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Secure Motor Carrier Blockchain

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 6913G620P800005
Agency Tracking Number: DOT-190-FM1-005
Amount: $149,992.20
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 190-FM1
Solicitation Number: 6913G619QSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-10-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-04-15
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Hitchcock
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Title: Vice President, Contracts
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

The Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires a secure platform with a distributed ledger on which to exchange information among motor carriers, inspection facilities, and Federal and State government facilities. Primary concerns associated with implementing a private blockchain architecture are cost-effectiveness and compliance with information security requirements to ensure confidentiality, integrity, privacy, and security. To address this DOT need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Secure Motor Carrier Blockchain (SMCBlock) based on existing blockchain frameworks and protocols and customized not only for information security, but also to improve data quality, increase timeliness, and reduce costs for the FMCSA. SMCBlock’s customizations include a POC-developed, in-line media encryptor for data security and the scalability to process real-time, reliable data, available to all States. The innovative SMCBlock software solution will retain all transactions desired to be written to the ledger while handling challenges incurred due to nodes disconnecting from the network. All blockchain data will be signed and timestamped and remain immutable and unbreakable. Malicious attempts to modify the blockchain will be unaccepted and immediately flagged. The proposed SMCBlock technology provides a forward-looking architecture capable of interacting with existing FMCSA networks.

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