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Full blockchain nodes added to smart WiFi routers in DePIN innovation – Exclusive Full blockchain nodes added to smart WiFi routers in DePIN innovation – Exclusive

Full blockchain nodes added to smart WiFi routers in DePIN innovation – Exclusive

Minima CEO Hugo Feiler talks about the recent Wicrypt collaboration exclusively with CryptoSlate.

Full blockchain nodes added to smart WiFi routers in DePIN innovation – Exclusive

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Minima, a layer-1 blockchain focused on Decentralised Physical Infrastructure Network (DePIN) solutions, has announced a novel partnership with Wicrypt, a smart Wi-Fi network that allows users to earn tokens by sharing their Wi-Fi hotspots. The collaboration aims to democratize internet access and make it more affordable for everyone by decentralizing the infrastructure required to provide internet connectivity.

The partnership leverages Minima’s lightweight, device-agnostic blockchain architecture, which enables full nodes to run on mobile and IoT devices, making it highly adaptable for scaling DePIN. The two companies hope to reshape how digital services are delivered and consumed by integrating Minima’s blockchain technology with Wicrypt’s innovative Wi-Fi network.

Wicrypt will embed Minima nodes into Wi-Fi routers, allowing them to grant network access to Minima users. This approach not only decentralizes the network’s infrastructure but also enables Wicrypt router users to actively participate in the Minima blockchain, supporting transaction processing and contributing to the strength and distribution of the network.

In an exclusive interview, Hugo Feiler, Co-founder and CEO of Minima, shared insights into the partnership, the challenges of decentralizing internet access, and the future of DePIN solutions. The following Q&A delves deeper into the vision behind this innovative collaboration and its potential impact on the digital landscape.

Interview with Hugo Feiler, Minima Co-founder and CEO

Can you share the story behind the inception of the Minima and Wicrypt partnership? What sparked this innovative collaboration?

The inception of the Minima and Wicrypt partnership is rooted in a shared vision of decentralization and the democratization of digital services. Both organizations recognized early on that the future of internet connectivity and digital interactions lies in a model that empowers users at the grassroots level, shifting control away from centralized entities and towards the edges of the network.

The groundbreaking partnership between Minima and Wicrypt is driven by our joint ambition to redefine internet access through the lens of decentralization. At the heart of this collaboration is the integration of Minima’s blockchain technology, which introduces edge tokenization and peer-to-peer (P2P) messaging into the Wicrypt network. This fusion not only broadens internet access but also innovates how users interact and transact online. By embedding Minima’s blockchain solutions within Wicrypt’s infrastructure, we’re empowering users to engage in direct, secure communication and to tokenize assets right at the network’s edge.

This means that users can now earn, trade, and leverage digital assets through seamless P2P transactions, fostering a new economic layer where internet access catalyzes financial opportunity and vibrant community interactions. This strategic synergy aims to create a more inclusive, economically empowering digital ecosystem, highlighting our shared vision for a decentralized future where technology serves as a platform for financial inclusion and direct, secure communication.

Embedding Minima nodes into Wicrypt WiFi routers seems like a technical marvel. Could you elaborate on the technical challenges and breakthroughs experienced during this integration?

The integration of Minima nodes into Wicrypt WiFi routers was a thoughtful process, leveraging Minima’s adaptability to devices with adequate CPU and storage. This endeavor required careful planning and optimization to ensure the routers could efficiently run Minima nodes alongside their primary functions.

The collaboration between Minima and Wicrypt’s technical teams facilitated a seamless blend of blockchain functionality with existing WiFi technology, demonstrating the practical application of Minima’s blockchain within diverse infrastructures. This integration, while meticulously executed, showcases the potential for blockchain technology to enhance network resilience and user participation without compromising device performance.

How do Minima’s Decentralised Physical Infrastructure Network (DePIN) solutions complement Wicrypt’s vision of democratizing internet access?

Minima perfectly complement Wicrypt’s mission to democratize internet access. At its core, Minima’s technology enables a highly decentralized, secure, and scalable blockchain network that operates efficiently on a wide array of devices, from smartphones to IoT devices, and even vehicles. This universal compatibility ensures that Minima’s blockchain can serve as the backbone for DePIN projects, facilitating a truly distributed and participatory digital infrastructure.

Wicrypt can now transform every connected device into a node.This approach not only decentralizes the control over internet access but also empowers individual users with the ability to generate tokens, manage access control, and authenticate data at the edge of the network, directly on their devices.

This seamless integration between Minima’s blockchain technology and Wicrypt’s vision for accessible internet introduces a new paradigm of network participation where users are not merely consumers but also contributors to the network’s infrastructure. It exemplifies a shared commitment to leveraging advanced blockchain technology for creating more equitable and user-driven internet access solutions, fostering a more inclusive digital world.

In what ways does decentralizing internet access through blockchain technology challenge the current paradigm of internet service provision dominated by large corporations?

Throughout history, large corporations have dominated the deployment and management of physical infrastructure, mainly due to the substantial capital required to enter the industries, for example elecoms infrastructure, datacentres, transportation and many others.

This monopoly by major companies has led to controlling pricing, conditions, and services for end-users, resulting in a lack of competition and innovation in certain industries. DePIN is disrupting this pattern by empowering people worldwide to collectively construct, maintain, and operate community-owned physical infrastructure networks. This decentralized approach eliminates the need for a centralized entity and ultimately offers end-users more cost-effective services.

One of the early examples of DePIN in action has been the democratization of internet access, presenting a paradigm shift in how connectivity is distributed and accessed.

How does this technological synergy enhance privacy, security, and resilience against common threats in digital communication networks?

The partnership between Minima and Wicrypt enhances network privacy, security, and resilience by decentralizing data across many nodes, reducing centralized attack points. Minima’s blockchain uses advanced encryption for secure, private communications, while peer-to-peer messaging ensures direct, confidential exchanges between users. This approach mitigates common digital threats and bolsters user privacy in online interactions.

Looking towards the future, how do you see decentralized networks evolving in terms of scalability, user adoption, and regulatory challenges?

It’s undeniable that DePIN has the potential to revolutionize current infrastructure models, yet an often overlooked factor is the importance of the underlying blockchain technology being used to support the infrastructure.

The blockchain layer serves not just as a medium for composing data and facilitating networks but also plays a pivotal role in token settlement, distributing rewards, and enabling the exchange of services. The success of DePIN projects, therefore, is heavily reliant on the robustness of the underlying blockchain.

Layer-1 blockchains provide a robust foundation for DePIN’s infrastructure because they ensure secure transactions as well as ultimate immutability and transparency. However, more importantly, device agnostic fully decentralized layer-1 blockchains that allow any device to run full nodes will enable several features that will take DePIN projects to the next level such as token generation on the device, data attestation, and Machine-2-Machine communication.

Imagine your smartphone or IoT device acting as an integral part of the blockchain network, contributing to its security and decision-making processes. This capability could democratize digital ownership and operations in unprecedented ways. For example, with token generation happening right on your device, you would have the power to create and trade digital assets securely, without needing intermediaries. This opens up new opportunities for creating, earning and trading in new digital ecosystems.

Moreover, data attestation by full nodes on devices ensures the authenticity and integrity of information within the network, making digital interactions more reliable. This is particularly crucial for applications that require unquestionable data accuracy, such as in supply chains or personal identity verification.

Additionally, Machine-2-Machine (M2M) communication can automate interactions between devices without human intervention, streamlining processes ranging from automated billing to smart home functionality. This not only enhances efficiency but also fosters a more interconnected and autonomous digital environment.

Every innovative venture faces its set of challenges. What are some of the hurdles you foresee in the widespread adoption of DePIN solutions, and how is Minima preparing to overcome them?

We foresee that scalability without impacting network performance and interoperability between DePIN networks as being key challenges in the category. Minima dresses both!

For scalability, Minima addresses this challenge by everyone running exactly the same piece of software with zero hierarchy in the network that could as a bottleneck. Our solutions are designed to scale dynamically with the network’s growth, ensuring that performance remains robust even as the user base expands.

For interoperability, Minima ensures that any device running a Minima node can communicate directly with any other node on the network, facilitating peer-to-peer (P2P) message exchanges without requiring intermediaries. This direct communication model is crucial for achieving seamless interoperability between different networks within the decentralized physical infrastructure space. By enabling nodes to interact directly, Minima lays the foundation for a highly interconnected and efficient ecosystem, where information and transactions can flow freely across various networks, enhancing the collaborative potential of decentralized systems.

How does the partnership aim to lower the barriers to entry for internet access and ensure more equitable distribution of connectivity?

Wicrypt will embed Minima nodes into WiFi routers which will then be able to grant network access to Minima users. By running Minima nodes on Wicrypt routers, each router will become an active node, thus decentralising and making the network’s infrastructure more secure and resilient. Furthermore, it enables Wicrypt router users to actively participate in the Minima blockchain, supporting not only transaction processing but also contributing to the strength and distribution of the blockchain network.

The collaboration between Minima and Wicrypt enhances the functionality of both networks. Minima users can access Wicrypt’s data network, and community members can buy and host Wicrypt hotspots. Additionally, Wicrypt users gain enhanced privacy with Minima’s secure P2P messaging for instant communication.

This model reduces the need to run time and energy-intense internet networks, leading to potential cost reductions in broadband packages.

With over 100,000+ node operators, Minima boasts one of the largest networks in the DePIN space. What strategies are in place to sustain and further expand this community engagement?

To sustain and further expand our network, Minima employs a dual-faceted strategy.

Firstly, we focus on nurturing our community of developers by providing comprehensive support and resources. This empowers them to create innovative DePIN projects on the Minima platform, driving organic growth through cutting-edge applications and services.

Secondly, we proactively engage with enterprises across various industries. Our aim here is to develop applications that not only enhance infrastructure management efficiency but also open up new avenues for revenue generation. By working closely with enterprises, we facilitate the adoption of Minima’s technology in practical, high-impact use cases, ensuring our network’s relevance and utility across the board. Together, these approaches ensure a dynamic and growing ecosystem, fostering both community engagement and enterprise collaboration.

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