Citopia

Citopia

Citopia is a member-owned and operated decentralized marketplace for cross-industry interoperability and business automation. To use Citopia, members do not have to know/develop blockchain. Blockchain is used only to anchor World Wide Web3 Consortium (W3C) Decentralized Identifiers. All ecosystem transactions use W3C Verifiable Credentials, along with data schemas developed by MOBI and others such as ISO, IEEE, and SAE.

Citopia is a member-owned and operated decentralized marketplace for cross-industry interoperability and business automation.

Automated Trust for Seamless Movement

Citopia is a secure virtual business network with machine-readable, zero-trust, privacy-preserving, and provably correct business transactions using World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Verifiable Credentials (VCs) with zero-knowledge cryptography.

Leveraging MOBI Standards, alongside standards from global consortia like W3C, ISO, IEEE, and SAE, Citopia provides a technology, vendor, and cloud-agnostic infrastructure for stakeholders to build secure multiparty applications while retaining their legacy systems, eliminating the need for centralized certificate authorities.

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Citopia Self-Sovereign Digital Twins™

A Citopia Self-Sovereign Digital Twin (SSDT™) is a digital twin that can automatically authenticate its identity and selectively disclose pertinent data (as VCs) for Web3 transactions at the edge without the need to connect to centralized databases.

Citopia’s privacy capabilities enable SSDT™ owners/controllers to choose who sees their data, what data is shared, and how it’s used, offering the data privacy and autonomy needed to engage in secure, tamper-evident transactions across the connected ecosystem.

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Why Citopia?

Citopia presents a new paradigm for engaging in trusted, secure transactions across the connected ecosystem. Contact us at connect@dlt.mobi to learn more about Citopia and/or getting involved in development.

Interoperable and Extensible

Citopia’s standards-based, Web3 approach enables the creation of scalable, interoperable applications in complex networks where the frictional cost of trust is high, helping to unlock new business models and monetization opportunities rooted in distributed, trusted data.

Platform and Legacy System Agnostic

Citopia provides a technology, vendor, and cloud-agnostic ecosystem where stakeholders can securely communicate, transact, and collaborate on multiparty business processes — eliminating the need for costly one-off integrations while allowing stakeholders to retain their legacy systems.

Cross-Border and Data Privacy Compliant

Citopia leverages industry standards with zero-knowledge cryptography to meet cross-border privacy requirements like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by eliminating the need to store sensitive user data. This standards-based approach permits flexibility to ensure compliance with future requirements.

Built Using Zero Trust Architecture

By implementing strict access controls and continuous authentication of all entities entering the network for all transactions, zero trust minimizes the potential for data breaches, provides greater visibility into network traffic and activities, and strengthens regulatory compliance.

Citopia Services

Organizations of all types can leverages Citopia services to enable ecosystem interoperability and business automation.

Seamless SSDT™ Onboarding

Citopia enables the onboarding and management of portable, tamper-resistant identities for interoperability.

Application Discovery

Citopia offers an interoperable ecosystem of applications spanning multiple industries and providers.

Zero-Knowledge Cryptography

Citopia leverages ZK cryptography to enable selective disclosure for enhanced data privacy.

Credential Validation

Citopia facilitates automated credential verification for seamless business automation.

DRIVING BATTERY INNOVATION

Citopia Global Battery Passport Registry

Citopia Global Battery Passport Registry provides the seamless interoperability and robust data privacy needed for public and private stakeholders worldwide to collaborate effortlessly, securely share data, meet cross-border regulations, and drive advancements in battery technology and circularity. Learn more

TRANSFORMING MOBILITY

Citopia MaaS (Mobility-as-a-Service)

Citopia MaaS offers a secure, easy-to-navigate federated marketplace where users can plan, reserve, and pay for multimodal trips all in one place. Users select their trip preferences to choose from providers and travel routes while retaining full control over who sees their data and how it’s used. Learn more

Citopia Marketplace

Build, search for, and access cross-industry applications from a single, privacy-preserving gateway. Citopia MaaS and Citopia Global Battery Passport Registry are built to offer end-to-end interoperability for cross-industry collaboration in complex global networks.

Citopia Marketplace

Build, search for, and access cross-industry applications from a single, privacy-preserving gateway. Citopia MaaS and Citopia Global Battery Passport Registry are built to offer end-to-end interoperability for cross-industry collaboration in complex global networks.

MOBI’s Decentralized Web3 Infrastructure

MOBI’s Web3 Infrastructure, designed to facilitate tamper-evident, privacy-preserving transactions between SSDT™ holders, consists of two member-owned and -operated layers: Citopia and the Integrated Trust Network (ITN).

Whereas most Web3 solutions combine identity verification and transactions processing, we choose to separate them into two distinct organizations, each with its own legal structure, governance, network, and operators. This increases decentralization and enhances data privacy by reducing the market power and information advantage of any single organization. The separation permits Citopia to use any W3C-compliant DIDs registry network, meaning Citopia users aren’t locked to the ITN (and vice versa).

  • Citopia is a decentralized marketplace built to enable SSDT™ onboarding & management, application discovery, and credential validation.

  • The Integrated Trust Network (ITN) is a global, cross-industry W3C Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) registry. Protocol, cloud, and technology agnostic trust anchor for digital identity management. Learn more about the ITN

Citopia and ITN were launched out of the MOBI consortium after the first pilot on MOBI Vehicle Identity (VID) in 2019 with BMW, Ford, GM, Groupe Renault, Honda, and VW. Members did not have networks like the ITN (to register DIDs for MOBI VIDs) or Citopia (for cross-industry interoperability & VCs issuance).

Per MOBI members’ decision, to prevent technology and vendor lock-in, both ITN and Citopia are federated networks (member-owned and operated). If MOBI, or any members, stops operating their node(s), the networks will continue to operate. Members are not required to use Citopia and ITN. However, if no members choose to use the infrastructure, then Citopia and ITN cease to exist. Both Citopia and ITN were incorporated outside of MOBI as for-profit entities to:

  • decentralize infrastructure-ownership
  • raise capital needed for R&D beyond what can be done with member dues
  • provide the infrastructure for members to build enterprise-scale, customer-facing applications
  • invite other consortia to join in on the efforts
  • Ease of Deploying Applications on Citopia & ITN: Node operators gain first-mover advantage in building scalable, privacy-preserving Web3 applications on top of Citopia while leveraging the ITN as a trust anchor for identity. Through active participation in the Citopia and ITN networks, organizations of all types can establish leadership in cross-industry interoperability and business automation.

  • Unlock New Streamlined Business Models: Node operators have the opportunity to accrue new net revenue through the creation of more efficient, privacy-preserving, and globally compliant business models based on distributed, trusted data — all while retaining their legacy systems.

  • Access to Cross-Industry Interoperability & Business Automation Ecosystem: Node operators gain access to an interoperable, Zero Trust ecosystem of applications for secure communication and collaboration on multiparty business processes. This offers unprecedented access to new customer bases and enables the formation of cross-industry partnerships without the need for costly one-off integrations.

  • Participate in Community Governance: The community-owned and -operated infrastructure of Citopia and the ITN helps to prevent centralized monopolies and build network resilience by ensuring that there is no single point of failure. By running nodes on Citopia and the ITN, MOBI members are empowered to play a significant role in decision-making, contributing their insights to shape the networks’ future direction.

  • Low Barrier to Entry: Operating a node is relatively inexpensive and does not require significant technical resources, meaning organizations of all sizes can easily get started deploying applications on top of Citopia. By facilitating easy entry, the Citopia and ITN networks promote inclusivity and democratize access to cutting-edge decentralized identity solutions. The elimination of complex integrations and reduced cybersecurity costs further paves the way for newcomers worldwide to engage with markets, fostering innovation and growth across industries.

Recommended Skill Set for Full Stack Developer Using Citopia and the ITN
  • Languages: TypeScript, JavaScript/NodeJS, Go
  • DevOps: REST APIs, Docker, Kubernetes, Kafka, Cloud Platforms (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Digital Ocean)
    • Note: ITN deployment scripts are available in AWS & Azure (more to come)
  • Not required but familiarity would be ideal: PostgreSQL, Redis, CouchDB, IPFS, libp2p, DIDComm 2.X, W3C DIDs and W3C VCs
  • Note: Familiarity with blockchain development is not required to run a node on Citopia or the ITN.

Blockchain is often hailed as a “trust machine,” capable of replacing various trust-related services offered by traditional entities like banks, escrows, and digital platforms. While blockchain can accommodate a wide range of data, it’s crucial to exercise caution in deciding what goes on-chain. Namely, sensitive personal and business information should remain off-chain.

Blockchains are not efficient databases due to the significant overhead they introduce. Therefore, the use of blockchain-based trust solutions should be deliberate and well-considered. To make this determination, one must grasp the limitations of Web2 technology, centralized data solutions, and the benefits blockchain brings to the table.

By combining SSDTs with W3C DIDs anchored in blockchains (multiple chains therefore not to be locked into one) and VCs within federated networks, we can harness the strengths of both approaches. This entails achieving tamper-evident, redundancy, and transparency, enhancing data privacy and security (by pushing data to the edge for transactions instead of connecting to centralized databases), and combining the fraud resistance of public blockchains with the speed, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of cloud data storage.

MOBI’s Decentralized Web3 Infrastructure

MOBI’s Web3 Infrastructure, designed to facilitate tamper-evident, privacy-preserving transactions between SSDT™ holders, consists of two member-owned and -operated layers: Citopia and the Integrated Trust Network (ITN).

Whereas most Web3 solutions combine identity verification and transactions processing, we choose to separate them into two distinct organizations, each with its own legal structure, governance, network, and operators. This increases decentralization and enhances data privacy by reducing the market power and information advantage of any single organization. The separation permits Citopia to use any W3C-compliant DIDs registry network, meaning Citopia users aren’t locked to the ITN (and vice versa).

  • Citopia is a decentralized marketplace built to enable SSDT™ onboarding & management, application discovery, and credential validation.

  • The Integrated Trust Network (ITN) is a global, cross-industry W3C Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) registry. Protocol, cloud, and technology agnostic trust anchor for digital identity management. Learn more about the ITN

  • Ease of Deploying Applications on Citopia & ITN: Node operators gain first-mover advantage in building scalable, privacy-preserving Web3 applications on top of Citopia while leveraging the ITN as a trust anchor for identity. Through active participation in the Citopia and ITN networks, organizations of all types can establish leadership in cross-industry interoperability and business automation.

  • Unlock New Streamlined Business Models: Node operators have the opportunity to accrue new net revenue through the creation of more efficient, privacy-preserving, and globally compliant business models based on distributed, trusted data — all while retaining their legacy systems.

  • Access to Cross-Industry Interoperability & Business Automation Ecosystem: Node operators gain access to an interoperable, Zero Trust ecosystem of applications for secure communication and collaboration on multiparty business processes. This offers unprecedented access to new customer bases and enables the formation of cross-industry partnerships without the need for costly one-off integrations.

  • Participate in Community Governance: The community-owned and -operated infrastructure of Citopia and the ITN helps to prevent centralized monopolies and build network resilience by ensuring that there is no single point of failure. By running nodes on Citopia and the ITN, MOBI members are empowered to play a significant role in decision-making, contributing their insights to shape the networks’ future direction.

  • Low Barrier to Entry: Operating a node is relatively inexpensive and does not require significant technical resources, meaning organizations of all sizes can easily get started deploying applications on top of Citopia. By facilitating easy entry, the Citopia and ITN networks promote inclusivity and democratize access to cutting-edge decentralized identity solutions. The elimination of complex integrations and reduced cybersecurity costs further paves the way for newcomers worldwide to engage with markets, fostering innovation and growth across industries.

Recommended Skill Set for Full Stack Developer Using Citopia and the ITN
  • Languages: TypeScript, JavaScript/NodeJS, Go
  • DevOps: REST APIs, Docker, Kubernetes, Kafka, Cloud Platforms (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Digital Ocean)
    • Note: ITN deployment scripts are available in AWS & Azure (more to come)
  • Not required but familiarity would be ideal: PostgreSQL, Redis, CouchDB, IPFS, libp2p, DIDComm 2.X, W3C DIDs and W3C VCs
  • Note: Familiarity with blockchain development is not required to run a node on Citopia or the ITN.

Pilots to Demonstrate Citopia & ITN Capabilities

Pilots to Demonstrate Citopia & ITN Capabilities

Alongside our global community, we’ve demonstrated several potential use cases for Citopia and ITN services through various pilot projects. Citopia and the ITN services are business-to-business (B2B) only. Together, Citopia and the ITN provide the necessary infrastructure for node operators to build out secure, seamless, globally compliant web services and applications. MOBI membership is required to operate a node on Citopia and/or the ITN. Contact us to learn more about becoming a node operator

EU Commission — Vehicle Self-Reporting of CO2 Emissions

Completed January 2022 in partnership with the EU Commission. Read more about the Vehicle Emissions Pilot

Citopia MaaS/Multimodal — Transit IDEA Project

The Transit IDEA Program is a part of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). TCRP is sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Read more about the MaaS pilot

Standardized Web3 Solution for Vehicle Registration, Titling, and Liens

Scope planning for this pilot, spearheaded by the Finance, Securitization, and Smart Contracts (FSSC) Working Group, is currently ongoing. Read more about this pilot

EV Reservation, Charging, and Payment

Completed November 2021 in partnership with members of the DRIVES Program. Read more about the EV Reservation, Charging, and Payment Pilot

EV Battery Track-and-Trace — Battery Birth Certificate

Completed June 2022 in partnership with Supply Chain Working Group members. Read more about the EV Battery Track-and-Trace Pilot

Dealer Floorplan Audit

Completed February 2023 in partnership with Finance, Securitization, and Smart Contracts Working Group members. Read more about the Dealer Floorplan Audit Pilot