The 2016 Innovation Radar Prize has been awarded to Intrinsic-ID, a spin-off from Philips which has developed a unique technology and has become a world leader in security systems. The winner was announced at the European Commission's ICT Proposers Day in Bratislava, Slovakia on 26 September. Intrinsic-ID developed within the EU-funded project PUFFIN an authentication technology based on the electronic fingerprint of devices. CYSEC-PI Prof. Stefan Katzenbeisser is a partner in the PUFFIN project.
Uncontrollable variations in the manufacturing process make each silicon chip unique, resulting in a pattern like a human fingerprint. It is impossible to make an exact clone of a chip. Intrinsic-ID has used this feature (Physical Unclonable Function) to create an innovative authentication technology. Secret keys and identifiers are extracted from chips to provide secure protection in markets such as mobile phones and the internet of things but also in government and defence applications. Intrinsic-ID was named overall Innovation Radar winner, and also won in the Innovation Radar prize for the Excellent Science category.