IOTA (MIOTA) Signs a Volkswagen Group Worker As Project Manager

Janine Härtel is now former Volkswagen Group worker as she joins IOTA’s Mobility & Automotive adoption team as a senior project manager.

While Janine was developing the idea of the  “software over the air“ PoC using the IOTA Tangle along with her colleagues at Volkswagen, she fell in love with IOTA Tangle. A statement by IOTA foundation states:

“During this time she also learned about many other opportunities to adopt DLT to the automotive world, especially for autonomous vehicles and their business models in MaaS applications. Janine has also consulted on several strategic projects in the aerospace and transportation industry, with a strong focus on IT and Engineering.”

The statement further added Janine’s love for car and Formula 1 and DTM. 

“Since her tender age, Janine has driven every car she could get her hands on, old or new, no matter which brand or model. She also loves to watch Formula 1 and DTM.”

Janine studied communication engineering with a major in mechanical engineering at the Research University RWTH located in Aachen. Her passion for cars further evolved while she worked on technologies like connected car mobility services and Over-the-Air (OTA) connectivity solutions, at MHP, a Porsche company and a subset of the Volkswagen group.  According to the statement:

“Janine started her career in a spin off company from The Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) at RWTH Aachen, in the field of production engineering. The main focus was on developing an integration platform (myopenfactory) with a consortium of ERP providers, together with small and medium-sized and mechanical engineering companies, to reduce the complexity of intercorporate interoperability between ERP systems.”

Janine seemed quite enthusiastic about this new opportunity as she said:

“I strongly believe in IOTA’s technology and the vision of a machine-to-machine ecosystem. Examples include vehicles paying for services on demand, such as in-car infotainment, delivery, parking onsite and offsite, driving though countries with toll roads, sharing electric power, and software updates. Most of these ideas are still at an early prototype stage, but I am proud to be part of this change.

It can be presumed that this new appointment could help smoothen relationship between IOTA and Volkswagen as the latter is looking forward to applying some use cases presented by IOTA.

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