A10Constellation Network, a Bay Area-based technology and blockchain company, has signed a working contract with the United States Air Force (USAF). The contract is part of the USAF SBIR Phase I program that: “provides the rails to a solution fully integrated with Air Force constituents”.

Benjamin Jorgensen, CEO, Constellation
Benjamin Jorgensen, CEO, Constellation

Benjamin Jorgensen,  Constellation’s CEO comments: “While people aren’t buying blockchain off of shelves, government organizations have the opportunity to drive innovation.

“The move by the United States Government to work with early-stage businesses and early innovation shows a massive shift by the public sector to be leaders in revolutionizing existing infrastructures by adopting new technologies that protect consumers’ privacy, while tackling futuristic visions of the connected world and joining the private sector in the $50B industry of big data.

The impetus

The recent attacks on centralised systems – like those at Equifax, Visa and the IRS – underscore the need for a new approach in handling big data across enterprises and governments. Every large organisation has big data needs and challenges. The USAF is no different.

For Constellation, this contract award could be the first of a series of in-depth partnerships with commercial and government entities to deliver fully integrated and productised blockchain solutions.

What will Constellation Network provide

Constellation’s technology will help unlock – in a secure manner – traditionally siloed and non-accessible data and data sources. This is commonly referred to as Multi-Domain Command and Control (MDC2) with the USAF.

Multi-domain, cross-service stakeholders are disbursed, disconnected and complicated. The data created by each domain is either non-accessible or requires significant manpower to handle data forensics, planning, and collection.

Constellation will jumpstart the USAF’s current capabilities with a focus on the agile interoperability of both legacy and future data types. According to Constellation, this includes a scalable, secure approach to big data processing while enabling the merging of legacy system data with existing cloud infrastructure data. In effect, Constellation will:

  • provide decentralised security to USAF data pipelines, with encryption
  • create audit trails and a live overview of the status of any data source.

It’s a match at the right time with the right partner,” agrees Benjamin Diggles, VP of Business Development at Constellation. “The USAF has a multitude of data sources like drones, planes, and satellites that need to be secured. Clean and consolidated data that can be queried instantly is a big need within the defense apparatus.

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

Benjamin Diggles, VP of Business Development at Constellation
Benjamin Diggles, VP of Business Development at Constellation

Constellation is attempting to bridge a gap associated with big data – via real-world adoption of blockchain technologies. The relevance – evidenced by the likes of Equifax and others – to enterprises and governments is not in doubt.

What is, are the practical business use cases. More specifically, can blockchain become a practical mechanism to provide decentralised security applied to data pipelines with associated audit trails and a live overview of the status of any data source? In some ways this is akin to what Guardtime has done in Estonia for years.

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Charles Brett
Charles Brett is a business/technology analyst consultant. His specialist areas include enterprise software, blockchain and enterprise mobility tech (including metering). Specific industry sectors of interest and experience include finance (especially systems supporting wholesale finance), telecommunications and energy. Charles has spoken at multiple industry conferences, has written for numerous publications (including the London Times and the Financial Times). He was the General Chair of the bi-annual High Performance Systems Workshop, 2005. In addition he is an author and novelist. His Technology books include: Making the Most of Mobility Vol I (eBook, 2012); Explaining iTunes, iPhones and iPads for Windows Users (eBook, 2011); 5 Axes of Business Application Integration (2004). His published novels, in the Corruption Series, include: The HolyPhone Confessional Crisis, Corruption’s Price: A Spanish Deceit and Virginity Despoiled. The fourth in The Corruption Series - Resurrection - has is now available. Charles has a B.A. and M.A in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He has lived or worked in Italy, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, California and New York, Spain, Israel, Estonia and Cyprus.

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