Highly Usable and Secure Pairing for IoT Devices


Reference #: 01534

The University of South Carolina is offering licensing opportunities for Highly Usable and Secure Pairing for IoT Devices


After you purchase a new IoT device, it is painful to connect it to your home WiFi or pair it with your smartphone. Very often, the process can be hacked by your neighbor or a remote attacker, as the new device may get paired with the attacker or you leak your home WiFi password to the attacker. It is either a burden for IoT manufacturers, as they have to assign a unique pairing password for each IoT device’s firmware and print it correctly on the manual; or it can become a serious security vulnerability if a uniform password is used for all devices.

Invention Description:

With this innovation, a user holding a smartphone or wearing a smartwatch can finish secure paring by simply pressing the IoT device's button, twisting its knob, or swiping its touchscreen. No pairing passwords are needed.

Potential Applications:

The total installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices worldwide is projected to amount to 30.9 billion units by 2025, a sharp jump from the 13.8 billion units that are expected in 2021. This innovation can improve the usability and security for almost all the IoT device pairings.

Advantages and Benefits:

As described above, the innovation can significantly improve the usability and security of IoT pairing.

Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Password-Free Usable and Secure Pairing of IoT Devices Utility United States 17/691,697   3/10/2022     Filed
Software and Computing
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Qiang Zeng
Internet of Things
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