On September 27th we presented SoniControl and SoniTalk at the Forschungsfest Niederösterreich in Vienna. The event was taking place at the Palais Niederösterreich and welcomed numerous visitors interested in experimenting and discover Lower Austrian research projects. Our stand was in the “Rittersaal” where projects about the “Medien und Technik” topic were positioned. We were able Read more about Forschungsfest Niederösterreich[…]
Our map visualization improved significantly since the first prototype. It now has the functionality to filter by technology, address and time; and shows different technologies with different colours. Beside that, the amplitude of the detections is shown by the radius of the circles and the number of detections at one place is shown by the Read more about Improved map visualization and import detection rules[…]
Here is a first prototype of our new detection dialog. It now integrates the visualization of ultrasonic messages and will offer the possibility to replay messages at audible frequencies to get a better grasp of what was detected. These diagnostics features should help users to distinguish potentially unwanted signals from false detection (e.g. triggered by some “noise”). A sharing functionality will also make Read more about Integrating the diagnostics module[…]
On the 16th of May was taking place the netidee Spring Talk 2019. A great opportunity for the teams of all the funded projects to gather, give a short presentation of their status, ask for help on some specific issues or even offer support in their expertise field. We then had time for networking and Read more about SoniControl at the netidee Spring Talk[…]
How can we show to the users how an ultrasonic message looks like? This question was investigated by the SoniControl team in the last weeks while working on our “Diagnostics-Module”. We are currently implementing sound visualization techniques to make the received inaudible ultrasonic messages better tangible and interpretable to the users. A first result of Read more about Making sound visible[…]
SoniControl was a part of the Radiobroadcast “Camouflage für das Leben in der Überwachungsgesellschaft” on radio Ö1 in the course of the “matrix” series. More information can be found here: https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20190208/542809
On January the 17th, the federal state of Lower Austria was awarding prizes to outstanding innovative projects made in Lower Austria. This year, 10 projects from research institutions and 25 projects from companies were nominated in five categories. SoniControl, as well as four other research projects from St. Pölten UAS, were presented and received a recognition award. “The Read more about Lower Austrian Innovation Awards ceremony[…]
SoniControl source code is now available at github.com/fhstp/SoniControl. GitHub will allow an easy reuse, collaboration and further development of the project. Anyone can use parts of our software in their own app and make it available to the community. We also welcome contributors willing to improve SoniControl or to port it to other platforms. Thanks again to all Read more about SoniControl is now on GitHub ![…]
The second Open Minds Award ceremony, also known as the Austrian Open Source Award, was held on November 9th 2018 at the Palais Wertheim in Vienna. The room was full, showing how active the open source community is in Austria. SoniControl was nominated and won in the category Open Software – System and Security. The Read more about Austrian Open Source Award for SoniControl ![…]
A few days ago, SoniControl app reached 20 000 downloads on Google Play Store. Six months after its launch, our app is used in more than a hundred countries to fight against unwanted ultrasonic tracking. The goal of raising awareness seems to be achieved at least in the German-speaking countries and most people we saw Read more about SoniControl app reached 20 000 downloads[…]
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)
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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!
Download our collection of recorded ultrasonic sounds and see what our phones send and receive (visualizations included)
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SoniControl App – Store
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SoniControl App – Direct Download
Manually download and install SoniControl APK