Digital Lobe Receives Patent for Encryption

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Digital Lobe LLC today was awarded US patent number 8,320,562 for encryption technology for securing wireless communications. Particularly useful for point-of-sale transactions and keyless entry, the technology presents an attractive alternative to near field communications (NFC) which is vulnerable to eavesdropping.

Digital Lobe’s patented algorithm generates a secret encryption key based upon the motion of a handset or fob. The motion can be short and simple like a swipe, or more complex like a person’s gait. Both devices of the transaction measure the motion profile and convert the measured profile to a series of seemingly random key bits. Since the motion profile appears the same to both devices, the generated key bits will be the same as well. Furthermore, the key bits will be as unique as the motion profile, and essentially impossible for a third party to replicate. The key bits are used to encrypt and decrypt the data, such as credit card numbers, sent between the devices. At no time is unsecured data ever transmitted, and the presence of an internet link is not required for key generation.

Pete Hammond, President of Digital Lobe states: “We expect our patented technology to remove the final barrier preventing widespread adoption of mobile payment solutions such as Google Wallet and PayPal’s wallet phone. Banks, retailers, and consumers can now all be confident that credit card numbers will not be snooped as they are transmitted from a smart phone.”

Digital Lobe is an encryption technology provider located in Rochester, NY, USA. The company specializes in developing algorithms related to generating secure encryption keys, and then making those algorithms available for sale or licensing.

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Jim Munro, CTO
Phone: (585) 503-5180

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