“Primarily, the weight of the zone is based on length of clock synch messages that can be found the root chain, meaning how long has the Zone been claiming to correctly run the protocol and publish that data publicly. This weight is moreover affected by the total coverage area of that Zone, the bonded weight of its tokens on chain as well as added weight from Signals if it is operating in such an area. Further, servicing location customers and issuing Presence Claims contributes to the weight and demonstrates use.”
Thus we see the significance of Signaling, the curation of the map.foam.space, is key to building the functions that the users of FOAM need. In the next paragraph we can see how a hardware ecosystem will emerge. The Mobile Verifier, while initially human controlled, will very rapidly be able to support autonomous features based on local regulations and the use of fully autonomous drones is entirely possible. Think about the thousands of dollars we spend currently on datacenter Mining Rigs, and how a light-weight commodity drone for instance from DJI, could be augmented to performed the “Mobile Verifier” function based on a greater cost benefit ratio. This is the inherent benefit of blockchains that move to leverage a PoS system. Your greatest expenditure is not hardware or electricity. It is interfacing to a global dPoL protocol that has already functional components that you can leverage to support your locational need.
" However, other than becoming contiguous with a TFAR recognized Zone a Dark zone is to issue a Presence Claim to a “Mobile Verifier” . This is a new actor in the protocol. While a Verifier node runs on a computer to check the logs of Zones, Mobile Verifiers are to physically visit Zones, purchase Presence Claims and contribute to their weight. Mobile Verifiers will have their own reputation and will need to bond tokens to participate. Another functionality of the Mobile Verifier is that it can issue challenges against Zones it believes are not there with bonded tokens."
With full transparency, the governance function of FOAM will be realized.
" What is more is that the weight contributed to a Dark Zone by Mobile Verifiers is not by the number of Mobile Verifiers but by the cumulative amount of FOAM Tokens bonded by the Mobile Verifiers. This means that a certain percentage of the FOAM Token Supply needs to be bonded in attestations to the Zone , which prevents Mobile Verifier Sybil actions."
This demonstrates on chain the interest in the FOAM protocol, will be an audit-able measure of sentiment, and the handling of these “Mobile Verifiers” a function that will improve synergies between the “Total FOAM Area Reward” Zones and emergent “Dark Zones”.
I conclude that this demonstrates flexibility in moving FOAM forward and has opened some very interesting avenues for hardware manufacturers to capitalize on a new segment of the Blockchain industry. The vertical integration of Hardware mining, has become capital and resource intense, the competition is quite severe, and I believe that there is an interest in building something that can cater to an application with immediate PoS real-world use.
Updated: to use blockquotes for the info from the blog post.