The last time the U.S. Federal Trade Commission gave a cash prize for software, the winner was the inventors of RoboKiller, an app that employed audio-fingerprinting technology to identify and block bothersome robocalls.
That was 2015. Now in 2017, the FTC is holding another prize competition, this time seeking innovators who can devise a way to fix security vulnerabilities in internet of things household products, according to Computerworld.
The initial version of RoboKiller sent all incoming calls to the app’s servers for analysis. The system then used an audio-fingerprinting algorithm to conclude if the call was a robocall.
The creators of RoboKiller, Ethan Garr and Bryan Moyles, work for communications tech startup TelTech Systems. They developed the app as a side project.
A newer revision of RoboKiller works with Apple’s CallKit technology to identify robocalls. CallKit employs a database of callers to recognize and weed out robocalls and other undesirables, such as spammers.
The 2017 FTC awards, called the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, offers a $25,000 grand prize. The winner will be announced in July.
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