ITIC Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Joachim Taiber, has been named an advisor to The IOTA Foundation.
Billed as “The Next Generation Blockchain,” IOTA has developed a revolutionary platform for the IoT data economy that makes every technological resource a potential service to be traded on an open market in real time, with no fees. This allows technology developers – and eventually anyone – to safely and securely share IT tools and applications, data transmission, Masked Messaging (MAM), and shared use of “anything with a chip in it,” such as appliances, tools, drones and vehicles.

On being named an advisor, Dr. Taiber said, “The automotive industry is in the middle of a massive transition stage which is driven by the digitalization of business processes, vehicle systems and infrastructure. Although IOTA is still in an early stage of development, it has the potential – both in the technology as well as the founding team – to be disruptive for the automotive industry.”

As Chief Technology Officer of ITIC, Dr. Taiber is responsible for developing a global network of testbeds for automated, connected and sustainable vehicle technologies. A native of Germany, his extensive career in the automotive industry began with BMW AG in Munich where he was instrumental in planning the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) located at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, S.C. Eventually, he was asked to lead the Innovation Office at ITRC where he and his team developed a multitude of IT innovation prototypes in the domain of mobile device applications, cloud services and vehicle-to-infrastructure services. In 2010, Dr. Taiber became a research professor and faculty member of the Department of Automotive Engineering at CU-ICAR. He created the Sustainable Mobility Institute, serving as its director and focusing on research activities in the domain of vehicle electrification, vehicle connectivity and vehicle-infrastructure interaction.

IOTA Founder David Sønstebø said, “We are delighted to have a titan like Dr. Joachim Taiber on board as an advisor to the IOTA Foundation and its Smart Mobility workgroup. He brings a lifetime of experience and seminal expertise of the present and future of the automotive sector and smart city mobility.”