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In the modern world we live in, the Internet of Things is becoming more prevalent. As technology advances to allow even more smart devices to connect together, from phones to household appliances, it is only certain to play a more central role in all our lives. The issue this has thrown up for the Internet of Things though is how to keep these connected networks safe and secure from malicious hackers.

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This is where both ITC (or IoT Chain) and IOTA come in.

ITC v IOTA – which to use?

For many people, both of these cryptocurrencies will be ones they may not have heard of before. ITC is the new kid on the block so to speak and looking to challenge IOTA as the go-to solution for use with the whole Internet of Things network. Both are broadly similar in their aim and underlying Blockchain based technology but have a few differences to be aware of.

What are these differences?

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One area that they differ is the simplicity of use for people. Both ITC and IOTA use next generation DAG based Blockchain technology but ITC looks set to be easier to operate. To use IOTA, you need a pretty good understanding of Blockchain as a network and also the ‘Tangle’ technology that underpins IOTA. There is no support as such if you don’t which could be a problem for some.

In comparison, ITC is far more user friendly it would seem. While this uses DAG too, it is more of a plug in and use solution with no deep technological knowledge needed by users. It also seems that ITC have learnt from what IOTA has done previously to make their lite coin offering more secure and with faster performance. It is thought that ITC can withstand a quantum attack due to the advances in technology since IOTA was developed.

The battle between ITC and IOTA will be key

There is no doubt that both cryptocurrencies could be very useful for pushing the Internet of Things further forward in a more secure way. With the DAG technology they use giving greater control over data for users along with quicker performance, it may all come down to which is better for businesses or individuals to use on a personal level.


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  1. Interesting article. Do you know of any projects that ITC currently has in the works? I know that IOTA has partnered with Bosch and is also collaborating with many other large companies like Samsung, Fujitsu, Volkswagen, and a host of others. I could be wrong but the ITC “plug and play” advantage comment seems to lack evidence considered its counterpart IOTA is being implemented in Taipei for actual use right now and other smart cities are in the works such as Haarlem, Berlin, Japan, and Tel Aviv. Wouldn’t use across governments and large corporations signify a large amount of “plug and play” trust among those legitimate sources investing in the technologies use?

    • Dear Rick,

      While I recognise the accomplishments of IOTA. We are clearly not in the right stage to compare itc with iota on the level of partnerships and projects. IOTA is doing amazing without doubt.

      While ITC is still in its infancy, it is working really hard to bring a easy to implement (plug & play) chip to the market of iot. They have already their partnerships with smart lighting companies, which are described on their website. Hence the founders have their roots in iot lightning and use their expertise of iot on developing a blockchain solution with the dag network.

      Isnt that a obvious technological evolution that all industries go through?

      That being said, we are only talking about the UX. And so far the UX of IOTA is very challenging.

      Did iota made UX a priority? Not really no, they put priority into feelessness, decentralisation and performance.


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