Dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic

Dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic

Dear partners,

We take the present situation very seriously and would like
to inform you about the measures we have implemented and
their effects:

Accessibility and Workflow Management:
All colleagues from PHYSEC are equipped with notebooks and
working in home office. All phone numbers are redirected to
the mobile phone numbers of the team. Please don't be
surprised if a call is coming in from a mobile phone number.

Personal Contacts and Business Trips:
All visits, lectures, workshops and meetings were postponed
or replaced by video conferences. We have had good to very
good experiences with the various conference tools so far
and are looking forward to staying in touch with you.

Projects and Product Development:
Our engineers are not restricted in their work by the
transition to home office. Of course, we have adapted the
tools and processes used. We are highly motivated and
fully committed to both project implementation and
cutting-edge research.

We wish you to overcome the pandemic as well as possible
and hope that the measures taken will improve the
situation in the short and medium term.

Stay Healthy! Stay Secure!


Research project 5GAIN

5Gain – 5G infrastructures for cellular energy systems using artificial intelligence

PHYSEC is part of the BMWi-fun­ded pro­ject »5Gain – 5G infra­st­ruc­tures for cel­lu­lar ener­gy sys­tems using arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence« with the pur­po­se of deve­lo­ping and asses­sing 5G-based com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on for the dis­tri­bu­t­ed con­trol of cel­lu­lar ener­gy sys­tems.

Due to the expan­si­on of decen­tra­li­zed, rene­wa­ble ener­gy sources as well as con­troll­ab­le loads and sto­rage, the con­trol of ener­gy sys­tems is beco­m­ing incre­a­singly com­plex. One solu­ti­on approach is to divi­de the ener­gy net­work into cells. Wit­hin the­se cells, a decen­tra­li­zed, auto­no­mous load and feed-in manage­ment is car­ri­ed out.

The pro­ject is inten­ded to opti­mi­se the regio­nal extrac­tion and pro­duc­tion beha­viour by means of machi­ne lear­ning methods. In this con­text, the deve­lo­p­ment of bil­ling pro­ce­du­res should be made pos­si­ble through the use of smart con­tracts.

Based on high requi­re­ments for speed, sca­la­bi­li­ty and relia­bi­li­ty, 5G net­works meet the requi­re­ments of a high­ly mobi­le and ful­ly net­wor­ked socie­ty. The rese­arch pro­ject is the­re­fo­re based on addi­tio­nal ser­vices that are only pos­si­ble with 5G net­works. This inclu­des the data-rate inten­si­ve and auto­ma­ted remo­te main­ten­an­ce of dis­tri­bu­t­ed infra­st­ruc­tures using dro­nes.

PHYSEC is working on the deve­lo­p­ment of a secu­ri­ty archi­tec­tu­re for the secu­re con­nec­tion of net­work infor­ma­ti­on via LPWAN (5G, NB-IoT..). Fur­ther­mo­re, we are respon­si­ble for the cyber-phy­si­cal con­di­ti­on moni­to­ring (inte­gri­ty) of the dis­tri­bu­t­ed infra­st­ruc­tures.

Run­ning time

01.12.2019 — 30.11.2022


  • DEW21
  • ades­so SE
  • urban ENERGY GmbH
  • Stadt Dort­mund
  • Fraun­ho­fer-Gesell­schaft e.V.
  • RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­si­ty
  • TU Dort­mund
  • Inno­gy SE

Fun­ded by the Federal Minis­try of Eco­no­mics and Ener­gy.


Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2019: PHYSEC auf der Preisverleihung in Berlin

Deutscher Zukunftspreis” 2019: PHYSEC at the Award Ceremony in Berlin

Pic­tu­re: PHYSEC foun­der Dr. Chris­ti­an Zen­ger with Federal Pre­si­dent Frank-Wal­ter Stein­mei­er at this year’s award cere­mo­ny of the Ger­man Future Pri­ze at the Tem­po­drom in Ber­lin

We are very plea­sed about our par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in this year’s round of awards for the “Deut­scher Zukunfts­preis”. The award for tech­no­lo­gy and inno­va­ti­on was pre­sen­ted by Federal Pre­si­dent Frank-Wal­ter Stein­mei­er in Ber­lin on Thurs­day. The nomi­na­ti­on alo­ne is con­si­de­red a high honor — an app­li­ca­ti­on is not pos­si­ble.

We congra­tu­la­te this year’s win­ners, the Munich-based com­pa­ny Celo­nis!

With our par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the com­pe­ti­ti­on this year, we have now been con­si­de­red for the second time for the “Deut­scher Zukunfts­preis”. The award from the Federal Pre­si­dent is con­si­de­red one of the most important sci­ence awards in Ger­ma­ny and is accom­pa­nied by 250,000 euros in pri­ze money. In total, it was awar­ded for the 23rd time this year.




We have won the 1st pri­ze at the GRÜNDERPREIS NRW!

The pri­ze hono­urs the most suc­cess­ful inno­va­ti­ve busi­ness ide­as, inno­va­ti­ve pro­ducts and entre­pre­neu­ri­al per­so­na­li­ties from NRW. It is awar­ded by the Minis­try of Eco­no­mics, Inno­va­ti­on, Digi­ti­sa­ti­on and Ener­gy of North Rhi­ne-West­pha­lia and NRW.BANK. The pri­ze was awar­ded for the eighth time in 2019 and is one of the hig­hest endo­wed com­pe­ti­ti­ons in Ger­ma­ny. The award cere­mo­ny took place on Mon­day evening in Düs­sel­dorf. The jury con­sis­ted of repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of the Minis­try of Eco­no­mic Affairs, NRW.Bank and busi­ness start-up and eco­no­mic experts from North Rhi­ne-West­pha­lia.

PHYSEC is a worthy win­ner and a gre­at examp­le for the up-and-com­ing foun­der sta­te. The com­pa­ny has its ori­gins in the Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum. This shows the enor­mous poten­ti­al of com­bi­ning sci­ence and busi­ness,” says Eco­no­mics and Digi­tal Affairs Minis­ter Prof. Dr. Andre­as Pink­wart.

Foun­ders of PHYSEC: Dr. Hei­ko Koep­ke (l.) and Dr. Chris­ti­an Zen­ger

As a deve­lo­p­ment bank for North Rhi­ne-West­pha­lia, we pro­vi­de busi­ness start-ups with advice and sup­port. And with the NRW GRÜNDERPREIS we are giving them a sta­ge to pre­sent their good ide­as,” exp­lains Eck­hard Forst, Chair­man of the Mana­ging Board of NRW.BANK. “PHYSEC is a shi­ning examp­le of a start-up from our federal sta­te and its two foun­ders are high­ly deser­ved pri­ze­win­ners.

We are deligh­ted and thank you very much for this award!

More infor­ma­ti­on about the foun­der pri­ze can be found here.

PHYSEC among the Top 10 Start-ups in Germany

PHYSEC among the Top 10 Start-ups in Germany

We have been hono­u­red by the busi­ness maga­zi­ne BILANZ as one of the top 10 start-ups in Ger­ma­ny. The “Start me up!” com­pe­ti­ti­on, in which we were able to pre­sent our tech­no­lo­gy to a jury of experts, took place in Ber­lin at the begin­ning of July.

Sin­ce 2016, the busi­ness maga­zi­ne BILANZ has annu­al­ly orga­ni­zed the start-up com­pe­ti­ti­on with Germany’s most inno­va­ti­ve young com­pa­nies. Fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on on the win­ners will be avail­ab­le in the next issue of BILANZ.


35th Chaos Communication Congress: PHYSEC presents details on the application of their technology

35th Chaos Communication Congress: PHYSEC presents details on the application of their technology

At the 35th annual conference of the Chaos Computer Club (35C3), the largest international hacker meeting in Europe, Christian Zenger, David Holin and Lars Steinschulte presented PHYSEC’s Enclosure-PUF technology.

This year’s Cha­os Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on Con­gress attrac­ted more than 16,000 visi­tors to the exhi­bi­ti­on halls in Leip­zig on three days. Under the mot­to “Refres­hing Memo­ries” it was the venue for important deba­tes, lec­tures and work­shops on tech­ni­cal and socio-poli­ti­cal topics.

It was the first time that we gave insights into the PHYSEC tech­no­lo­gy. With Enclo­sure-PUF we pre­sen­ted an inno­va­ti­ve tech­no­lo­gy that makes it pos­si­ble to veri­fy the authen­ti­ci­ty, inte­gri­ty and phy­si­cal sta­te of a phy­si­cal object and to pro­ve cor­re­spon­ding state­ments via digi­tal chan­nels.

In public envi­ron­ments, data extrac­tion from or mani­pu­la­ti­on of com­pu­ter sys­tems is easy to per­form as it requi­res only phy­si­cal access. The aim of the talk was the­re­fo­re to demons­tra­te exem­pla­ry tam­per resis­tance by means of a (very inex­pen­si­ve) self-built test bed in order to pro­tect secret infor­ma­ti­on without attack detec­tion or data era­su­re cir­cuit. The use of elec­tro­ma­gne­tic waves (or their pro­pa­ga­ti­on beha­viour) enab­les the pro­tec­tion of indi­vi­du­al small com­pon­ents to be exten­ded to the ent­i­re peri­phe­ry of a sys­tem. This in turn leads to the detec­tion of mani­pu­la­ti­ons so that sui­ta­ble coun­ter­mea­su­res can be taken in good time. The pro­tec­tion can be used fle­xi­b­ly with regard to size and app­li­ca­ti­on.

In 2018, we were awar­ded the Ger­man IT Secu­ri­ty Pri­ze of the Horst Görtz Foun­da­ti­on for the deve­lo­p­ment of the Enclo­sure PUF.

David Holin, Lars Steinschulte and Christian Zenger (f.l.t.r.) from PHYSEC during the talk at the 35C3 in Leipzig

Mis­sed the talk? Click here for the record­ing.


Innovations from Bochum: MIT Technology Review names Christian Zenger “Innovator under 35” in Europe!

Innovations from Bochum: MIT Technology Review names Christian Zenger “Innovator under 35” in Europe!

After we had the pleasure of receiving his award as “Innovator under 35” in Germany only in July, Dr. Christian Zenger has now received further recognition: He is one of the Europe-wide “innovators under 35”!

Innovators Under 35” is the world’s leading community of innovators, pioneers and social pioneers. Since its inception, MIT Technology Review has annually published the list of the most brilliant innovators under 35 years of age who are making groundbreaking advances and actively shaping their research areas. The European programme highlights the work of the most talented young technology leaders and strengthens the international innovation community. The innovators were selected by the jury from over 1000 candidates.

With PHYSEC, Christian Zenger creates a system that detects small changes in the signals of encryption devices and could thus ensure an impenetrable and above all secure Internet of Things. According to Mahvash Siddiqui, Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer at the United States Embassy in London (United Kingdom) and member of the jury for innovators under 35 in Europe, the young German innovator shows an “impressive combination of entrepreneurial and scientific-technical skills” and develops a technology “with the potential to change the world”.

Innovators Under 35” is an annual list that recognizes outstanding innovators under the age of 35. The awards cover a wide range of areas, including biotechnology, materials, computer hardware, energy, transport, communications and the Internet. The Technology Review magazine is published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It reports on technological innovations from various fields that have the potential to change the world.

More information on the innovators can be found here.



Innovation “made in germany” — PHYSEC wins the 7th German IT Security Award

Innovation “made in germany” — PHYSEC wins the 7th German IT Security Award

Every two years, the Horst Görtz Foundation honors the best future-relevant innovations in IT security. We received first prize for the development of the Enclosure PUF. The concept makes it possible to verify the integrity of computer systems and their peripherals by using electromagnetic wave propagation effects. The award ceremony took place today at the it-sa trade fair in Nuremberg, the largest IT security trade fair in Europe. The German IT Security Award is the most renowned and highly endowed award in the industry and is determined in a two-stage process by a jury of experts.

More information about the award can be found here.

The Foun­der and the Award Win­ners ( © 2018 Nürn­berg­Mes­se GmbH)


Christian Zenger is one of Germany’s innovators under 35

Pioneering ideas for the Internet of Things make Christian Zenger an ‘innovator under 35’

Exciting news for PHYSEC GmbH: Our cofounder Christian Zenger was awarded as one of the leading innovators under 35 in Germany for his research in the field of IT security in the Internet of Things (IoT).

PHYSEC com­bi­nes digi­tal cryp­to­gra­phy with infor­ma­ti­on theo­re­ti­cal phy­si­cal lay­er secu­ri­ty and thus crea­tes IT secu­ri­ty solu­ti­ons that eclip­se all pre­vious­ly known methods. Unpre­dic­ta­ble elec­tro­ma­gne­tic chan­ges bet­ween devices are used for encryp­ti­on: By two devices forming a cou­pled sys­tem, a new, com­mon key can be gene­ra­ted at inter­vals of seconds, which can­not be read by exter­nal atta­ckers. It can also be used to crea­te device-spe­ci­fic digi­tal fin­ger­prints.

Dr. Chris­ti­an Zen­ger has the­re­fo­re recei­ved one of ten “Inno­va­tor under 35” awards in Ber­lin for his visio­na­ry tech­no­lo­gy. The Young Talent Award is pre­sen­ted annu­al­ly by the Tech­no­lo­gy Review and honors inno­va­tors who, through out­stan­ding rese­arch, have a decisi­ve influ­ence in their respec­ti­ve fiel­ds and have the poten­ti­al to use new approa­ches to shape the future of sci­ence and tech­no­lo­gy in a sus­tainab­le man­ner.

The com­pe­ti­ti­on was initia­ted in 1999 by the US edi­ti­on of MIT Tech­no­lo­gy Review. Well-known for­mer pri­ze­win­ners inclu­de Mark Zucker­berg, Ser­gey Brin and Dani­el Ek. It is one of the most pres­ti­gious awards for young rese­ar­chers, deve­lo­pers and com­pa­ny foun­ders.
The award was pre­sen­ted yes­ter­day at the Tele­fó­ni­ca Base­camp in Ber­lin.

The ten inno­va­tors under 35 from Ger­ma­ny at the award cere­mo­ny in Ber­lin. (© Hei­se Medi­en)


Outstanding success for young companies

Outstanding success for young companies

PHYSEC GmbH has been awarded the main prize of the largest and most renowned business plan competition in the German digital economy as ‘Digital Start-up 2018’.

At the CeBIT in Hano­ver, PHYSEC GmbH was awar­ded the “Digi­tal Start-up 2018” pri­ze by the Federal Minis­try of Eco­no­mics and Ener­gy (BMWi) as part of the nati­on­wi­de com­pe­ti­ti­on. The pri­ze was awar­ded for the first time and was aimed at young com­pa­nies that have been par­ti­cu­lar­ly suc­cess­ful in imple­men­ting their foun­ding ide­as. The pri­ze-win­ners recei­ved their awards during the “Start-up Talk: Digi­tal Inno­va­tions” con­gress by Tho­mas Jar­zom­bek, the Ger­man government’s coor­di­na­tor for aero­space.

PHYSEC convinces with security for the Internet of Things

PHYSEC could con­vin­ce with the solu­ti­on IoTree, the tech­no­lo­gy for secu­re and user-friend­ly encryp­ti­on of com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on bet­ween net­wor­ked devices in the Inter­net of Things. IoTree uses infor­ma­ti­on from the com­mon envi­ron­ment of two devices so that encryp­ti­on can­not be recon­struc­ted after­wards by poten­ti­al exter­nal atta­ckers.

More infor­ma­ti­on about IoTree and pos­si­ble app­li­ca­ti­ons can be found here.

The prize provides growth capital for young companies

The pri­zes of the com­pe­ti­ti­on are endo­wed with a total of 100,000 euros — first place goes to 50,000 euros, second place to 30,000 euros and third place to 10,000 euros each. Other award win­ners inclu­de COMPREDICT GmbH, enve­lio GmbH and RIPS Tech­no­lo­gies from Bochum. The pri­ze money is to be inves­ted in the start-ups as growth capi­tal.

Start-ups from the start-up initia­ti­ves of the Federal Minis­try of Eco­no­mics and Ener­gy can app­ly for the “Digi­tal Start-up of the Year” award. In addi­ti­on to the “Start-up Com­pe­ti­ti­on — Digi­tal Inno­va­tions”, this also inclu­des fun­ding pro­gram­mes such as “EXIST — Start-ups from Sci­ence”. A fur­ther con­di­ti­on for par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on is the genera­ti­on of a mini­mum tur­no­ver of 100,000 wit­hin the past twel­ve mon­ths by the start-ups.

PHYSEC and RIPS Tech­no­lo­gies are two of the award-win­ning com­pa­nies from Bochum — the glo­bal­ly important loca­ti­on for IT secu­ri­ty.

The winners of the competition during the award ceremony at CeBit (©Andrea Janssen)