The Secure Portable Application Framework developed by Hannry Chan and team for flash memory storage rides on the potential demand generated by the more than 500 million units of USB drives distributed annually in the world, besides being also compatible with SD card memory, and various other flash drives as secure storage. It also turns all gadgets like iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras with flash memory into a platform to run apps with data securely whenever there is a need to carry out work by plugging into any host computer with a USB connecting point.

Chan says manufacturers of devices with flash memory will be able to use the framework’s API and SDK to create embedded and portable applications and data that will run instantly when the flash memory drive is inserted. This will all be secure as there is proprietary secure hidden memory at the circuitry layer in the flash memory that is being designed with join effort from flash memory key players such as Toshiba.

He adds that the innovation was first commercialised via usage in a number of USB storage units and negotiations are ongoing for a partnership with Pendrive.

“We currently have 2 major products based on the Secure Portable Application Framework, namely flex-it and uDock,” said Chan.

flex-it is a full suite software development kit which uses the USB drive as a secure portable platform for hardware and software.

It aims to use USB drives as single authenticated devices to secure contents and as a key to access them. Target customers include multimedia content solution providers, government organisations, enterprises, corporations, and the insurance and legal sectors. A single device used as authentication key and for protection of contents is very expensive in developed nations. Thus, the value is there and we just need to know how to sell the SDK in the market.

“On the other hand, uDock is an interactive navigation app sitting in a USB drive. We wanted to change the current model of the personal storage industry where margin and direct selling should not be end of the story of “very personal memory storage”. It is a platform and we can continue to keep selling services and generate excitement and usability with engagement from end consumers. We are still finding ways to talk to the big players to collaborate and convince them that the idea could work,” Chan explains.