The Blockchain for Things is a trust infrastructure for data. It is a solution for ensuring the integrity and authenticity at the packet level of communication. Additionally, with the integration into common blockchain technology, temporal integrity of data is guaranteed.
The individual components enable customer infrastructure to “seal” data packets, send these packets over secured or unsecured transmission channels without compromising integrity and use the cloud services to verify integrity, order, omission or duplication and authenticity of individual data packets or streams.
The ubirch protocol is an integral part of the data communication between ubirch-enabled devices, services and the ubirch cloud services. It is a data format definition with the minimal required information to secure the integrity and authenticity of the data as well as providing information about the packet order to detect duplication and omission of packets in a data stream.
The protocol effectively consists of an envelope for the data transmission. This envelope “seals” and secures the payload it contains. The envelope is a conceptional one, though. In the actually data being exchanged between the sender and receiver, payload and envelope do not have to be transmitted together or in the same channel. In many applications it might be desirable (and is supported), to transmit the payload and the envelope/seal separately. This is accomplished by using a cryptographic hash function to create a digest of the original data packet and only transmitting the digest as the payload within the ubirch protocol envelope.
Separating data and cryptographic seal enables customers to integrate the ubirch trust infrastructure without touching the original data pipeline.
Founded in 2014, ubirch has offices in Cologne and Berlin, where it services global customers. Named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, ubirch is a market leader in IoT security leveraging Blockchain.