Cyber Innovation Series 2021/22: UltraNetAI

Posted on: 04/02/2022


As accessibility of the internet and digital services across the world has dramatically increased, there is a greater focus now on protecting vulnerable individuals against online harm. With perpetrators committing crimes digitally, finding and collecting digital evidence has become a significant hurdle.

UltraNetAI is an innovative solution designed – initially – to help UK police protect children and vulnerable adults against serious offences online.

The solution is a small device which Police Officers can utilise in order to gain forensic information about all connected devices to a home Wi-Fi, when entering a property. The product embeds novel machine learning expertise from the University of Essex in a network device. This is a unique offering in supporting UK police workflows and providing real time data.

Once established in the law enforcement field, the technology can be applied to protect users against harm in educational environments, targeting further education colleges.

At Demo Day, the team will be demonstrating its current Proof of Concept device which combines the on-premises device, cloud analytics and mobile delivery.

The UltraNetAI Team 

The UltraNetAI team is from the University of Essex and combines expertise in security solutions, edge machine learning, entrepreneurship and engineering.

The team comprises:

  • Prof. Martin Reed – Expert in networking and security solutions.
  • Prof. Klaus McDonald-Maier – Experienced academic entrepreneur.
  • Dr Xiaojun Zhai – Expert in edge machine learning and embedded systems.
  • Philip Cheung – Network engineer who has worked with Essex Police and Further Education colleges on early prototypes.
  • Darius Rutkauskas – Technology Transfer Officer, University of Essex

See them at Demo Day

Join us on Thursday 17 Feb 2022 and be the first to preview a range of highly promising cyber products and services from leading UK academic teams. Hear their pitches and assess their offerings in this unique showcase of ready-to-commercialise cyber innovations. Register here.

CyberASAP 2022/23

Funding for CyberASAP 2022/23 has just been confirmed for academic teams with a cyber security idea they would like to commercialise. The funding competition opens on Monday 7th February 2022 and closes at 12noon on Wednesday 2nd March. To receive details of the programme and how to apply please provide your details here.

About CyberASAP

CyberASAP (Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) is the only pre-seed accelerator programme in the cyber ecosystem which provides expertise, knowledge and support to convert academic research into commercial products and services.

CyberASAP is funded by the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN.

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