You have heard of “Internet of Things” (IoT) and “M2M”. Now comes the “Internet of People” (IoP), encompassing internet-enabled human driven personal devices spreading into the fabric of society, from the now traditional handsets and tablets to revolutionary wearables and embedded technology.
Canonical, the software company behind Linux operating system Ubuntu, and leading Ethereum ecosystem developer, ConsenSys, have teamed up on an IoP proof-of-concept that brings digital identity and asset-owning capabilities to Ubuntu mobile devices.
The partnership will draw on two technologies from ConsenSys’ stable of blockchain technology projects, the uPort self-sovereign identity system and the Nimbus mobile identity-transaction security solution of BlockApps.
The collaboration brings biometric verified self-sovereign identity to Ubuntu phones and tablets, and permits users secure interaction with the Ethereum blockchain through the biometric protection of cryptographic keys. Users will be able to access Ethereum to use decentralized applications (DApps), develop Ethereum blockchain software and issue digital assets.
BlockApps’ Nimbus is a mobile solution for secure management of identity and transactions on the blockchain. Nimbus permits users secure interaction with the Ethereum blockchain through the biometric and encryption capabilities.
According to ConsenSys, the uPort authentication system permits third party authorities and peers to validate user information providing a Know-Your-Customer (KYC) / Anti-Money Laundering (AML) system suitable for the financial sector. Through uPort’s selective disclosure system, users have control over which peers, business partners or counterparties can access their data.
The latest polished release of the Ubuntu mobile platform is considered ideal by ConsenSys for building mobile blockchain apps as it is already a combined development environment and testing tool for applications.
Christian Lundkvist, co-founder of uPort, says:
“A relationship between ConsenSys and Canonical will create a powerful merging of the technological offerings of both organizations. Powered by the proven Ubuntu operating system integrated with the bleeding edge digital identity tools of uPort, the Ubuntu phone will be a great step towards a fully self-sovereign and completely interconnected world.”
Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys and BlockApps, notes:
“The Ubuntu phone is an elegant revision of the smartphone experience. And incorporating the uPort persistent, portable Identity tools takes this elegance into a realm beyond, where identity is self-sovereign — fully controlled by the user, deeply secure and, like the phone itself, opens new vistas on the emerging decentralized web services.”
Victor Wong, CEO of BlockApps, adds:
“The Nimbus uPort Convergence collaboration is a proof of concept of how BlockApps are extending the power of Ethereum-based private blockchains to mobile platform.”
Canonical looks at the development of blockchain applications and their expansion from business cloud solutions to mobile consumer applications as a means of realizing the Ubuntu operating system as the reinvention of personal mobile computing.