Smartguns are increasingly becoming “a thing”. Blocksafe is a way to keep you in control of your smart firearms at all times. Here’s our Blocksafe review.
What is Blocksafe?
Blocksafe is a blockchain platform that wants to help anonymously manage your smartgun technology while reducing gun crimes.
Why do we need a company like Blocksafe? We need it because “smartgun” tech is increasingly becoming popular and available. Smartguns include firearms that are locked to someone’s identity – so you can’t fire the firearm unless you’re the registered owner. Some use RFID chips or biometric sensors to verify identification, for example.
Here’s how Blocksafe explains it on their official website:
“Enhanced firearm technology is on its way. It can’t be stopped. But connected tech comes with significant risks. That’s why we use blockchain technology to keep you in control of your enhanced firearm tech at all times.”
The Blocksafe protocol was created by the Blocksafe Foundation. The Blocksafe platform runs on a token called “Triggers” (TRIG) available for exchange on Bittrex.
Benefits of Blocksafe
Blocksafe is designed to solve some crucial problems of firearms ownership: you need a gun to protect your family from home invasions and enemies, but you don’t want to keep it locked and loaded on your nightstand. Blocksafe lets you lock your identity to your gun without actually sharing your identity with a third party – like a government database. If an unauthorized individual fires your gun, you can receive alerts about the location of the incident and the time.
The company claims that their platform can lead to benefits like:
- Better gun control without actually restricting access to firearms
- Reduced gang activity
- Reduced malignant gun use
Ultimately, Blocksafe is proposed as a way for firearms owners to secure their firearms while also reducing the number of gun deaths across the United States.
How does Blocksafe plan to accomplish the benefits listed above? Here are the key features of the Blocksafe ecosystem:
The Blocksafe Foundation, according to the Blocksafe website, “believes that self defense is a human right.” They believe smartgun technology is a way to promote self-defense while also creating a safer world. The Blocksafe Foundation is active at firearms events across the United States, including NRA events.
The Triggers token (TRIG) is a machine to machine token powering the Blocksafe economy. Triggers will power every event that takes place between smart devices (like smartguns and other smart tech) participating in the Blocksafe economy. You can trade Triggers on Bittrex.
Enhanced Owner Control
Blocksafe is secure, anonymous, and reliable. The technology stack behind Blocksafe includes Telehash, decentralized VPN (DVPN), blockchain and torrent technologies. Smartgun engineers can save time when creating firearms because they don’t have to worry about the software development side of things – they can focus on the hardware.
How Does It Work?
Blocksafe’s technology aims to make smartguns more accessible. Here’s the basic idea behind the technology:
- You add your identification and gun registration to Blocksafe
- Your data is stored in an encrypted, anonymous way
- When your gun fires, it sends details to the Blocksafe ledger
- Emergency personnel view these notifications
- Miners validate transactions on the blockchain
To track the firearms discharge, Blocksafe uses “shotspot sensors”. Multiple “shotspots” can work together to detect, locate, and respond to gun discharges.
When a gun owner becomes a member of Blocksafe, they’ll receive a notification every time their gun is fired by an unauthorized individual. Gun owners can also choose to alert friends or family members about the incident.
The Blocksafe Foundation website lists four key members of the team, including Founder, Chairman, and Blockchain Architect Kevin Barnes. Barnes is a US Army Veteran with 20 years of experience as an architect and coder.
Other key members of the team include Joseph Schutz (Advisor/Engineering Architect), who has spent 30 years at Intel overseeing an engineering department with thousands of engineers. There’s also Andrew Filipowski (Board Member) and Michael Terpin (Senior Advisor and Investor).
Blocksafe first made headlines in July 2016 when the company launched its crowdsale. The company is active at firearm events and NRA events across America.
Smartguns are controversial. Firearms owners see smartguns as a step towards gun control. Gun control advocates see it as an unreliable platform that doesn’t address any real issues. Blocksafe wants to appease both sides of the system by creating a blockchain-based solution. Blocksafe’s blockchain records unauthorized firearms discharges, then sends alerts to the gun owner and emergency personnel.
Blocksafe solves a core problem: many firearms owners worry about having their guns stolen and used in a crime. However, gun owners may not want to place their identity and gun ownership in a government database. Smartguns have an additional problem: there’s the potential for a third party (say, the government) to deactivate your gun remotely. By placing this information on the blockchain instead, Blocksafe provides gun owners with a secure, private, and decentralized system for tracking gun registrations.
Stay up-to-date on more information about Blocksafe as the platform continues to roll out!