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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)