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  • Twitter: @angokacyber
  • Founder name: Steve Berry, Executive Chairman
  • Location: Belfast
  • Total investment: £600,000
  • Previous backing: Invest NI

The short story

Angoka develops cyber security systems for businesses in the autonomous vehicles, smart cities and IoT sectors. Angoka’s security solutions automatically protect devices, blocking attempts to change the original functionalities of a device or exploit hidden vulnerabilities. As their solutions are embedded directly into hardware, Angoka’s security solutions eliminate the need for continuous security updates, enabling secure device integration and communication.

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  • Their solution

Whilst competing solutions are software-based, Angoka’s unique product takes a hardware-based approach. Its patented solution provides hardware authentication using a decentralised protocol, which is resilient to different attacks.

  • Their USP

Using the physical unclonable function (PUF) type of hardware, their product provides a means of fingerprinting chips based on their physical properties. This is used to generate cryptographic keys and provide tamper-proof storage for encryption keys

  • Traction:

Starting from May 2020, Angoka has been part of a £7.5m Innovate UK funded AirQKD R&D project formed of 15 consortium partners and led by BT. Angoka's role is to integrate their technology to the BT QKD backbone to provide quantum-enhanced last-mile connectivity over wireless, which amongst many objectives will secure an IoT Network of millions of devices. 

Angoka are also working on a Vehicle to Everything (V2X) solution in partnership with Warwick Manufacturing Group, which aims to secure the entire connected autonomous vehicle communication chain from the Roadside Unit (RSUs) infrastructure to vehicle onboard units (OBUs) into the vehicle CAN bus. In this 12 month project, Angoka has developed its own PUF based hardware to run the S-CAN protocol. This will be integrated into a real autonomous vehicle within 6 months.

Various major manufacturing and energy companies have confirmed interests in PoCs one Angoka reaches TRL level 7 (this Summer).