February 21, 2023

Introducing peaq control | Manage and earn from your connected machines

“This is Major Tom to peaq control — requesting access to the Web3 Economy of Things.”

“Major, we are beginning the connection procedure. Please shut down the main and maneuver thrusters, power off the shields, and prepare the spaceship’s airlock for docking: The inspection team is on the way.”

The above is a tad more complicated than the experience of you, a machine owner, trying to link your connected vehicles, robots, and devices with the Economy of Things on peaq. Instead, you can head to peaq control, a permissionless, decentralized application, where you can hook in your electric vehicles (EVs), charging stations, sensors, AI-powered drones, smart cameras, spaceships, and other hardware standing idle in the garage, and start earning from them.

Wanna know how? Read on!

Take back control  

Web3 is all about sovereignty, or in another word, control. In our current Web2 world we live under the guise of autonomy when in reality, everything we do or say is monitored and controlled. We may think we own our things — our connected phones, tablets, devices, vehicles etc. — but for as long as they rely on Web2/Big Tech, we don't truly own them. The value and data they create is not created on our watch.

It doesn’t have to be like this — there’s a better way.

peaq control is the Web3 command and control center for machine, vehicle, robot, and device owners, working as your gateway into the Economy of Things. Through the decentralized application (dApp), now in a public beta, you will be able to link your connected hardware with the decentralized applications within the peaq ecosystem, such as a decentralized electric vehicle charging service or a Web3 Uber. By doing so, you can manage your machines and earn on the real-world value and services they create without any Big Tech intermediaries.  

Here’s an introductory tutorial video:

peaq control leverages decentralized data storage to guarantee its users the highest degree of sovereignty (here’s how that works, for the coding geeks out there) and offers you a vast array of tools to connect, monitor, and manage your devices and their earnings. With peaq control, you can create self-sovereign peaq IDs for your devices, integrate them with the dApps running on peaq, and track their earnings and use in real-time through a dashboard so user-friendly you wouldn’t believe it’s Web3.   

With the initial release, peaq control enables users to connect their Raspberry Pi mini-computers with Agung, peaq’s testnet. The future updates will introduce new functionalities and initiatives around these devices, so stay tuned!  

"As a quasi-standard for embedded systems, Raspberry Pis are a great development platform for IoT and EoT developers due to their affordability, interoperability, and versatility,” says Harry Behrens, Co-Founder and CTO at bloXmove, a layer-2 protocol that just started building on peaq, focusing on mobility and energy dApps. “Such projects can prototype on them and validate use-cases where machines interact among each other (M2M) and/or with users while ensuring security, identification, and verification. Pis are perfect tools for building peer-to-peer systems, they can work as control units for other devices and the entry point to peaq blockchain as autonomous hardware wallets. The Pis connected to peaq will be incredibly useful for everyone building on the network.”

A hands-on dive into the Economy of Things

This is all fine and dandy, you may say, but what do I do if I don’t happen to have a Raspberry Pi lying around, not to mention an EV charging station or a spaceship? Worry not, the un-raspberried, for there’s another way for you to experience the Economy of Things right here and right now. 

Coming out alongside peaq control is the peaq eot demo app, a tool designed to enable anyone to get a hands-on taste of the Economy of Things without purchasing any actual hardware. In the peaq eot demo app, users can generate an unlimited number of demo machines to play around with and get a sense of how they will be able to earn in the Economy of Things on the peaq network. Head here to learn more and please let us know what you think of the dApp through this form once you've tried it.

“peaq control and the peaq eot demo app work not just as the perfect gateway into the Economy of Things, but also as the clearest explainer on what it is ever. peaq control works as the ultimate tool for machine owners, both private and institutional, enabling them to literally take back control from Big Tech and Web2 intermediaries. The demo app is there to make sure everyone can get a sense of the Economy of Things in a matter of just a few clicks.”

- Leonard Dorlöchter, co-founder of peaq.

More cool stuff coming

In its current state, peaq control already works as a vital tool for machine owners, whether private or institutional, looking to bring their devices into the Web3 Economy of Things. peaq control’s core function — enabling users to link their machines with dApps and make them discoverable for their users — allows everyone to participate in the Economy of Things and earn on services rendered by their devices. This way, it connects dApp builders writing the code that enables such value exchanges with machine owners, making their projects truly peer-to-peer and community-driven. 

In other words, in the Economy of Things, you can always choose between a company-run charging station or renting out your neighbor’s one, depending on your preferences. By the same account, you can rent out your robot vacuum cleaner to someone in need and earn on the clean-up. In both cases, a dApp running on peaq enables the service exchanges, and peaq control is what links the charger and the robot with the dApp, bringing you access to the charger and sparing someone else the need to clean up themselves.

The future updates of peaq control will expand the stack of devices that users can link with the Economy of Things on peaq. Machine manufacturers, whether institutional or private, can speed up the process by creating the templates for connecting their creations with peaq, or even pre-connecting them to grant customers the most seamless transition into the EoT imaginable. Machine manufacturers will also have a new revenue stream opened up: selling to communities rather than individuals. In the same way a private individual can offer their electric vehicle to be used on different dApps in the peaq ecosystem, so too can manufacturers rent or sell machines to the community. 

Furthermore, peaq control’s subsequent versions will also bring machine maintainers into the ecosystem alongside machine owners and manufacturers and dApp builders. Maintainers, whether companies or private individuals with all the appropriate certificates, will take on the role of installing and maintaining the machines making up the Economy of Things. In simpler terms, your nearby auto repairs service or car wash may soon go Web3, joining the peaq ecosystem as a maintenance service provider through peaq control. So stay tuned for future updates and make sure to bring your crypto wallet along next time you’re taking out your ride for a wash, just in case!    

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