ICO Analysis: AIRBLOC



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AIRBLOC is a platform for the analysis and trade of personal data, uniting buyers and companies wishing to obtain information about their customers.

As a decentralized platform for the exchange of personal data for both people and applications, AIRBLOC is planning to expand the data market to a level where individuals and small applications can participate, which will improve the quality and quantity of data transferred so that all market participants eventually benefit from this exchange.

Users will be able to monetize their own data, while monitoring and controlling transactions. Through the DAuth protocol on AIRBLOC, applications can receive permission from users and sell data on their behalf. In addition, advertisers can easily acquire and access a small amount of data and optimize their marketing campaigns using effective micro-targeting based on a high-quality and diverse set of user data.

Data Providers are end users, and fully control the use and dissemination of data.

Gatekeepers are a network node; they keep the network from fraudulent activities by checking data and detecting user violations.

Data Collectors are applications that collect data and monetize them on behalf of users. They can collect indirect data using DAuth or collect direct data from users.

Data Refineries analyze data collected from Data Providers and processes them into user-level attributes. The processed data is then added to the user profile so that Data Consumers can filter them according to the specified attributes when creating a new segment.

Data Consumers are advertisers who purchase data for targeted ads using ABL tokens.

The protocol layers are described below:

  • Application Layer: Consists of third-party DApps that use Airbloc, including Airbloc Client, Airbloc DMP, and SDK.
  • API Layer: an interface provided for communication with Airbloc Network and third-party DApps.
  • Service Layer: Airbloc Contract, which includes all the functions of Airbloc Network.
  • Core Layer: This layer is based on the Ethereum platform. It uses the internal subchain network to verify the data and uses the interchain network to link the two block libraries.

The data in the AIRBLOC system go through the seven stages of data processing, involving all five types of stakeholders. User-created data is collected and stored after Gatekeeper checks them. The refinery will refine these data in commercially available Ad data and sell it to consumers.

AIRBLOC has many competitors, including Wibson, Datum, Bitsabout.me, Insights Network, Opiria, Metame and BitClave. However, the whitepaper explains how AIRBLOC differs from these companies.

Token

The total token supply is set at 400 million ABL. The tokens will be mined based on the annual inflation rate of 2.5% with the depreciation rate of -10.9%. The mined tokens will be stored on the AIR rewards pool. Such accumulated rewards will be given to Users and Gatekeepers as rewards. The block reward has a half-life of six years. As a result, more rewards will be given to early stage Network participants.

Nodes need ABL tokens in order to validate the date, and be rewarded in ABL as per usual POS

The token sale metrics are provided below:

In terms of token economics, AIRBLOC offers two types of tokens. One is the AIRBLOC (ABL), and the other is AIRBLOC Reward (AIR). ABL is a transferable ERC20 token and AIR is a non-transferrable token belonging to Users but can later be converted into ABL at a ratio of one-to-one.

While AIR cannot be transferred to others, it could be converted to ABL. However, it is impossible to convert ABL back to AIR.

The ABL token utility is spelled out below:

  • [DATA SOURCE] Data Providers who provide data will be rewarded with ABL tokens.
  • [DATA CLEANSING+VALIDATION] Data Validators are rewarded in ABL tokens for validating and cleansing data (removing unnecessary segments of the data) before the data is registered on-chain.
  • [STORAGE] Data Storage nodes are rewarded in ABL tokens for storing data.
  • [DATA REFINING] Data Refineries analyze data and refine them into insights.
  • [MARKETPLACE] Interactions and transactions on the AIRBLOC Data Marketplace would require the ABL token.

AIR is a reward token for Users that complete productive activities in AIRBLOC, such as:

  • Provide data or contribute to the data reliability mining process.
  • When Gatekeepers maintain AeroNetwork node.
  • Refiners process raw data into valuable data.

Inflation

Actually, I was bothered by the inflation concept, so I dug into inflation and AIR issuance.

inflation will work in two ways:

1) ABL mined by nodes through a POS which requires ABL and is set at 2.5% per annum with 10.9% decrease in yield.
2) Through conversion of AIR, which is also given to user as per their contribution and amount of AIR they have.

To get ABL tokens, you must:

  1. Buy at the exchange
  2. Receive reward from node
  3. Convert from AIR

In this sense, the procedure of AIR issuance is rather important. And for this AIRBLOC introduces a concept of AIR pool.

AIR pool will be a dynamic account, from which rewards will be given as per process described above. What is important is to understand how it is filled in the first place:

  • 10% of total supply of ABL goes to AIR pool to ensure liquidity.
  • It is filled with trading fees, data usage rights fees paid by refineries and penalties for misbehavior.

Thus we see that issue of AIR is an ongoing process. But in order to hinder potential price dumps by AIR holders, conversion of AIR to ABL per hour is limited to 0.1% of AIR generated by the network.

Team

 

Roi Nam is the CEO and co-founder. He also served as CEO of ab180 (parent company) for two years.  He was engaged in web development for 1.5 years, as well as CSO for 1 year.

Wonkyung Lyu is the Dev Team Lead and co-founder. He is also co-founder in ab180.

Hunjae Jung serves as the project’s Back-end Part Lead and co-founder  and was also part of the founding team at ab180. Naeun Kim, Design Team Leader, rounds out the founding team at AIRBLOC.

The broader team is filled with developers and business professionals that are associated with ab180.

The advisory team includes JH Kim, who is also part of the ICON Foundation. He has almost 20 years of experience in the field of security, has experience in developing patented applications, such as the FCI protocol, has the CISA qualification, and is currently the director of Theloop.

Jason Han, who serves General Director of Kakao Blockchain, is also on the advisory team. He has served co-chairman and technical director of FuturePlay Tech VC.

Serial entrepreneur  Sungjae Hwang is also an adviser to the project. He is a partner of Futureplay, the initial high-speed accelerator in South Korea and the CEO of FoundationX. Prior to these companies, he founded several start-ups. He worked as the chief product officer in Fluenty Inc. and AI chatbot startup, which was acquired by Samsung Electronics in 2017.

Louis Jinhwa Kim, who previously served as Director of the Tide Institute Institute of Finance and Delegate of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (2012), is also on the team.

Partners include:

  • GS SHOP, a leading online retail platform in Korea.
  • Allbit, a new type of crypto exchange gateway. .
  • FoundationX, one of the growing funds and accelerators of venture capital in Korea.
  • VEAT, which is one of the leading law firms in Korea specializing in startup advisory services.
  • ORANGEFARM, which is focused on incubating promising startups in Korea. ab180, the parent company AIRBLOC, was incubated in ORANGEFARM as early as 2017.
  • SENTIENCE, one of the leading Korean research companies,.
  • Deblock, an accelerator in Korea which is jointly invested by ICON Foundation & Ad4th Insight, a specialized block-chain company.
  • Battle Entertainment, a leading comic platform in Korea, serving more than a million customers.
  • Humanscape, a the leading medical platform for customer relationship management in Korea, which helps hospitals monitor the condition of patients after surgery and provide follow-up services to patients.
  • Rainist, a leading Korean software company which provides recommendations for financial products based on lifestyle patterns.
  • Fysical, the world’s first full-fledged, fully functional, decentralized market for location data.
  • Indorse, a decentralized social network for professionals.

Verdict

A large team with extensive experience in the sector looks solid. The guys were able to attract consultants in areas where there are obvious gaps, as well as partners represented by ICON.

Risks

  • Based on token sale ROI statistic, marketplaces and advertising related projects do not have a good performance in the short term. -1
  • Customer attraction could face challenges. However, to offset this, the platform has developed a proprietary AirBloc Protocol SDK (software development kit) that has already been stress tested by 60 million devices in Korea. The SDK Protocol functions like a layer that can be easily implemented on top of apps, allowing acquisition of customers. -0.5
  • Platform implementation and scaling could face difficulties, as Ethereum is not suitable for this. Therefore, AIRBLOC uses the hybrid-chain architecture that uses Ethereum and ICON. Data validation and the process will be done through Aero Network, which will use ICON. Such a combination seems promising; however, without a working MVP (planned to be in Q3 2018) it is hard to judge on its performance. -1
  • There are ptential regulatory barriers in relation to private data protection laws, although the team looks prepared to handle it. -0.5
  • I do not like the fact that private sale participants get 45%, even though 30% of 45% will be locked for 3 months as their overall part in the token distribution is rather high. -2
  • The project involves a complex inflation model, which involves two tokens. -1

Growth Potential

  • Mother company ab108 is already successful in advertising market analysis in Korea. +2
  • Whitepaper and documentation are pretty good. +1
  • The team is above average with many strong developers. +2
  • A lot of strong partnerships like ICON and GS shop, Coinplug as well as several VCs. +2
  • Token metrics and distribution are in a good range with a hard cap of 20,000 ETH (around $12 million). +2
  • Strong token use case. +1
  • A good growth strategy for user attraction. +1
  • Hype is there (Telegram has 10,000+ members and lots of people are on the whitelist). +2

Disposition

This is definitely a project to look for. The team has all the necessary experience and knowledge for a successful execution. They leverage on their mother company ab108 and numerous partnerships. They have some obstacles in their way, but they have a clear plan how to overcome them. AIRBLOC receives 7 of 10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: ABL
  • Platform: Hybrid chain structure: Ethereum and ICON
  • Crowdsale: June
  • Minimum Investment: 0.2 ETH
  • Price: 1 ETH = 10,000 ABL
  • Hard Cap: 20,000 ETH
  • Payments Accepted: ETH
  • Restrictions Barred from Participating: USA and China

General details :

Website : https://airbloc.org/#main

Whitepaper : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JFpgTbp3W76Q45HmefSpLBraZ_XeTHmdtWheYMU0czQ/edit

Telegram : https://t.me/airbloc

Github : https://github.com/airbloc


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