The BlurPort Kickstarter walks you through the process the team has gone through in building their concept from scratch. From development board to their latest concept, BlurPort was built to offer this unique solution. Their Kickstarter page includes some interesting perks for those who contribute more than the $109 for the drive itself. Custom laser engraved variants of the casing, for example, exist for contributing $250 or more. The BlurPort team has already shown off working prototypes of the hardware, with plans to show off the app and the final casing designs in the future.If you’re the type to need secure, removable storage, BlurPort is absolutely worth checking out for yourself. No matter what piece of technology you are using, you are only as secure as you want to be. Most people don’t bother password protecting the data on a USB drive, and even then it’s not a guarantee that your data is safe. BlurPort wants to secure all of your removable USB storage with your choice of personal security measures.The current state of consumer grade security options for removable storage borderlines on being just a formality. Key fobs that can be copied with little effort, or drives that can just be removed from “secure” casing and inserted elsewhere. The point at which your data is actually secure usually comes at a price point that is not worth it to most users, especially if the information they are carrying isn’t terribly important to begin with.As we move further along the Bring Your Own Device pipeline, it will become more important for secure removable storage options to exist at reasonable price points and actually be secure. The student-run BlurPort hopes to solve this problem with an inexpensive app driven USB drive that relies on your smartphone to grant access to the drive once it is connected to your computer.Aakash Patel of BlurPort sat down with me recently and explained how BlurPort is expected to work moving forward.When you connect your BlurPort to a computer, the drive will patiently wait for approval from your smartphone in order to grant the computer access to the information. The BlurPort app on your phone will offer many different ways to authenticate yourself, from facial recognition and eye scanning to NFC tokens, even pattern trace passwords on your smartphone. You will have many of the same authentication methods you already have available to you in order to unlock your phone in the first place, which adds a second factor to the authentication of the drive. Once you have authenticated yourself, the app will connect with your BlurPort and grant you access to data stored on the drive. If you disconnect from the computer, you will need to re-authenticate yourself through the app.BlurPort will offer 8GB of storage built into the drive, however, removing the cap at the other end of BlurPort will reveal a female USB connector that you will be able to connect additional removable storage to. Whether you have a flash drive with a higher storage capacity, or you plan to connect multiple terabytes of storage from a large drive, you’ll have the ability to either pass the data through the drive or encrypt the additional drive so it can only be accessed when connected through your BlurPort. The app will see the drives separately, and allow you to secure the BlurPort and the added drive with different authentication methods if you choose, and it will allow you to flip back and forth between the two drives as though they were connected separately.
Civmec wins three contracts in Australia. (Credit: Pixabay/David Mark.) Civmec, an Australia-based heavy engineering and construction services provider, announced that it has secured three contracts in Australia with a combined value of A$175m ($126m).As per Civmec, the three contracts are from the metals and minerals and the oil and gas sectors and are expected to contribute significantly to a solid base load of activity for its manufacturing facilities.The first contract is from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) to fabricate, modularise and carry out commissioning of a ship loader, for its Hay Point loading port in Central Queensland.The second contract is from Woodside Energy, for a term of five years, with an option to extend it for one more year. As per the contract, it will support Woodside’s onshore and offshore production facilities and capital projects in Australia.And, for the third contract, Civmec will supply modules for the Iron Bridge Magnetite project, a joint venture between Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary FMG Iron Bridge and Formosa Steel IB.Civmec to complete BMA contract in second half of 2022For the first contract, BMA has selected Civmec to fabricate, modularise and commission the 1,800T SL2A ship loader at Hay Point Coal Terminal.The project is still subject to final board approval from BHP and Mitsubishi.As per the contract, Civmec will supply and assemble the ship loader, up to the no-load commissioning stage.The firm will manufacture the large material handling equipment at its Henderson manufacturing facility in Western Australia.Work is expected to begin immediately and is anticipated to be completed in the second half of 2022. During the peak manufacture period, nearly 150 jobs in Perth could be created.For the second contract, Civmec will support Woodside’s onshore and offshore facilities.For the third contract, Civmec will supply 4,700 tonnes of conveyor, trusses and trestles for the Iron Bridge Magnetite Project. Work is expected to begin this month and the majority of it could be completed in FY21.Civmec CEO Patrick Tallon said: “We are extremely pleased to be given this opportunity to further support BHP in the delivery of a ship loader. This contract follows on from other smart modules and machines delivered by Civmec for BHP projects as part of our partnership delivering high quality, complex machines.”“We are also privileged to have secured a long-term contract with Woodside, having delivered several projects to them in the past.“This contract will provide us with a base load of work and allow us to work with Woodside as a partner to optimise efficiencies and savings in the delivery of our services to them over the longer term.” The company has three contracts are from the metals and minerals and the oil and gas sectors