Sep 19, 2018 at 08:30
Oct 6, 2018 at 11:26 UTC
Developer Claims To Have Completed Off-Grid Crypto Transaction Using Blockchain
Daniel Jones claims to have completed a solar-powered, off-grid cryptocurrency transaction by using shortwave radio and blockchain, reported by the Next Web on Tuesday, September 18.
The project was purportedly concocted in light of the CalForCode challenge, that challenges tech innovators to extemporise with existing tools to find solutions for natural disasters.
The off-grid transaction was done on the open-source blockchain network and involved only a portable hard drive, a shortwave radio and a solar battery pack. One of the project devs showed in a Tweet on September 15 –
“It is with great honour I present to you the first $burst radio transaction. Solar powered, mesh net, and on chain. ”
The developer has dubbed the project as “Proof-of-Life”, and explained that it entails a simple and verified wallet-to-wallet transaction or message that’s designed to confirm someone’s survival in case of catastrophe –
“[The] transaction… was a multi-factor verification of Proof of Life…. during a disaster… there could be cases where you may need to verify [that] someone is who they claim to be but without being able to see them …. the wallet was assigned to someone who sent a transaction with the fee to show the target wallet they were “alive”. This gives us some levels of certainty, wallet seed, target wallet known, and amount + fee or message content.”
Daniel Jones further added,“in a war-torn environment you may not want to disclose the location, [so] in this case I can still deliver a message and not disclose [it but] notify my loved ones that I am ok[ay].”
He emphasised that the use of amateur radio needs a license from the FCC, and the developer opted for not to reveal the licensed operator that enabled the experiment.