Raleigh-based Adosia Provides IoT ‘Legos’ For Building On Blockchain

Two self-watering plants made possible by Adosia's innovative technology and hardware. What *kind* of plants? Hey, Adosia helps you keep that private.

Raleigh-based Adosia allows you to create your own Wifi-control system in minutes, which helps individuals and businesses alike easily create and remotely monitor their systems without having to learn how to code—a sigh of relief no doubt for many.

Adosia will be one of six startups presenting this Friday as part of the Startup Showcase at the NC TECH State of Technology conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. The showcase is centered on startups that are innovating in the area of cybersecurity, which Adosia is addressing by allowing users to use blockchain technology for more secure control systems. The company is also issuing its own unique token, a new cybercurrency called ADO, for use on its platform.

Adosia is both an IoT (Internet of Things) hardware and SaaS (software-as-a-service) technology startup that enables customers to create and build a variety of products. For instance, one could build a hydroponic system with water-reservoir temperature monitor and alerts, a smoke detector with an alarm and alert message notification system, or a simple plant feeder system that waters when it detects low soil moisture, amongst a variety of other cool products. 

Build With IoT “Legos”

The startup’s IoT platform provides the hardware and software to allow individuals with a DIY bent and business customers alike to create their own systems, CEO Kyle Solomon explained.

“There are no fully-assembled products,” Solomon said. “It’s more like IoT legos.”

Adosia has an IoT store that allows customers to choose from WiFi subassemblies, sensors and accessories that are compatible with its software platform. Then individuals can connect the device to the Adosia Wifi hardware via their mobile phone so it can communicate with the platform.

Customers then can reconfigure their devices using the platform and can set up and schedule device operating profiles, sensor triggers and customized alert preferences. For instance, one could customize analog sensors, motion detectors, temperature sensors, and water-level sensor switches. The platform allows clients to use thousands of potential configurations to allow the experience to be fully customizable.

Solomon explained that Adosia had originally started out as an ad-tech company that had built technology for publishers to increase their advertising revenue. The technology was similar to that of when an ad “sticks” to a web page as one scrolls. The ad-tech company ended up making over $500K in revenue, and the residual revenue has been helping fund Adosia.

“I knew I wanted to build hardware,” Solomon explained. “And to be able to compete and to be agile, we had to leverage what we had. I started out with ad-specific hardware, and then I thought, ‘Oh, it’d be easy to step back and let our users define how they wanted to use their hardware.’ It has been about 12 months or so since we’ve been on that track.”

Blockchain enhances security

Solomon said that one of the ways Adosia will integrate blockchain technology is from a security standpoint. For instance, one could take one of their base-level devices and make it into a house monitor or controller of a hidden safe, or create a setup to grow prize-winning tomatoes or, say, cannabis. (We won’t judge.) Adosia enables the device to be secured via blockchain instead of a centralized server or centralized authority to keep it away from any potentially prying eyes or keystrokes.

Adosia currently works with Iron Light, based in Montana, and Triangle-based Corpening Labs. Iron Light provides technical consulting services for cannabis and hemp product initiatives, Solomon said. Corpening Labs combines digital innovation with emerging tech commercialization; the company is leveraging Adosia IoT systems for the development of testing facilities for applied blockchain solutions.

The startup also plans this month to tokenize and modify its current ICO smart contract based on Solidity and Ethereum. With the modified contract, Adosia users will soon be able to create and perfect IoT device operating profiles, and then market and sell that “Data IP” to other Adosia users in exchange for the new ADO tokens. Thus ADO will be a true utility token.

Fedelyn Wester, Adosia’s director of content, said that when she came to work for the company she loved how its technology was applicable to a variety of concepts and solutions.

“Adosia has a really huge vision that I really fell in love with,” Wester said. “I love that it’s going to not only help the community a lot, but also anyone who likes to create DIY projects or hobbies.”

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