4, 2018 · 4 min read

The latest version of our OriginTrail network node software 0.9a, Explorer, is proudly seeing the light of day today, as scheduled. We have been working on implementing new data standards and many improvements, especially in the privacy layer of the protocol.

Explorer is the last true “alpha” release, as two weeks from now we are launching the first beta release candidate (RC), the Lunar Orbiter, which is the final release before the testnet launch, scheduled for June 29th.

Introducing the “Web Of Things” to OriginTrail

Estimates predict that the global count of IoT devices will be around 30 billion strong by 2020 (we saw annual growth of about 30% up until 2017), many of which will be involved in much-needed uses for supply chains like unique product identification, temperature monitoring, lightness during distribution, and precise geolocation.

This new infrastructure provides a great backbone for building applications on top of it, but is inherently plagued by fragmentation of IoT devices and hence low interoperability among them.

To tackle this, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed the “Web of Things” (WoT) standard, which is, with the release of Explorer, supported by the OriginTrail data importer. This enables the much-needed ability to handle any IoT data — especially sensory information in supply chains — in a structured, interoperable and platform-independent way.

Additionally, some of our partners already utilize IoT and smart tags (check out our blog posts about our cooperation with Evrythng and TagItSmart), which both support the Web of Things. Finally, we are glad that our graph ontology model has so far proven to be well designed, as it provided for a great base to integrate WoT without any modifications to the graph logic.

Example of the OT graph with an “actor” observing a supply chain event at a specific read point.

The Privacy Layer and General Improvements

Apart from privacy, many other code improvements have been introduced, as well as new features in “Houston” — our UI application which now allows for the visualization of the graph data stored on your node. The UI has also received a small facelift and is slowly taking its final design form.

“Lunar Orbiter” follows, Testnet launches with “Apollo”

We truly see feedback as a gift, and lately you have been very generous. We enjoy the engagement and your findings, so please keep up the good work and collaborative approach. We are building the next generation of networks together, and for them to succeed, they need to be much more than computer networks. They need to become intertwined networks of people, companies, universities and institutions, with well designed incentives, which the decentralized approach can provide.

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OriginTrail

OriginTrail is an ecosystem dedicated to making supply chains work together since 2011, contributing to a more transparent, fair, and trusted global supply chain.