Mass Luminosity, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based research, technology, and experiential company, announces Beacon, a video and voice conference service dedicated to privacy and security. Pre-registration for the service begins Friday, April 24 at 1 pm (CST) at www.prebeacon.com with the official launch set for early June 2020. Beacon will be a free service with additional options to roll out later this year. Only the first 100,000 users that pre-register for Beacon will have access to the service upon launch date. Beacon will open its registration to all users in late summer 2020.
As competing for conferencing services and social media networks continue to fall under scrutiny for lack of privacy, Beacon’s focus is on users’ privacy, security, and safety and its next-generation technology will also provide simplicity within the platform. “In terms of the name of our new service, a beacon of light can only be viewed because of the darkness that surrounds it, and to us that darkness is the lack of privacy and security within social media and conferencing platforms,” states Mass Luminosity CEO, Angel Munoz. “We want to bring families and friends together into a private, worry-free experience.”
What you need to know about Beacon:
- Video Introduction to Beacon: https://youtu.be/StvI4UwR6YQ
- Security and Privacy: Two-factor authentication, end-to-end encryption, and password indicator to prevent choosing a password that’s been leaked to the dark web.
- Encryption: End-to-end encryption for all audio and video calls. Unlike other platforms, no intermediate server has access to the audio or video – only the call participants have the decryption keys, which get updated for every new call and private chat.
- Security features: TOTP (time-based one-time password) two-factor authentication. On signup, password checked against a database of known leaked passwords, offers to warn if the entered password is at a higher risk of getting compromised.
- Privacy: Beacon offers multiple levels of privacy: most relaxed allows users to invite others to join ongoing conversations; most stringent exists only while participants are present. Beacon stores only absolutely necessary information – if something doesn’t get displayed on the screen, it is not stored.
- Hosted option: Beacon Enterprise (released in several months as a paid option) will allow running a private Beacon server on-premise, providing a superior level of privacy for larger corporations.
- Beacon launches closed source – but the ability to self-host cuts out the need for third-party servers entirely, ensuring you or your company is in control (vs seeing your data routed through oppressive countries).
- Free or Premium: No cost for personal use that includes private and group messaging, audio and video calling, and file sharing. Advanced features for power users, businesses will be available under a paid Beacon Pro or Enterprise versions later.
- Video and Voice call Quality: Beacon applies the best compression that it can achieve on a given device, equals lower bandwidth use, higher speeds without interruption or buffering pauses/breaks.
- Beacon as a replacement for competing services: Beacon not meant to replace TeamSpeak or Discord. Beacon suitable alternative to Zoom and Skype for group calling of family and friends, with advanced security and privacy, features built-in.