The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the award of a $192,380 grant to blockchain startup Factom to support beta testing of a platform that aims to secure data from Border Patrol cameras and sensors.
Anil John, the Identity Management Research and Development Program Manager at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate said in a news release that:
“The early phases of Factom’s work has informed architecture choices and design decisions inherent in integrating blockchain with existing technologies.”
He added that:
“In Phase IV, Factom will deploy this technology in a realistic field environment with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to understand its operational impacts.”
Factom is a Texas-based startup that is currently working on technology that integrates data collected by sensors and camera onto a blockchain. This secures the data and eliminates the opportunity to spoof, modify or disrupt it. Factom’s platform will be tested in an environment with limited connectivity and varying weather conditions to help gauge its performance in a live Border Patrol scenario.
John explains that:
“The Factom piece is more along the line of: these devices exist, but how do we build a picture of the identity of this device over time? The blockchain could be the catalyst that allows us to document the changes.”
Factom has undergone several successful fundraisers over the past three years, raising $1.1 million in 2015. Later that same year, the firm also raised $400,000 in seed funding, while October 2016 saw $4.2 million raised, while April of this year netted Factom over $8 million.