Amsterdam-based smart home company Gamgee, and Yissum, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced a partnership to develop machine learning algorithms that enable seamless identification of multi-vendor IoT devices to better protect and integrate diverse systems.
The two parties aim to develop a technology that overcomes MAC address randomization for identification purposes while maintaining high standards of data privacy.
The ability to identify and authenticate devices on the home network is the cornerstone for the smooth and secure operation of smart home networks. As the complexity of the digital ecosystem at home grows, quality identification and authentication of devices are fundamental for assuring full protection, easy management of the network, and outstanding digital user experience.
While previously the industry relied on MAC addresses for identification and authentication purposes, this has been hampered by forced randomization of MAC addresses pursued by several tech companies.
“The supposed goal of the randomization of the digital identity of connected smart devices is to improve data privacy. However, randomizing a few smart devices has practical implications for the other (IoT) devices and Wi-Fi networks in the home. It restrains the quality of digital services, impedes inter-device operability, and – paradoxically – impairs cybersecurity. Due to the randomization, other vendor appliances – such as light bulbs, speakers, or cameras – would remain unidentified and unverified, turning them into a potential gateway for illicit users to the otherwise protected smart home environment,” explains Shaul Levi, the Chief Innovation Officer of Gamgee.
Prof. David Hay, head of the Federmann Cyber Security Research Center, and his team at Hebrew University’s Selim and Rachel Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering will be collaborating with Gamgee to help solve the problem of security for IoT devices.
“Gamgee, along with the researchers of Hebrew University, is developing AI-driven lightweight algorithms that are able to identify, authenticate and protect all connected devices on the home network – regardless of the type of device or the vendor,” adds Levi. “Through this collaboration, we envision a world where consumers enjoy complete, integrated, multi-vendor interoperable smart home networks that do not leave in doubt the privacy and protection of consumers’ data.”
“We’re very pleased to have been able to connect Gamgee with Prof. David Hay and to facilitate a collaboration that can be mutually beneficial,” said Dr. Itzik Goldwaser, CEO of Yissum. “We were able to find a way for a midsize company to be able to enjoy the technological edge of academic research and reap the economic advantages of such a collaboration. We look forward to facilitating similar collaborations in the future.”
Gamgee is an Amsterdam-based team of software developers and smart home specialists that develops and designs pioneering smart home technology for consumer smart homes. With their hardware-independent smart home and Wi-Fi management solution, Gamgee boosts the digital experience of users at home offering plenty of dependable smart services such as parental controls, cybersecurity, and management of the network, users, and devices. Gamgee works with broadband service providers and hardware vendors to optimize and enhance their offerings. Gamgee offers its services worldwide. www.gamgee.com
Yissum is the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Founded in 1964, it is one of the oldest and most successful tech transfer companies worldwide. Yissum serves as a bridge between cutting-edge academic Hebrew University research and a global community of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry organizations in need of innovative solutions and products. By converting extraordinary innovations and transformational technologies into commercial solutions, Yissum addresses the world’s most urgent challenges. Yissum has registered over 10,750+ patents globally; licensed over 1,050+ technologies and has spun out more than 170 companies. Business partners span the globe and include companies such as Elbit, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Google, Teva, and many more. For further information please visit www.yissum.co.il