Samsung to launch blockchain-based Knox Matrix security system for smart devices

Samsung, the consumer electronics giant, has announced the introduction of a blockchain-based security system for its smart devices. Dubbed Knox Matrix, the goal of the system is to increase security in a multi-device environment, with each smart device monitoring the others and sharing access data to simplify login tasks.

Samsung security system powered by blockchain

Blockchain technology is being leveraged for more and more uses with each passing day, including security and trust applications. This time, Samsung has announced the implementation of a “private blockchain” in order to strengthen the security of its smart devices.

At the recent Samsung developer conference, the system, dubbed Knox Matrix, was touted as an overhaul of Samsung’s current approach to security. While the company was stingy with details and didn’t specify the inner workings of the system, it explained that it will interconnect the various smart devices available on a network, in order to enhance security through a “multilayer mutual monitoring.

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For example, Samsung claims that using a phone connected to another smart device such as a TV or smart air conditioner will make those devices more secure against any threats.

Connectivity and hardware

According to Samsung, its Knox Matrix solution will also streamline login tasks throughout the home, as login status is automatically distributed to devices that need it to join the network. However, at the same time, it will ostensibly protect sensitive information from other devices on the network.

The announcement also notes that “Whether your Samsung devices are based on Android, Tizen or another operating system, Samsung Knox Matrix will be able to provide a unified security SDK“. The launch date and specifications of this system have not been disclosed by Samsung.

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Samsung has been active when it comes to including hardware security specifically created for blockchain and crypto-currency based environments. Back in 2019, the company included a wallet in its flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S10, that featured hardware protection for private keys.

The security system included at the time, called Knox, is the precursor of the system that Samsung has recently introduced. The company has also been very active in the non-fungible token (NFT) space, collaborating with six different companies in August to establish its own Galaxy-branded NFT ecosystem.

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