The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded a $200,000 contract to Simba Chain, Inc. to develop a proof-of-concept blockchain-based system to improve the integration, security, auditability, and controlled access of sensitive federal research and development (R&D) data.
This is a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract, which if successful, will be followed by a $1 million SBIR Phase II award focused on a broader commercialization strategy.
The proposed system will enable efficient sharing of documents and scientific datasets, while protecting the integrity and authenticity, but with a control layer for adding groups, users and permissions to documents they share.
The DoD, defense contractors, and enterprise level businesses have benefited from the exponential volume of sensitive data exchanged via mobile devices. An estimated 4.5 million documents are accessed by about 4,000 users.
As the enhanced flow of information represents a significant security risk, it was important for the DoD to develop a sophisticated blockchain-based solution that authenticate and document users, eliminate third party bad actors, and otherwise allow secure direct connections between trusted sources.
The system will use Simba Chain’s cloud-based Smart Contract as a Service (SCaaS) platform, which enables users of all skillsets to create and deploy decentralized applications (dapps) for iOS, Android, and other platforms. It will also enable secure, direct connections between users and providers without a third-party interface.
The system requirements for the DoD include creating access controls for documents and datasets, ensuring integrity through validation mechanisms, establishing document delivery and access verifications, enabling rapid searches, and finally, establish a standardized path for data providers and repositories to easily integrate documents and data sets into the system.
The project, dubbed ALAMEDA for Authenticity Ledger for Auditable Military Enclaved Data Access, will commence on June 1, 2020 and run through September 30, 2020.
The goal of ALAMEDA is to create a single system for efficiently sharing R&D-related documents and scientific data sets by augmenting existing repositories using Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) to maintain the authenticity and identification of the source for information.
The Simba Chain platform delivers improved traceability, authenticity, tracking, identification, searchability, and encryption using blockchain technology.
Simba Chain has been awarded and successfully completed previous contracts with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Defense.
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