[updated March 15, 2019] IOTA was developed by a German team and created to support the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, using an innovative blockchain system called “tangle”. It was created to enhance communications, transactions, and payments between machines (i.e. M2M interaction).
Considering the speed with which artificial intelligence is gaining global adoption, IOTA is and was ahead of its time when it was conceived. Part of IOTA’s unique features is that it is one of the few altcoins that cannot be mined, has no blocks, and has no chains. It comes with infinite scalability and very fast transaction times, which give it an advantage over the Bitcoin blockchain, for instance.
Still, IOTA has been held to the same whims as the rest of the cryptomarkets; a big swing up in 2017 and early 2018 and then a big fall down for the last four months. The team continues to add partners and use cases which make IOTA a popular headline on our site and others. And there are a lot of bullish technologists that see IOTA’s tech as superior to many others on the market.
Still, for IOTA’s price to truly recover from its 2018 highs—where it started around $3.61 and now trades for just over $.30—more time is needed. The partnerships need to coalesce, and the chain itself needs to showcase its ease and speed through millions of transactions.
With IOTA still tied to Bitcoin, and partnerships in their nascent stage, IOTA’s price is not likely to have an upswing on its own in 2019. Beyond this year, it could make the kind of changes to the world of logistics and IoT processes that it purports to be able to do. But that’s looking down the road.
In 2019 with IOTA set to launch its first working product we can expect to see the price of MIOTA gain substantially as more partnerships are formed and the technology is adopted by more organizations.
Below we are going to look at some of the factors that will influence the price of IOTA in 2019.
Digital CarPass Is Set To Launch In Q1 2019
The first working product of the collaboration between IOTA and Volkswagen is set to be released by June of this year for public use. Digital CarPass is a practical application of the IOTA technology for vehicle telematics data.
The new product will allow a vehicle to tell its story like where it went and how it was treated. Also, it will offer tamper-proof mileage history and protect against odometer fraud in the case of second-hand vehicles. Simply put, the Digital CarPass will act as a report-sheet for cars on the distributed ledger to ensure data recorded like mileage is accurate.
According to Benjamin Sinram who is the head of the blockchain at Volkswagen, the car manufacturer is exploring distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies in unison with teams like IOTA and Energy Web Foundation.
He added that the vision of Volkswagen is to focus on autonomous cars that will carry out transactions on behalf of their owners using cryptocurrency wallets.
“We want to enable our autonomous cars to (provide) services for you and pay autonomously for these services with their own money.”
According to Sinram the product will be launching before the end of Q1 and given that this is huge for the car industry we can expect a lot of positive buzz surrounding IOTA, and it should reflect on its price.
IOTA Prepares for the Bull Market
During bearish periods, crypto experts advise projects to build the necessary infrastructure to really make their product applicable. And this is what IOTA and its team are doing.
At the moment, the IOTA community is working hard in order to have different products launched. To start, Trinity Wallet is being used and touted by IOTA enthusiasts. The Trinity Wallet works to establish a go-to and secure wallet for holding coins; an easy on-ramp for future holders to get into IOTA investing. This is a wallet addition to the already established method of storing IOTA on the Ledger wallet, which you can find more information about here.
The second important project that is being developed is a new digital ID. The world is moving into digitizing everything, including personal information. IOTA’s team is working in an important digital ID solution that will use its “tangle” technology. Although there is no official timeline for this project, developers are implementing Verifiable Claims Protocols to improve their services.
The ID project that is being developed is just one of the several projects that IOTA has signed with different car manufacturers.
The Swedish Central Bank (Riksbank), for instance, wants to launch the digital version of the Swedish Krona. The e-Krona will be based on IOTA and might be launched in 2019.
Additionally, two companies in the Netherlands, ICTU and XURUX, are investing in a project to verify legal documents within the ‘IOTA Blockchain.’
Projects like this boost IOTA’s standing as one of the more “practical” and “applicable” crypto assets. Its technology has shown potential benefits for these different sectors, and the bear market isn’t stopping IOTA from creating value.
In another recent move worth mentioning, ENGIE Lab Crigen has partnered with IOTA Foundation. The two companies will work on a blockchain based smart energy ecosystem. In the partnership, ENGIE will use its computer and artificial science to enhance IOTA tangle. According to an official blog post, the team will learn from each other through experimentations.
The IOTA blogpost further revealed that the two firms had signed an agreement to establish a cooperation deal between them. They will initiate smart energy systems made of two fundamental tools. The first, to manage server-based blockchain infrastructure and creation of cloud base systems. The other, focus on improving smart contracts.
Per the announcement, the company is primarily targeting the Asian market and intends to roll out the services before next year. ENGIE will further extend its services to southern Europe before May 2019. While making the announcement, Yves Le Gelard, ENGIEs vice president, expressed his delight by saying that:
“We are excited to be part of this program, which will make it possible for many actors to access the blockchain technology. It is a perfect example to show how ENGIE is digitally transforming the society,”
In the announcement post, Phillippe Calvez, a Lab Research Manager, commented that:
“Most proofs-of-concept and activities have already been initiated in the lab and thus we look forward to collaborate with larger international projects. The partnership will enlighten more people on the benefits of using innovative DLT technologies.”
Technical Analysis on IOTA Price
Here is a LONG TradingView chart by ForecastCity that shows there is a trading opportunity to buy IOTA.
As the analyst of the chart writes, “since the price support is above 0.2045, the midterm forecast is an uptrend is expected, and this will be confirmed if the resistance at 0.4015 breaks. However, if the support at 0.2045 is broken, then the short-term forecast or the beginning of the uptrend will be invalid.
As for technical analysis, Since the RSI uptrend #1 is not broken, the bullish wave in the price is expected to continue. If the price rises more since it’s below WEMA21, the line could act as a dynamic resistance against more gains. The relative strength index (RSI) is at 45.
The analyst suggests it’s possible there could be a temporary retracement to the indicated support zone of 0.2660 to 0.2045 and if so traders can go ahead and set orders based on price action and they can expect to reach short-term targets.
Entry zone beginning is at 0.2660.
There will be a resistance zone at .4015 — buy up to that point and see what the price will do from there.