What Is Streamr (DATA)?
Streamr (DATA) is an open source project and decentralized platform that relies on cryptography instead of trust. It is a P2P, real-time data infrastructure that houses a platform and tools for a new data economy. The technology stack includes a scalable real-time messaging network (pub/sub) hosted on computers worldwide, a marketplace for trading/selling data and a set of tools for working with real-time data.
Streamr (DATA) was crowdfunded in 2017. The main idea is to create decentralized infrastructure and data economy; the mission was formulated by the developers as “Unstoppable Data for Unstoppable Apps.” Streamr tokenizes the value of real-time information and makes it available on their marketplace and data unions. This is built for DApps, IoT devices and more, and they believe this is a crucial protocol for Web 3.0.
The tasks of Streamr DATA coin include creating a comfortable and prosperous information market, which is built on the basis of a data exchange network that is convenient and understandable for users. How it works: the decentralized pub/sub network is supported by nodes around the world, who earn DATA tokens in exchange for the bandwidth and validation they provide.
The competitive advantage lies in the fact that it is an off-chain network (for example, when compared to a similar IOTA service). Therefore, the risk that the project will face scalability and bandwidth issues is modest. The intention of the Streamr team is not to create some special blockchain, but to focus on the development of network optimization technologies. If Streamr lacks the capabilities of Ethereum, developers can always transfer the platform to another blockchain.
Who Are the Founders of Streamr?
Streamr Network AG (the legal entity responsible for the implementation of the protocol) was incorporated in 2017 and based in Switzerland. The Streamr open source team consists of skilled programmers, financiers and software developers, distributed across various time zones.
Henri Pihkala is Streamr's founder and CEO. He has a M.Sc. of Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology. He has experience in software development for real-time data processing, along with 10 years of freelance IT consulting. Pihkala worked at RIQ Yhtiöt Oy and Hedgehog Oy as lead software engineer, and served as the founder and CTO of Unifina and Data in Chains.
Risto Karjalainen is founder and COO of Streamr. Karjalainen holds a Ph.D. in decision sciences from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Streamr team, he was a quantitative analyst at Buchanan Partners Limited, an analyst at JP Morgan and Wadhwani Capital Limited, and an investment portfolio manager at Merril Lynch and Estlander & Partners. He is passionate about real-time data and decentralized computing.
Nikke Nylund is co-founder and director of business development of the project. A successful serial entrepreneur, Nylund has helped found and grow companies such as Quartal Flife (acquired by Investis Ltd), Quartal Financial Solutions (acquired by KMU Capital AG) and Quartal Content Management (acquired by Satama Plc).
Michael Malka is the head of Streamr Labs. Malka has an educational background in computer science at the University of Helsinki and over 20 years of experience in the software industry, with roles from developer to CEO. Previously, he held developer positions at Bitwise Oy, RTSe, Quartal and was CTO, and subsequently CEO at Sujuva.
What Makes Streamr (DATA) Unique?
Streamr (DATA) is a project focused on seamless data exchange and monetization of this data. It’s a peer-to-peer (P2P) network for real-time data that runs on Ethereum, allowing smart contracts to be used to facilitate the exchange process.
Broker nodes are the key element of the network, which work as follows: data is received from providers (also called publishers) and transmitted to consumers – this is the publish/subscribe pattern that the network uses. Sponsors (which may be publishers) pay DATA tokens into a smart contract (called a Bounty) to secure the operation of the stream. The data stream is secured by broker nodes mining Bounties, and relayed to subscribers through publisher or broker nodes (data streams are segmented).
A number of technologies that have been developed to optimize Streamr are a hierarchically organized complex called the Streamr Stack. This complex supports uninterrupted data transmission in the Streamr network and consists of five blocks: smart contracts (responsible for optimizing relations between participants in the network's information market); streamr editor (a set of programming tools developed for the purpose of the project); streamr engine (responsible for analyzing, processing, refining data and monitoring network events); data market (a center for data streams and a platform where data is transmitted and received); streamr network (used to transfer data).
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