Beyond Protocol — The Genesis

A fast, flexible, secure, and unified IoT framework will allow the machines we rely on to serve the greater good like never before. But how? In this series of articles, we’ll examine where we came from, what we’re doing, and what’s next.

A Meeting of the Minds

If you were asked to pick a set of characteristics — skills, goals, worldview — you’d want two twenty-somethings who were about to co-found a tech startup to possess, you’d come quite close to describing Jonathan and Denis.

ink — Reimagining Modern Printing

During their time in college, Jonathan and Denis saw first-hand how important physical media was to their peer group. Formal research supported this conclusion as well:

ink print kiosks at a 2014 ALA Conference in Las Vegas

The IoT Security Problem — Printers

The company we now know as HP Inc. was founded in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and David Packard, out of a one-car garage in Palo Alto, CA. From small beginnings manufacturing hardware components, over the next several decades Hewlett-Packard grew into an industry giant, and by 2007 had become the number-one computer manufacturer in the world.

“THIS PRINTER HAS BEEN HACKED” — The forced page-print from the Cybernews printer exploit

The IoT Security Solution — Blockchain

Our co-founders developed a novel security solution for HP, one that would soon serve as the foundation for Beyond Protocol. The solution was founded on two key technologies:

  • Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) — hardware signatures, securely identifying all network devices