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the ultrasonic firewall

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SoniControl - building the first ultrasonic firewall

Novel technologies like Google Nearby and Silverpush build upon ultrasonic sounds to exchange information. More and more of our devices communicate via this inaudible communication channel. Ultrasonic communication enables to pair devices, exchange information but also to track users and their behavior across several devices similar to cookies in the web. Every device with a microphone and a speaker is able to send and receive ultrasonic information. The user is usually not aware of this inaudible and hidden data transfer. To overcome this gap, within the project SoniControl we research the current capabilities of ultrasonic communication and raise awareness for this unknown communication channel. To date there is no technology available that detects ultrasonic communication and that enables the user to protect his or her privacy. We develop a mobile application that detects ultrasonic activity, notifies the user and blocks the information on demand. Thereby, we want to raise the awareness for this novel technology and help users to protect their privacy.

Check out our video for a short introduction of the project (in German)

PROJECT TEAM

Matthias Zeppelzauer

Project Lead
Matthias Zeppelzauer is a Senior Researcher with the Media Computing Group at University of Applied Sciences, St. Pölten. He has more than 10 years of research experience in audio processing, pattern recognition and machine learning.

Peter Kopciak

Developer

Kevin Pirner

Developer
Kevin Pirner started working as a student researcher in February 2017 for the Media Computing Group, Institute of CreativeMedia/Technologies at the FH St.Pölten, University of Applied Sciences.

Alexis Ringot

Developer
Alexis Ringot is a Junior Researcher at the Media Computing Research Group of St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences (Austria). He graduated from Polytech Lyon engineering school (France) with a Master of Science in Computer Science in 2015.

Florian Taurer

Developer
Florian Taurer started working as a student researcher in February 2017 for the Media Computing Group, Institute of CreativeMedia/Technologies at the FH St.Pölten, University of Applied Sciences.

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Go to Ultrasonic Communication WIKI

Ultrasonic Communication WIKI

We have collected a comprehensive collection of literature about ultrasonic communication. Check out our WIKI and tell us if you miss something!

Go to Ultrasonic Recordings

Ultrasonic Recordings

Download our collection of recorded ultrasonic sounds and see what our phones send and receive (visualizations included)

Source Code

Download the source code of our app and support us in the development of novel features (coming soon..).

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Documentation

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