The goal of VoltKey is to make deployment and maintenance of new IoT devices easy. Currently, when we install new IoT devices, we need to go through a complex process of connecting the device to the WiFi network. With VoltKey, no configuration is necessary: you just plug the new device in and it works.

VoltKey is a plug that generates USB power for IoT devices from a 120V wall outlet. It harvests entropy (noise) from the wall power and generates a unique security key that the IoT device can use to authenticate to the local WiFi network.

Faculty Advisor

Neil Klingensmith

Key Publications

Kyuin Lee, Neil Klingensmith, Younghyun Kim, Suman Banerjee, VoltKey: Continuous Secret Key Generation based on Power Line Noise for Zero-Involvement Pairing and Authentication, Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), September 2019