Smile, Blockchain is Watching: Crypto Technology in Home Security

Smile, Blockchain is Watching: Crypto Technology in Home Security

Blockchain technology is finding increasing applications, and one of the most innovative apps is Logbean, which is used for access control in gated communities and buildings. The system is simple and involves scanning the interested person's ID or driver's license through Blockchain technology to gain entry into a private residence.

"We always thought that a solution to improve physical security should also incorporate cutting-edge information security technology. Blockchain provides Logbean with an immutability layer: the registered information cannot be modified," stated a Logbean communication.

Moreover, this technology allows for a "digital notary," where each operation is sealed by a network of nodes and cannot be altered. For instance, the person's data, entry and exit times, and related information are "sealed." In case of a serious security incident at the location or the need for an investigation, locations using Logbean can ensure that the information they possess is 100% accurate.

Ezequiel Kupervaser, Kyas Project Leader, shares with iProUP that his company initially started as a family venture dedicated to fruit traceability and saw Blockchain as an opportunity to record secure and accurate information in real-time.

However, it all started almost by chance. "Two years ago, I joined the company, and as our last name is long and sometimes difficult to write, we faced issues when going to gated communities (where my sister lived at that time) in getting it correctly noted. So, we started developing a prototype that would scan the ID and register the unit you were visiting, and the resident of the place would receive it immediately," says Kupervaser.

This initial prototype later gained security applications. "We continued working on it and added invitations. Then, we connected with UCA (Universidad Católica Argentina), which needed a system to register people going to the library and meetings, and we obtained good results," he comments.

Logbean has three user profiles. The first is the "Unit Administrator," referring to a house, apartment, or office. The second is the "Guard," who handles all operations when a visitor or package arrives. Finally, the "Location Administrator" can be the building or gated community, with control and statistics of all people and parcels traffic. When a person announces themselves at the entrance, the guard requests their ID and scans it through the app. If the visitor has a valid invitation for a unit or event, the system notifies the guard to allow entry.

"The app is read using a code on the cellphone, and it shows whether the person is invited or authorized to enter the place. At the same time, the owner (or event organizer) receives a button giving them the option, between yes and no, to allow the person in. Besides access functionality, we added messaging capability, and when a package arrives, the guard takes a picture, registers it, and sends a notification to the owner, who must confirm when they collect it, and everything is recorded," says Kupervaser.

All entry information is recorded in a cloud-based database for consultation at any time: entry and exit times, the guard who performed the operation, the unit or event the person entered, type of access (visitor, supplier, worker), vehicle information, authorizing person, and geolocation.

Additionally, it features a SOS button that works anywhere in the world. When pressed, the guards receive a notification, regardless of the person's location. Another feature is the vehicle registration, where documentation can be inputted and alerts are issued when the registration is about to expire.

Source: iProup