Uniris is a blockchain-biometric ID solution founded by Sebastien Dupont (CEO), Nilesh Patankar (COO) and Christophe Bruno (CSO). It is the outcome of 4 years of research that began before the 2017-18 ICO boom when numerous projects were introduced in the market with flimsy whitepapers and promises that were never delivered.
Nilesh Patankar, Uniris Chief Operating Officer feels they have been “patient and transparent” in their approach.
“We have taken the time to get academic validation of our research concepts before making a foray into the market,” says Nilesh, whose former roles include Director of Payments Technology at Barclays India and VP of Product Development and Innovation at Mastercard India. Today, Uniris is “confident of offering value to our investors.”
Uniris is an integrated services platform that offers use-cases capable of replacing all sorts of current services, be it a bank, contract management, marketplace, email, website hosting, voting, or any other utility. Uniris’ blockchain technology assets are validated by researchers and patents. So far the biometric ID solution is considered the sole blockchain providing native biometric authentication in the market that is inherently GDPR-compliant.
To Remove All Complexity and Insecurity from Computer Science
The goal is to eradicate all sorts of complexities and insecurities from computer science, says Christophe Bruno, Uniris’ Chief Security Officer (CSO), who hails from a background in security, corporate legal intelligence, crisis management and GDPR compliance. Uniris focuses on a simple and convenient solution that gives back to humanity the control over technology and to individuals, the control over their identities.
As every person’s digital persona comprises several identities, technically, these infinite numbers of identities for a specific person will be derived from his/her keychain wallet and based on mutual crypto authentication. Basically, all things will be automated to provide an absolutely transparent interaction, regardless of the endpoint (airport, google, car, house, wallet, etc.).
Creating The Uniris Blockchain
In late 2015, Sebastien and Nilesh began discussing the beginnings of the project, both intrigued as it were, by the bitcoin concept and its elegant solution.
“It was so interesting to see the application of mathematics in a distributed peer-to-peer trustless ecosystem,” says Sebastien Dupont, CEO of Uniris. With prior senior management roles in French telecommunications giant, Orange, and technology innovation leader, Thales, Sebastien holds eleven patents – six in blockchain and five in biometrics.
Sebastien enthuses about the concept of bitcoin and how the “codifying of rules to govern systems without centralized management” is “almost a utopian state devoid of malice and greed.”
“Our first thought,” chimes in Nilesh, “was to apply this concept to create a P2P (peer-to-peer) decentralized marketplace.”
They began looking at possible base layers like Ethereum to offer the solution but immediately understood the shortcomings. For example, the Ethereum blockchain’s failure to implement more than 25 transactions per second was an undeniable obstacle for a transacting marketplace. The next stumbling block was adoption.
Sebastien explains that the “blockchain ecosystem is so esoteric in nature that its adoption is limited to the tech-savvy ‘nerd’ segment.”
This perception became evident when Sebastien tried explaining the idea to his grandmother, who couldn’t comprehend the entire private key management aspect. It led to the realization that adoption would only be possible through the simplicity of use and should adoption be successful, then at that point, scalability to manage the growth would be of extreme significance.
Subsequently, the choice was made to create their own Uniris blockchain, one that could scale and a biometric solution that simplified access and private key management.
POCs in Real World Scenarios
Presently, the venture is at an “inflection point”, with multiple proposals in progress and proof-of-concepts (POCs) happening early next year. By far, the primary focus of the team has been research and validation of the technology.
All three co-founders agree that now was the time to “provide proof points based on real world scenarios.”
“This augurs well for the Uniris team,” they add, “since these projects would further consolidate our value proposition and demonstrate our ability to live up to the industry certification for providing secure entry to worldwide mega events, for example, the 2024 Paris Olympics!”
Definitely a POC in a real world scenario that techies would not want to miss!
With the help of a talented, dedicated, and experienced team of tech professionals, marketers, R&D and business development personnel, Uniris works towards creating a new generation of blockchains that is sustainable, secure, scalable, and inclusive.
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