Feb 25 2019
Nowadays technology is growing rapidly from year to year. Almost in every aspect of life, there are technologies that can help human life. One of the goals of technology is to make it easy for humans to do their jobs. Every day, more and more creativity arises that gives new innovations in existing technologies.
The development of technology today is inseparable from the demands of living. Humans are required to carry out various kinds of activities by not using too much time, space and money. This is what makes humans turn to use modern tools. However, it still requires humans to operate it.
Smartphone is one of the technology that is very close to humans and help in everyday life. Nowadays smartphone has a very important role in human life. Although its function as a communication tool, smartphone also simplify the business and work affairs of its users. As the name implies, you can do business with only one finger. Things like making a letter, sending an email and even transferring money, all can be done on one cellphone. You don’t have to bother opening a laptop to send an email or going to a bank to send money because it has been helped by the presence of a smartphone.
One of the technologies that have created and brought major changes is blockchain technology. Blockchain was introduced in 2009 which also coincided with the introduction of bitcoin by Satoshi Nakamoto. The blockchain is a decentralized system where each transaction does not require an intermediary. To be simpler, at this time every time you make a transaction, you need a bank as an intermediary in sending or receiving money. Meanwhile for the blockchain, there is no intermediary on the transactions made so that it speeds up the process and can be accessed by anyone because the blockchain does not belong to a company or individual. Everyone can access if there is an internet.
The blockchain technology is actually created because of a centralized software work system. When it is compared to centralized systems, the blockchain has many advantages. The strength of the blockchain is that it faces strong attacks and hacked servers. The transaction activity will not stop because there is another server handling the transaction unlike the centralized system that will be cut off once the system is being hacked.
These advantages make blockchain technology adopted by several digital platforms. There is a statement that if the global sharing economy of the industry is combined with blockchain technology, it will change the state of the human economy. One of the example is Rento. Rento is a global sharing economy application that offers loans for underutilized products or assets. The Blockchain offers transparency that can be accessed by anyone and that also applies to Rento in running its platform.
White paper: https://rento-app.io/assets/whitepaper.pdf
Blockchain changes the global sharing of the industrial economy
Using blockchain technology is the right choice for Rento because the blockchain has the advantages of transparency, smart contracts, and irreversible records. This certainly provides an opportunity for Rento to be able to change the industry of sharing economy to become more advanced and trusted. If you are curious about what can be done by blockchain technology to change the industry of sharing economy, here are the list:
- Blockchain introduces transparency
One of the advantages of the blockchain is the transparency that occurs in every transaction. You can see and access information and transactions that occur. Data that is accessed and available is not possible to be manipulated because every changes in the data must be in accordance with the actual transaction. That is what will be applied to the Rento platform.
The sharing economy can run well if you get trust not only from the borrower but also from the product or asset lender. The blockchain technology will provide all relevant information about the assets or products to be lent. The information can also be accessed by each party easily just by connecting to the internet. With the transparency of the sharing economy, it can also minimize interactions between potential borrowers and lenders to maintain transparency in the ecosystem.
- Low transaction costs
If you make a transaction through a bank, there is an additional fee if you transfer to different bank. Usually each bank has its own set of costs for each transaction. Likewise, if you do an overseas transaction, you will be charged a huge fee which will automatically be deducted from your balance. This is because banks also consider the conversion costs of foreign exchange, transfer fees, and the cost of sending money.
On the blockchain, the transaction fees charged are far lower than centralized systems like bank. You do not need to pay more when doing every transaction on the blockchain even the cost is cheaper than through the traditional bank. Besides being cheap, the transaction process is only a fraction of a second. Unlike traditional bank transactions that take a long time to be processed. The ease, speed, and transparency of this transaction can occur also because of the digital cash.
- Fraud is less likely to happen
A transparent blockchain system makes all people who access can see all the relevant informations. So the possibility of crime and fraud is getting lower. The openness of the blockchain structure also complicates the movement of fraudsters to commit crimes. In addition, with the validation methodology, it will ensure the authenticity of each feedback provided. Therefore, there is little possibility of fraud on a transparent blockchain structure and every information is validated.
- Risk protection facilities with smart contracts
The smart contract exists with the aim of creating a binding agreement or agreement consisting of several parties. The smart contract was first conceived by a cryptographer named Nick Szabo. If you usually store the information in the form of documents, then in the blockchain smart contract takes the form of a code. Contracts that occur later are of a permanent nature that cannot be changed again.
Smart contracts are actually made to overcome trust problems that usually arise if people make a transaction or borrow goods or products. With the existence of a smart contract, payments and transactions will be guaranteed and deposits will also be saved when the goods are being lent. It certainly provides protection against financial risks that may occur when goods are lent. The smart contract also offers efficient risk priority mechanisms.
Rento was created to provide convenience and speed in borrowing goods. But besides that, Rento also wants to grow the sharing of the economic ecosystem more broadly than the existing industry. Like hotels and transportation that have already run the industry. Therefore, Rento wants to cover other fields that have potential in this sharing economy industry. One of them is daily products or services. The platform is created to facilitate all lending and borrowing activities using blockchain technology. The technology also will ensure international transactions run safely and smart contracts that facilitate goods collateral.
White paper: https://rento-app.io/assets/whitepaper.pdf
The Key Components of Rento Ecosystems
As previously explained, Rento wants to expand its ecosystem to exceed the existing industry. To be able to run it all, of course, it requires the consistency and development of the main components of Rento so that the desired ideals are achieved. Therefore there are three key components of the Rento ecosystem. The three are:
- Rento Application
The application is one of the key of Rento Ecosystem. The aims of Rento is to share the industrial economy in a larger scope. So it will not only focus on transportation, real estate, and hospitality industries but also other industry which also is useful for people. Such as daily use items, office rooms, meeting rooms, equipment tools, hardware devices, construction tools, cameras, and other items, goods, or service that will likely be useful and needed. There are features available on the platform in order to make the rentals getting easier. Those are the feature for the users or the borrower:
a) The listing page
Listing page is one of the important feature available in the platform. In this section, there is a list of all the available products and services ready for being rented by the borrower. It also supports many classifications such as searching filter and geo-filters that will help you in searching relevant items needed.
b) Search Engine
This feature will help the customers to search what the product or service that they need. In addition, It also has the filter and sorting capabilities to make the customer easier searching product.
c) The Renting calendar
The calendar feature in the Rento application is used to see whether the product and service they need is available or not. Every product and service its availability can be seen in this feature. In addition, later Rento will launch its new feature called “Book-in-advanced” once the platform is launched. Users can also approach a product based on their listed opening.
Rento provides feedback features where borrowers can give their ratings and feedback after renting the product or service that they need based on the experience that they get while using it. In this case, blockchain technology is very helpful in preventing and minimizing the feedback manipulative provided on the platform.
After knowing the feature of the users, there are also features available for the listing owner. The feature available helps the listing owner to monitor its active product or service which is being rent. Therefore, it is different from the users. These are the features for listing owners:
a) Active Listing
This feature will help the listing owner or the lenders to find its active listings in one location. The listing owners can also see the renting schedule for its product or services on the active listing page.
b) Listing and Advertising package details
For listing owners, they can access the details package on the dashboard. In addition, Rento will provide points to service providers or businesses if they have finished registering. Later, Rento will also introduce ad positions and premium listings after 2020.
c) Customer Insight
Customer insight feature is available for listing owners so they understand how the customers behaviour. In addition, this feature can also provide rental preferences and some parameters so that the business can develop better.
- Rento Blockchain
The advantages of blockchain technology seem to be suitable for the application of the global sharing economy. Rento is one of those who has used the technology on its platform. Rento creates an ownership blockchain that has different features for sharing the global economy. In addition, Rento made the chain specifically for the global sharing economy. Making sure that it is the best database needed for Rento ecosystem.
a) Custom Smart Contract Facility
At present, Rento requires a special smart contract that has the flexibility to be able to expand the functionality to face challenges in the future. It is because on the blockchain platform there are currently no special smart contracts that Rento needs.
b) Handle dispute resolution
When disputes between borrowers and lenders occur, Rento must have full control of the blockchain system. So it needs its own blockchain so that problems can be resolved in accordance with local regulations. This cannot happen if Rento uses a blockchain from a third party.
- Store Model Store
As the name implies, Rento Model Store is a rental shop that will provide various rental products such as household appliances, lawn tractors, and scooters. All rental transactions remain through the Rento platform. The presence of Rento Model Store can also strengthen credibility and promote the vision of sharing economy directly. Another advantage gained from using this service is that feedback will be immediately heard by Rento from the customer after they use the product or asset they rent.
The Rento Model Store service also opens up the possibility of becoming a franchise brand where if there are people who are interested in operating the Rento Model Store under the Rento franchise, they must achieve a number of conditions in accordance with the franchise agreement.
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White paper: https://rento-app.io/assets/whitepaper.pdf
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