More safeguards should be put in place to protect personal information when using IoT home security cameras/systems and home automation devices.[“Ring” (Amazon) and “Nest” (Google)] Can these companies be trusted with your personal information? The powers that be can simply require these companies to hand over camera footage of anyone anywhere. These products could bring legitimate value to the consumer and should help people feel more secure but given the high potential for misuse, they do not.
There is a wide variety of security devices on the market with similar use-cases.(motion sensors, doorbells, floodlights, cameras, etc.(you can even unlock your front door with your phone from 1000 miles away) There is enormous popularity with these devices but I am afraid people simply do not understand the privacy implications. Like everything HOPR related, public enlightenment and education are possibly the biggest hurdles.
Implementation of this proposal would be through partners and grants so HOPR could provide the privacy and metadata privacy for such devices.
Thanks! Yep, there is a wide variety of security devices on the market with similar use-cases.(motion sensors, doorbells, floodlights, cameras, etc.(you can even unlock your front door with your phone from 1000 miles away) There is enormous popularity with these devices but I am afraid people simply do not understand the privacy implications. Like everything HOPR related, public enlightenment and education are possibly the biggest hurdles.
I agree with the notion of reducing reliance of service providers for IoT being nice, until they aren’t anymore.
The proposal touches multiple layers though. HOPR doesn’t provide anything in regards to private access to devices. Instead HOPR could be used to shield a user’s access location and patterns to their IoT devices.
Imagine you are checking your security camera from vacation every day. The service provider, and potentially other parties, would see your origin, being away from home and use that information to determine when to enter the house. Through HOPR that access pattern and origin could be masked, making it impossible to determine whether you are away or not, or even determine if its you accessing the device.
Amazon’s Alexa, Apple Home, SmartThings, Google Home, Xiaomi, Acara, etc…
All those smart home applications are vulnerable in terms of data privacy leak especially in matter of remote access. I’ve seen lots of videos where hackers getting access to personal home-built cameras and other devices.
Having Hopr layer will allow us to have secured channel of communication with IOT-devices. Great idea @Emmerson_Biggins.
Wow, HOPR with IoT. That would be super cool. I don’t have enough knowledge to understand how HOPR, which is running on a blockchain, can interact with IoT devices and network, which is outside the blockchain, but IoT space is definitely a great place for HOPR.
Helium Ecosystem (https://www.helium.com/) might be also a great place for HOPR.
Thats a great idea, an an engineer there is a real push for smart buildings now and in the future and to be protected by the HOPR protocol would be a massive step. My main concerns with smart building theory is that a hacker can take over the whole building / city if they want to get in. Imagine if an aggressor state took over a whole city including infrastructure remotely, it would be a complete disaster. Very good idea thanks for posting it.
I like the field of application with smart home. Thanks to @bot who linked my Proposal: HOPR as a basis for smart home services - #10 by bot to your existing one.
Based on that I would see two approaches. One that aims towards one particular security smart home use case and would most probably start with in cooperation with another startup. Or a second one that aims towards the emerging technology standards that I describe in my post.