Internet of Things (IoT) blockchain specialists riddle&code is joining the innogy Innovation Hub and seven other companies in a project called "Genesis of Things". The complete partner ecosystem is composed of global professional services and 3D printing companies, and will become a reality in 2017.

Genesis of Things, as a platform, is a shared autonomous factory, connecting customers, designers and 3D printing service providers, said a statement. The platform allows customers to remotely decide in a secure environment what, how and where to produce, and be assured that this is accomplished according to their specifications.

Designers can securely share their IP designs and obtain a royalty; 3D printers can be offered and used as a autonomous and decentralised factory. The "fourth manufacturing revolution" will follow this path: an open infrastructure allowing IP to scale globally and stay protected, it said.

Álvaro Mier, CEO at riddle&code said: "We are very excited of being part of this project. We take it as a recognition for having the most advanced and convenience solution in the market.
Our responsibility with this project is to secure every and each product that comes out of this factory. So anyone can be assured that the product is original and it has been manufactured according to specific requirements."

Dr Carsten Stöcker, of Machine Economy Lighthouse innogy SE, added: "We are convinced that secure tagging of physical objects will play a fundamental role in future supply chains increasing trust about the products people use.

"The vast majority of today's tagging solutions is not tamper proof. The combination of riddle&code tagging, cryptography and blockchain provides a much more secure tagging solutions. In addition new features such as proof of ownership or proof of authenticity can now be easily added to a product.

"What we like about riddle&code is that their solutions takes advantage of energy harvesting. Therefore, riddle&code tags can be operated everywhere and independent of any power supply or battery. Now, everyone can simply check with his phone whether an industrial spare part, an Adidas T-Shirt or a bottle of champagne is genuine or fake."