The goal of the company is to make robust end-to-end encryption the standard. That requires as wide and rapid a distribution as is at all possible, as well as significant commission income, to develop the system. The business model is designed accordingly. This is one of those fortunate situations where ethical considerations and economic necessity complement one another to a high degree: Every person's privacy deserves protection, and the participants in the modern market economy have to be able to communicate freely without concern about the interception of their technological and business secrets.
Qabel creates a decentralized, extremely easy-to-operate system, which makes encryption of user data and obfuscation of metadata the rule, not the exception. If Qabel sets the standard and is rapidly and widely distributed, it will soon earn increasing commission income.
The servers as well as the client components of Qabel are under a published-source licence called "Qabel Public Licence" (QaPL). The core content of this licence is:
The software can be used, passed on, modified and provided at will for free.
Only when a commercial application is involved does the user have to reach a commercial agreement with Qabel GmbH.
The enforcement of this point is based on the copyright and the internationally registered trademarks "Qabel" and "Qable" as well as the patent on a core component of the system ("dead drop protocol"). The patent itself is transferred for free to non-profit institutions. This ensures, for example, that independent developers can use the patent in a legally compliant way without being dependent on Qabel GmbH. Only the rights of commercialisation remain with Qabel GmbH. In the more distant future, a standardization of the system will be pursued, for which Qabel will work closely with universities and technical universities.
On the whole, the monetisation concept resembles that of the MP3 format: It involves a future patented standard, for the commercial use of which fees are to be paid. At the same time, QaPL is much more modern, available and progressive than the arrangements of the time for MP3 developers.
Our planning has considered the following possible business areas:
Freemium for rapid distribution: Qabel GmbH will offer free accounts with limited storage capacity (2-4GB) to anyone interested to allow access and an understanding of the features. We actively support it when other institutions and private individuals offer their own Qabel servers. Qabel is and will remain an open and decentralized system.
With every new service for Qabel, it becomes more attractive. Non-commercial services that are built on the basis of Qabel also help the commercial system.
In collaboration with Internet service providers (ISPs): The initial starting point is the attractive conditions of the storage offered by Qabel (more memory, backups, professional support). For example, the DSL order form of an ISP could offer customers a Qabel cloud for two euros more per month, through which the customer would have easy and immediate access to all of Qabel's protective services. This is easier to install and offers more memory and convenience than the freemium offers. Qabel then receives a commission, per user and per month.
Data exchange and communication inside the company and with customers or partners: Companies can install their own Qabel server or use the SaaS model. The advantages lie in data exchanges that, although encrypted, are nonetheless uncomplicated within the company and with the company's customers and correspondence partners as well as with all other Qabel users. This means effective and simple protection against industrial espionage and strengthening customer loyalty and credibility as well as support in the area of compliance.
Service providers who put their system on Qabel: Qabel ensures consistent end-to-end encryption. It offers stable APIs and a simple connection. Above all, it can be used for any service. If a business would like to offer a new social network, for example, it can do so by using Qabel. The immediate advantage is that the service provider itself does not have to handle cryptography. In addition, customers will already know Qabel and appreciate what real data protection means. An additional concept, on which Qabel is already working, is a banking module on Qabel. Along with traditional banking services, this also offers customers multimodal communication options and also, at the same time, a connection to all other Qabel services. For every Qabel service used commercially, commissions are due to Qabel GmbH for every user, every month.
Qabel is an easily integrated basic technology. That means that the system can accommodate virtually all technologies for which encryption and security play a role.
It is difficult to develop concrete numbers regarding future applications of Qabel technology, when these applications are not yet known. Here, though, fields for which Qabel is suited and where a need clearly exists warrant mention:
Home automation: Protection of home technology that is controlled remotely via the Internet
Smart grids: Protection of the control of intelligent energy distribution networks
Industry 4.0: Protection of production processes from sabotage
Internet of Things: Protection of sensitive allocation systems
Smartphones: Protection of telephony and written communications
The list is not complete. Qabel will promote cross-selling through a Qabel store.
For every commercial service and every commercial technology on which Qabel is used, Qabel GmbH will receive a commission.
In our presentation of the strategic planning to this point, we have not placed the important subject of internationalisation in the forefront, in order to keep the big picture in view. Qabel is not a national model. It can be multiplied easily and will be used throughout the world. At the moment, it is still too early to show such a dynamic and fluid process in numbers.
A whole range of services on Qabel are already in the concrete planning stage. Qabel will respond in a considered way to the development of demand and the strategic options that present themselves. Currently on our screen are: