Every single person has probably lost something once.
Maybe you are thinking now: I lost something important to me once.
Something that wasn’t even worth much money. But it meant a lot to you.
Unfortunately, it is these things we tend to lose very often (besides valuables like wallets, smartphones, and keys).
Things that are not worth much but have a very special meaning.
Some of us do not own much at all. But this can make the few things we have even more valuable.
And, every so often, we find ourselves missing something that is right there already.
We just have to open our eyes to see it.
With this blog entry, we want to answer a simple question you might have (since you’ve found your way here):
What is ivault, and how does it work?
However, this introduction to ivault is not a mere operation manual on how to find something you lost.
ivault is more than you might think.
Be patient and read on. I will tell you what’s in it for you. And it’s a lot.
What is ivault ?
A short introduction.
Have you ever heard of one of those spectacular Lost & Found stories on the Internet?
In Brussels, for example, some construction workers found gold bars worth €200,000 in a random sewer.
As it remained unclear who the owner was, they had the right to keep half of it as a finder’s reward!
Nice, huh? And there are even more curious stories of archeological finds on private properties…
Now, have you ever wondered if there is an invaluable treasure waiting for you right next door…?
But wait! Before you stop reading now (and start a digital detox tour digging for dinosaurs in the yard), there is yet another aspect to treasure hunts to keep in mind.
It is the social side of the coin — as the saying goes:
Maybe the real treasure was the friends we made along the way.
So far, so good — but what does this have to do with ivault? What is ivault?
Here’s the answer you’ve been waiting for.
What is ivault?
ivault is the world’s first Blockchain-based Social Network to find lost things as a free and easy-to-use mobile app.
With the ivault Lost & Found App, you can protect what’s yours. That is your valuables and all sorts of things that are important to you.
More so, ivault is a Social Community App for Locals to find help when you need it. And to never miss a thing.
So, in case of a loss or theft, for example, you can report something as missing in a fast and easy way on the ivault Lost & Found platform. The ivault Community will then help you find it on the spot.
Would you like to use it right away? ▼ Click here to find out how to start
…or are you thinking:
What’s so special about it? Why should I use another Social App… or a Lost & Found App, when I didn’t lose anything yet?
Well, the answer is, in fact, very plain: Numbers are rising…
(and we don’t want you to become part of the lost/stolen stats in the future)
Note: If you are concerned with the energy consumption of Blockchain Technology: ivault is working with a highly scalable and sustainable Blockchain. And it’s NOT Bitcoin (or other cryptocurrencies).
Statistics on lost items and theft
Millions of things get lost every day.
So, it’s probably right to say: Somewhere in the world, a person has just noticed their smartphone is gone — the second you read this sentence.
- Phones and wallets get left behind in clubs all the time.
- Wedding rings tend to escape pockets and bury themselves at the beach somehow.
- Watches get lost at the fitness studio.
- Cars and bikes get stolen.
Children are throwing massive amounts of things they are attached to out of their strollers. Just to start crying 5 min later and not stop for hours.
But, even in that case, our Lost & Found App offers the perfect solution.
Thanks to the ivault Community, you can find lost things and get them back with ease.
Think about the little things in our everyday lives that can be very valuable to us.
Somehow, it’s not just material things you lose, am I right?
Months of hard work are just gone when your laptop gets stolen. And a bunch of lost keys would cause you so much trouble! (You would have to break into your house — or rather: pay others to do so… )
You don’t lose an accessory if the lost necklace once was a present by someone you love. It can have so many emotional memories stored in it.
You don’t lose an accessory if the lost necklace was a present by someone you love. It can have so many emotional memories stored in it.
Just think of the last time you wanted to report something important as quickly as possible to as many people as possible. Like a missing pet.
But that wasn’t so easy, was it?
In fact, it should have been much easier long before! (Don’t we have this thing called technology?)
So, well, don’t think about it anymore. It’s too frustrating.
And besides, the era of things that are gone forever is over now. (Yay! )
Join the community now and never miss a thing:
► Download the ivault App now.
Here’s how it works.
How does ivault work?
To sum it up, ivault is not quite about finding lost treasures in the utmost ridiculous places (like gold bars in sewers… ).
It is much more of a real thing that anyone can benefit from — not just one lucky person (in a sewer).
That is thanks to the global community of ivault users that will help you find something you lost.
Find something you lost — with ivault
With the ivault Lost & Found App, you can reach out to millions of people all over the planet in a matter of seconds to find something you lost:
- Make a Lost & Found post to show other users what you lost.
- The ivault algorithm will send notifications to users who have the best chances to find your lost item for you (those in the right place at the right time).
- When someone finds it, they can contact you and return it to you right away.
And that’s it.
At least, that’s the core idea of the ivault App… but not the full story yet!
Of course, ivault, as a new Social Network, offers you more than a button to report missing hats and cats.
Please note that I’m not joking about missing cats here (far too serious matter).
When it comes to missing pets, it is so essential to inform lots of people in a certain perimeter as quickly as possible.
It’s one of the reasons why I want to tell you more about the ivault Community App’s main features now.
If you want to start using the ivault App you can follow along with the instructions below right away.
Above, I already answered the question: What is ivault? A new and alternative Social Network App using Blockchain to protect and find lost things (#muchWow 😉 )
Also, ivault is more of a social community of people helping each other rather than just another app.
So, here are some things you can do with the ivault App – from personal property protection to social engagement in your local community:
- Protect valuables (and other important things) ▼
- Report lost or stolen things ▼
- Provide proof of ownership ▼
- Search & find anything you need ▼
- Connect with people (and meet new friends) ▼
- Give back & help others ▼
Meanwhile, we use our award-winning Blockchain Technology Solution to guarantee the highest level of data security to protect your personal privacy. We will talk about this in a bit.
But for now, have fun exploring the ivault App – with the simple starter guide below:
ivault allows you to protect your valuables and other things that are important to you with the super-high security standard of our advanced Blockchain architecture.
Protect my valuables? My insurance got that covered for me, you may think now. And yeah, it does…
Good insurances will compensate you for something you lost or in case of a theft.
But will they bring you back your deceased grandfather’s watch (that probably means a lot more to you than the money you get)?
Most likely not.
But, luckily, that is what the ivault community can do for you.
Therefore, the ivault Lost & Found App allows you to register items as a precaution.
You can then easily report them as lost or stolen later if needed.
“Add an item to my vault” is one of the main Lost & Found App features:
Add items to your private vault that is encrypted, 100% secure, and hacker-proof – thanks to our patented Blockchain Solution. It is absolutely private, and it works like a digital safe for data stored on your smartphone. Only you can access and see what’s inside your private vault.
Here are the first steps (after downloading the ivault Mobile App):
- Log in (or create account).
- Click on Add an item to my vault (100% private and secure thanks to a professional Blockchain design).
- Name your item, e.g., Grandpa’s watch. Click Next.
- Add a description of your item. Be sure to include any special details and unique characteristics it might have, like a personal engraving. Click Next.
- Add a photo of your item. A clear image increases the chances of finding something you lost again by 50%. Try to focus on district features like scratches, a barcode, or other details that make this item unique.
- You can take more pictures or upload images of some details, for example. Click Next.
- Does it look correct? Take a moment to confirm the details are correct. Re-edit your entry if needed.
- Click on Register the item in my vault.
- Click Save.
Here’s what your private vault looks like (only for you) with a shorter version for you to save or share with others:
Congratulations, you have prepared for the worst! If something goes missing, you can report it in just a few seconds now.
And here’s how it works.
Imagine, for a moment, you’ve lost your watch.
With the feature “Report a lost or stolen item” you can make a public post to increase your chances of getting it back quickly.
A pre-registered watch in the ivault App enables you to report it as missing with just a few clicks.
You’ve already done all the work, like adding a detailed description, before.
Luckily, you already added a picture of your watch in your private vault too. (For most people it will be understandably hard to get a good shot of a lost item after it is gone…)
But don’t worry, if you haven’t registered your lost item before! You can also report something as missing even if you haven’t used the ivault App at all yet.
If you don’t have any pictures, make sure to describe your lost item in as much detail as possible. Focus on unique characteristics – you might even add a drawing!
Here’s how to post about something you lost and get help from the ivault community on the spot — with some explanations on how to increase your chances of getting back what you’ve lost:
- Log in (or register).
- Click on Report a lost or stolen item.
- Now, all we need to do is get some more information: Is this item already registered in your vault?
- Select “No, I haven’t registered it in my vault” if you haven’t registered the item yet, OR
- Select the pre-registered item directly from your vault, if it is an item you already registered. In this case, for the following three steps, just make sure the information is (still) correct.
- Give your item a descriptive name – note that this will display publicly as the post title. Click Next.
- Add a description of the lost item. Be sure to include any special details and unique characteristics — note that this will display publicly as the post text. Click Next.
- Add a picture of the lost item. A clear image of your item increases the chances of finding it by 50% — note that this picture will be public for other users to see. Click Next.
- Now, you should answer some more questions to make finding something you lost much easier:
- Was this item lost or stolen?
- Where was the last time you saw it?
- When do you remember seeing it last?
- Add a finder’s fee? A finder’s fee can help incentivize people to be more on the lookout. That, in turn, increases your chances of finding your lost item. Click Next.
- Allow users to contact you? When someone finds your item, please select the way they can get in touch with you. The chat enables users to send you private messages.
- Choose whether you want to be notified by push notifications when someone finds your lost item.
- Does it look right? Take a moment to confirm the details are correct before posting your missing item. Re-edit if needed.
- Click on Post missing item.
And here it is in short again:
Additionally, you can boost the post’s visibility or send active alerts to ivault users nearby.
But for now, check out what else you can do with our alternative Blockchain-powered platform — to get even more out of it.
After registering items you want to protect in your private vault, you can manage all of your assets in one super-safe place right on your smartphone.
You can also turn on the option Lend this item to the community to share, for example, gardening tools with your neighbors. Find out more about social app features below… ▼
One of the best parts of it is that you now have a verified — that is a time-stamped and immutable — mobile proof of ownership always with you.
It’s one of the things that make Blockchain such great technology for protecting data (and things, …and human lives as well when it comes to counterfeit protection with Blockchain in the pharmaceutical industry!)
The data you entered (like each item you added to your vault) cannot be changed by anyone anymore.
No one can hack or manipulate your entry, and this ultimately proves you’re the rightful owner of the items you registered in the ivault App.
Now, to prove ownership is, of course, critical to get back something you’ve lost as well.
Someone who found lost keys wants to be sure to return them to the rightful owner — and not hand it out to the wrong person!
As an ivault user, you can prove that you are the one and only rightful owner. And, thanks to Blockchain, there is absolutely no doubt about it!
So, a finder, in turn, is 100% sure that they are giving the key to the right person.
It doesn’t even matter how old your entry is. It proves undoubtedly that this key belongs to you.
If you are searching for something you lost, you can also look for it yourself in the Lost & Found database of the ivault App.
Someone might have already reported it as found (which is now very easy and takes less than a minute in the ivault App).
However, with our global search engine, you can also look for something you lost on vacation, AND (almost) anything else you need — and find even more than you’d believe.
Search for local opportunities and events around you, a garage sale or a garage to rent, tools to borrow, or a babysitter for tomorrow night.
Or you can get in touch with people from the place you want to travel to next!
With ivault, you can connect with people, and maybe even meet new friends.
Wherever you live or whatever far-away-from-home place you are in now, ivault helps you get in touch with the local community on the spot.
Thus, ivault can be both
- a neighborhood app to connect with people next door and meet new friends
- and even a social travel app to get in touch with locals from totally different places.
ivault is a new Blockchain-based Social Network that brings people together — both locally and globally.
But what is ivault about? It is a social innovation to help strengthen mutual helpfulness, solidarity, honesty, and trust.
What we want to create is a social engagement platform for all the open-minded locals that are part of a greater global community.
Finding lost things is maybe just a small part of it (which nevertheless was desperately screaming for a digital solution).
We designed ivault to support people at large (that includes our solutions for businesses).
We want to support people who care about others. People who want to be socially engaged.
People who want to contribute to the greater good.
So, here are a few more social app features.
Rather than talking about all this Blockchain Social Network stuff, let’s go into some details.
ivault is, above all, a social engagement platform.
Here are 4 more social app features for you to connect with people around you and help out your local community.
- Alert your hub: Update others about certain happenings in your area, such as construction sites or accidents, as well as special offers or occasions close by.
- I found something: Post about something you found and return it to the rightful owner. You might even get a finder’s reward.
- Lend an item: Help out people next door by lending and sharing things.
- Ask the community: You can ask for advice, opinions, tips, invite others to meet up with you, or simply ask if anyone needs help with something.
Any ideas about what you can offer to your community?
That’s what ivault means to us.
If COVID-19 has shown us one thing, it is that there are many good human beings in the world, indeed.
So many people were helping each other despite the need for social distancing, staying home and locked down inside.
Our little digital friends — namely smartphones — prompted us to support locals every day.
And thanks to neighbors helping neighbors and locals supporting each other (mainly digitally), somehow, a great sense of global community emerged.
Today, if something local happens, the whole world can watch — through smartphones.
And during the peaks of the global crisis, it was much the same situation in so many different places.
I think all of this made it much easier, to perceive that we are all in this together…
Helping others and giving back to this global community even on a local base is so important that we could even say:
ivault is more about preserving values rather than protecting valuables.
Thus, we also specified one of the most important concerns for us in the General Terms and Conditions of the ivault™ App :
ivault users respect and treat each other in a friendly and peaceful manner.
We want to show that there are, in fact, many good people all over this planet whom we can rely on when we need help.
We want to contribute to making the world a little better by using Blockchain Technology to offer a much safer platform for real social engagement than most of today’s apps.
Of course, this is just a tiny step as we cannot solve all the world’s problems at once — even though we want to.
But, if you are interested in helping us and supporting your fellows all over the world:
Thanks for reading!
In the next blog entry, I’m going to reveal to you, why all of this is based on Distributed Ledger Technology (better known as Blockchain).
Again, this will be about how the ivault App works, … but on a more nerdy level. 🤓
and how does it work?