Total Network Services’ (TNS) blockchain powered UCID makes historic steps toward securing telecommunication supply chain
Total Network Services has partnered with multiple companies to pilot their patent-pending UCID, and as of today, the TIA has assigned two million MEIDs for the use case of UCID. Those two million assigned MEIDs are split between COMSovereign and ForwardEdge to enhance their products and services.
In early 2020, Total Network Services (TNS) approached the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) with a proprietary and patent pending concept called the Enhanced Mobile Equipment Identifier (E-MEID). The “E-MEID” was based on the TIA’s own “MEID”, an industry standard and globally unique identification system used by millions of devices worldwide.
Solely administered by the TIA, MEIDs are mainly composed of the manufacturer code and the equipment serial number. The number is permanently affixed to the device and used to facilitate mobile equipment identification and tracking.
TNS’ concept was to attach the MEID to a blockchain specifically designed to enhance supply chain security in ICT, an industry that has arguably the most to lose from a lack of verification.
When an MEID is attached to a blockchain, a globally unique digital token, also known as an NFT, is created to represent any network-connected device on the planet. This token is an Enhanced-MEID and can record relevant device information in its metadata. When enhanced as such, the MEID documentation capabilities expand to include device hardware bill-of-material (BOM), software BOM, time-tagged geolocation data via Rypplzz’s patented Interlife® platform and software remediation activity. This additional capability can drastically improve hardware and software supply chain visibility, component provenance, and internal change management processes.
This E-MEID innovation using the TIA’s MEID eventually led to Total Network Services creating a new name for its service, the Universal Communication Identifier (UCID). UCID now serves as the entity that will enhance the various globally unique identification systems that exist within telecommunication, finance, media, and government.
UCID partner companies:
COMSovereign has combined a wide range of companies in the wireless industry, building a US-based, full-service 5G equipment provider. Their goal is to wean American companies off foreign suppliers and provide a bulwark against China’s Huawei, accused of creating a conduit for Chinese Government spying with its 5G equipment.
Their services include drone-based 5G wireless communications infrastructure and private 5G networks for various entities and agencies such as first responders, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, all of which will utilize the UCID to bolster security and verification.
ForwardEdge leverages adaptive real-time machine learning, 5G & blockchain DLT, robotic process automation, swarm intelligence, and game development to solve complex problems of social consequence. Two of their top products that will utilize UCID are Blaise and Gabriel.
Blaise is a handheld device designed to detect pathogens on hard surfaces. Forward Edge has been working with Sam Houston State University to develop a device capable of detecting 32 different pathogens such as MRSA and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
Gabriel® can offer an enhanced solution to detect, block and report SMiShing attacks in 25 languages. With Purple Alerts™, caregivers are notified in real-time when a loved one engages with a scammer by voice or text messaging. Gabriel underwent TruSight assessment and is now certified and eligible for integration with the world’s leading financial institutions such as JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.
Since Forward Edge-AI’s TruSight approval and its integration with UCID, it has been selected as the Solution for the United States Census Bureau and its 500,000 employee devices.
CEO of Total Network Services Thomas Carter on UCID, “Two million MEIDs have been allocated for UCID, but this is just the tip of the iceberg for how far blockchain will go to secure the world’s most vulnerable assets, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of this new standard.
The Telecommunications Industry Association does not endorse TNS or the solutions it proposes. TIA is technology and vendor neutral. The MEID is managed by TIA and the “enhanced” aspects proposed by TNS are products and services that utilize the MEID but are not standardized by TIA engineering committees nor approved or marketed by TIA.
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