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Major backup failure after data deletion: should have been using Blockchain!

On Tuesday night the accidental deletion of production data led to a major backup failure making GitLab.com unavailable. GitLab is a web-based repository manager highly popular among web developers – many small and large companies depend on it, and the interruption left them without critical tools needed for their work. Had the data been stored using Blockchain, the failure would have been avoided.
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Economic delegation from Israel visits faizod

A panel of representatives for economic advancement from Israel visited faizod on Tuesday in partnership with Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH (Economic Promotion Saxony). faizod gave then the rundown on Blockchain and spun ideas on how Blockchain could be used to benefit Israeli firms.

The delegation was particularly interested in the coming release of faizod’s Vooledger technology, which will cater Blockchain specifically to the wishes of the customer and provide the opportunity for operation using on-premises software.

Talk at Energy Efficient Aviation Solutions (EEAS) Conference 2017

On January 24th, 2017 Olaf Stöwer, Head of Operations at faizod GmbH, gave a talk at the Energy Efficient Aviation Solutions (EEAS) Conference in Dresden. Industry giants from aviation and microelectronics gathered at the conference to discuss innovative developments in aviation technology.

Stöwer represented faizod as a member of Silicon Saxony e.V., a business association of 320 companies in micro and nano technology with a combined revenue of over 4.5 billion Euros per year.

This year’s conference focused on how energy efficiency and aircraft construction can be improved through the integration of new technology, and specifically how small and mid-sized companies can profit from such technologies.

Stöwer brought insights on how Blockchain technology can be applied in aviation production processes, which compelled a subsequent discussion regarding the use Blockchain in quality management and fraud identification in the aviation context.

Technology Paper: UDI

Was ist UDI (Unique Device Identification)?

UDI ist weitaus mehr als ein scanbarer Code. Hinter UDI verbirgt sich ein komplexes System, bestehend aus “International Medical Device Regulatory Forum” (IMDRF), die treibenden Mitglieder sind die FDA (Food and Drug) aus den USA, die Europäische Kommission, sowie Schlüsselländer und angeschlossene Organisationen wie die WHO. Das UDI-System wurde in den USA entwickelt, es dient der individuellen Kennzeichnung von Medizinprodukten durch eine Identifikationsnummer. Diese Nummer wird in einer Datenbank hinterlegt. Die Produkte und Verpackungen bekommen einen UDI-Datenträger der die Identifikationsnummer beinhaltet. Die Identifikationsnummer ist ein scanbares Label und in verschlüsselter Form als Klartext abgebildet. Das UDI-System besteht aus drei Säulen: den Produktdaten, der UDI-Datenträger und der Datenbank.
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Evidence Manager released

faizod proudly presents our new Document Management blockchain based solution: Evidence Manager.
Evidence Manager is a simple – yet powerful Document Management System. It is built on top of Vooledger – faizod’s flexible, industry optimized blockchain implementation.

Read more on the product page of Evidence Manager.

Vooledger – the future of Blockchain technology

Vooledger is a software based on the principle of Blockchain as a service (BaaS). This means that Blockchain can be catered specifically to the wishes of the customer and can be hosted by a service provider. For closed firms the solution can be operated using on-premises software.

Vooledger has an advantage in its ease of use via a web interface, which can administer and configure the entire Blockchain. This includes the basic settings of a Blockchain, such as the cryptographic algorithms, the frequency at which the blocks are generated, and the number of nodes including automatic distribution and maximum block size. The statistics module provides a look behind the Blockchain as well as its development. This allows customers to keep an eye on their Blockchain and quickly and easily make changes where they are needed.

Next to Vooledger there are a few other implementation possibilities, however no other possibility offers such revolutionary features. Vooledger offers detailed control of the key allocation, starting with the use of a Master Key and continuing right up to the encryption of the finest granularity and corresponding key management. This us up to this point unique and makes possible many new fields of application. The software is multitenant. Within a Blockchain network several independent Blockchains can be operated and when necessary can interact with one another.

Read more on the product page of Vooledger.

The Future of Medical Products and Unique Device Identification (UDI)

In 2013 in the United States a law was passed requiring the labeling of medical products. In the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) passed on November 27, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama stated that by 2023 pharmaceutical companies should be able to track the production of drugs from raw materials all the way to dispensing in order to ensure safety and legitimacy. In the second quarter of 2017 this consistent traceability of products will also be introduced legally in Europe as “Unique Device Identification” (UDI).

faizod is in a position to provide a solution to the problems listed in DSCSA with blockchain technology.

A Blockchain is an unchangeable, highly available, decentralized database, in which all information written to it, are tamper-proof and can be protected from unauthorized access through encryption.

Stay tuned and read more on this page.

2. Blockchain Meetup Saxony

The 2. Blockchain Meetup Saxony was hosted by faizod on November 23rd, 2016, with the motto “Hyperledger.” In addition to food and drinks, there were also exciting presentations on the subject of Hyperledger technology. A practical application was a must, so Torsten Stein and Harald Birnbaum provided fascinating insights on the use of smart contracts for music rights.

Subsequently all participants were able to discuss current topics and concerns as well as exchange ideas. The meetup closed with a round up of new applications for blockchain technology.

We would like to thank the organizer Mr. Ralf Knobloch (T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH) and all of the interested parties for the success of the event. We are looking forward to next time.

Information regarding the 3. Blockchain Meetup Saxony can be found here: meetup.com

Musikrechte und GEMA

Einleitung

Musik ist ein elementarer Bestandteil unseres Lebens. Jeder Mensch hört sie, wobei jeder eigene Präferenzen bezüglich der Stilrichtung hat. Musik födert die geistige und soziale Entwicklung von Kindern und selbst Erwachsene profitieren vom Musizieren: Es mobilisiert das Gehirn und produziert Glückshormone.

Die Schöpfung von Musik ist ein ausgesprochen kreativer Prozess. Dieser verursacht Kosten. Die meisten Künstler wünschen sich eine adäquate Vergütung, um im besten Fall von der Musik leben zu können. Die Nutzung von Musik kann man in zwei Kategorien teilen: die private und die öffentliche Nutzung. Bei der privaten Variante ist die Vergütung klar: der Kunde kauft eine CD oder er lädt sich eine mp3-Datei herunter. Populär sind auch Streaming-Dienste und Flatrate-Angebote, bei der gegen eine Pauschale ein großes Repertoire an Musik temporär genutzt werden kann. Die private Nutzung von Musik soll jedoch nicht Gegenstand dieses Dossiers sein.

Bei der Aufführung von Musik in der Öffentlichkeit müssen die Rechte der Künstler ebenso geschützt, wie auch eine Entlohnung gezahlt werden. Derzeit gibt es keine Technologie oder Verfahren, welches den Künstler in die Lage versetzt, seine Erwartungen selbst zu steuern und seine Rechte bzw. Ansprüche selbst durchzusetzen. Aus diesem Grund tritt er seine Rechte an Verwertungsgesellschaften wie die GEMA ab. Damit begibt sich der Künstlicher in eine Abhängigkeit, die er selbst nicht mehr kontrollieren kann. Um diese Abhängigkeit zu umgehen, fehlt eine entsprechende Plattform auf der Interpreten ihre Rechte selbstständig managen können. Als Basis einer solchen Plattform eignet sich eine Blockchain ideal. Die Technologie bringt von Haus aus Eigenarten mit, die prädestiniert für die Herausforderungen sind: Transparenz, Nachvollziehbarkeit, Manipulationssicherheit und Hochverfügbarkeit.
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