AEBIS

Automotive Electronic Blockchain Information System
UK Patent Pending

AEBIS is an advanced “vehicular personal computer” with unique computational and security features. Our system installation in any vehicle enables a perfectly secure connection, powerful computation, fast storage capabilities for the “Internet-of-Vehicles” with a revolutionary revenue-sharing business model developed for our Clients. Our Mission is to deliver a vehicular computer with Optical Wireless Communications that provide authentic hack-proof security using a second-factor of authentication.

1.-  Our technology places a computer at the “edge.”

2.- AEBIS provides a very powerful node in a mesh-network.

The UK’s 2018 “Automated and Electric Vehicle” Bill poses serious liabilities for Insurance companies in case that an accident should occur without the requisite “critical software uploads and updates” as defined in the new Law. Most current “connected cars” simply use an SMS 3G/4G GSM connection via a mobile network carrier, without any thought for the required “authenticated software and firmware uploads, factory reset” and other features that now since April, are in effect mandated by Law. Therefore, we have a unique opportunity before us if we were able to rapidly deploy our AEBIS hardware/software retrofit solution.

This UK legislation addresses certain key principles of connected car security, most of which cannot be currently met by existing “connected car” entertainment and wireless systems! In other words, there could be up to 9 million vehicles on UK roads that are NOT compliant with UK law. This creates a significant risk exposure for insurance companies, as well as for drivers, who must provide proof effective of secure and authenticated firmware uploads, sanitation of user credentials or factory reboot and other features of security functionalities that current IoT (internet-of-things) automotive devices are simply not prepared to process nor are able to deliver with simple software updates. Any viable solution that is fully compliant with the new 2018 Automated and Electric Vehicle UK Bill, will require a hardware retrofit module in order to increase the processing power and capabilities of the system to comply with UK new Laws. The insurance industry is exposed to serious liabilities resulting from the current lack of compliance of connected cars.

1. – Retrofit telematics car market in the United Kingdom: there are over 32 million cars in the U.K. with an active secondary used car market valued at over £43 billion and representing over 400,000 trades per year.

2. – Connected car market in the UK, with over 8.5 million connected vehicles that are on the road today. We have traction with one of the top-ranked Venture Capital investors in AI autonomous car in the UK and if we were to deploy our solution with IBM Watson, we could close an important investment.

3. – The fleet market for long-haul lorry drivers and commercial vehicles that are constantly on the road. We are in confidential discussions with the largest fleet operators both in Europe and in America, with lots of traction and a possible sales order for our products.

Three are literally millions of unprotected IoT devices, some of which are in mission critical networks. This is an urgent security need, which represents and technical challenge and an opportunity for Quantum Light to capture and together with the right large strategic partner – Helios Energia our parent company is honoured to be an IBM Business Partner. This “Big Play” business case. IoT cybersecurity problems are present for all Internet connected networks, including the IBM Cloud, since most IoT firmware and user data is not encrypted, firmware updates are most commonly not available for most “smart-devices” and those with software updates are not-encrypted and credentials are exposed.

We believe that in global industry terms, the automotive computer and communications industries are in a state of convergence in terms of their architecture for the Internet-of-cars. A similar situation was present and resolved by the computer industry back in 1962 when deciding to pursue a “time sharing” mainframe architecture in which dumb-terminals would populate the world. Or, perhaps there would be client-servers with powerful computation and storage on-demand? The personal computer won the market completely, of course. The same will apply to cars.

The “Internet-of-things” along with the advent of electronic control units or microprocessors in the engineering of cars is at a similar “convergence point” in its early stages of development. We have today very limited computational and storage capabilities present in the hundreds of MCU devices installed in cars and there is a clear architectural option that is an analogy or comparable model to the client-server or “car computer.

There is evidence to conclude the same archetype of convergence will apply to the internet-of-cars and based on early market adoption models of client-server computers, we are convinced the car computer may mirror the advent of the personal computer. We are in a similar architectural development path in which cars must also be retrofit with a comparable client-server that is equipped with significant computational and storage capabilities in order to satisfy user demands. Therefore, we have designe AEBIS as an electronic logic control and communications unit that is to be integrated within a hardened heavy-duty enclosure for custom installation in all types of vehicles, via open standard auto industry interface protocols with all vehicles or with analog vehicles in an alternative stand alone, completely retrofit, independent system integration.

AEBIS is prototyped and designed with embedded circuit boards for a POC using an FPGA modular roadmap towards an application-specific intregrated circuit and software architecture. Our model is to provide every vehicle owner with a revenue generating, secure “car computing” platform. A tamper-proof retrofit vehicular “super-data-box” for distributed ledger protocols, secured by optical and digital firewalls for mesh networking. Our AEBIS retrofit secure vehicular computer is to become a revenue platform for our users.

There could be over 20 billion IoT (“Internet-of-Things”) mostly-unprotected devices by 2020 coming on-line, some of which are in mission critical networks. This is an urgent security need that represents a technical challenge and an opportunity for us to capture this Eureka’s business opportunity together. IoT cybersecurity problems are present for all Internet connected networks, including the IBM Cloud, since most IoT firmware and user data is not encrypted, firmware updates are most commonly not available for most “smart-devices” and those with software updates are not-encrypted and credentials are exposed. The use of “open-source’ Linux GitHub repositories to build coding libraries is vulnerable due to unstable run-times and third-party code. It creates intrinsic vulnerabilities and opens the door to all kinds of software bugs, which frequently produce fragmented runtime environments. Crypto suites for SHA-256 and sandbox environments are provided by third parties and given software frequent deprecation many applications are unstable since there is a need to update essential Linux components frequently. Code execution is complex and time consuming far exceeding the delay intolerance of TCP/IP communications so blockchain cannot be scaled.

The initial deployment of AEBIS will be on classic cars, a premium market niche where authentication and certification of provenance, originality, and ownership are essential. In AEBIS, SBCTM enables a secure recording, onto the Company’s blockchain-based network, of every transaction, service, repair, recall or modification conducted on a connected vehicle. The Company is currently completing development on a hardware/software solution that integrates the blockchain “mesh-network” node for classic & vintage cars; subsequently, for vehicles now in circulation and, ultimately, OEMs. Another point of market entry that will be targeted early on is the opportunity afforded by a critical need for authentication and fraud prevention in the fine art and valuables auction marketplace.

Leading analysts and research firms focused on computer information networks and IoT concur that the most pressing need today is for an effective end-to-end “IoT” security solution able to protect many smart devices from hacking threats.

Technology research firms Frost & Sullivan and Gartner concur in that IoT security is an essential product offering in today’s hacking threat environment. Responding to the challenge, the Company has developed a product suite that offers:

  • Secure blockchain-based remote mesh-network node operations
  • Fast onboard encryption/decryption processing
  • On-board blockchain-based ledger processing and data storage
  • Firewall functionality for in-car network communications
  • Backward compatibility, easy to retrofit installation
  • Compatibility with pre-ECU and older model automobiles
  • Plug-and-Play installation with a tamper-proof mechanism
  • Authentication of all vehicle documentation
  • Blockchain-based transaction record of all aftermarket transactions
  • Certification of all parts used and repairs conducted on the vehicle
  • Authentication for DVLA (Vehicle Authority) for MOT Inspection
  • Potential built on-board applications for leasing and insurance operators

 

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