Blockchain technology drives a security camera system focused on privacy

The new IoTeX camera has a private key for end-to-end access and encryption of all data.

IoTeX, a privacy-focused platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), has partnered with camera manufacturer Tenvis Technology to offer Ucam, an indoor security camera with blockchain technology.

IoTeX’s head of business development, Larry Pang, told Cointelegraph that Ucam users can access their camera data through a decentralized system and log in with an „uncrackable“ password. A user’s camera or mobile phone does all the computing, which means that decryption takes place on the devices, allowing users to control their own data.

„A private key is used to encrypt all data from one end to the other,“ said Pang. „We need to have technology that ensures our privacy and ownership rather than terms, conditions and policies.

The system was designed to prevent the kind of data and security breaches that have plagued many companies behind Internet-based surveillance cameras. Amazon Ring users reported a series of Golden Profit in December, some of which involved computer hackers using the system to harass people in their homes. There were similar incidents of Google Nest camera users this year, one of which involved a bad actor playing pornographic sounds in the bedroom of a 2-year-old girl.

„These kinds of attacks are all ‚walking through the front door‘,“ said the IoTeX executive. „They are password-based hacking, where they are hacked by brute force. An 8-character password can be broken in a few minutes.

By using the blockchain infrastructure, Ucam is reported to bring the end-to-end encryption typical of crypto-currencies to home surveillance by using this infrastructure. Pang said that even non-tech-savvy Ucam users will begin to see the benefits of the technology, offering the traditional camera functions they desire with the crypto concept of „if not your keys, not your coins.

„What better kind of everyday problem than peace of mind and privacy? That’s the first kind of introduction for people to the crypto world“.

We can try to turn [customers] into crypt users,“ said the IoTeX executive, saying the underlying technology would provide a new way to reach those who are not familiar with digital currency. „We are not talking about asset speculation. They really don’t need to know about blockchain, they just need to know that privacy is the goal, privacy is the result“.