We meet ANGOKA, the Irish startup with a mission to protect the future of Smart Mobility and Smart Cities

Tell us about your start up
ANGOKA is an IoT security company focused on protecting M2M communications for Smart Cities and Smart Mobility. ANGOKA offers solutions that safeguard communications between devices. The solution effectively provides a “diplomatic bag” to ensure that communications come from an authorised device, arrive at an authorised device, and have not been tampered with en-route.

What is your USP, how do you stand out from your competition?
With rising numbers of inherently insecure networks resulting from the expansion of IoT, ANGOKA’s solutions create trusted connections, even in untrustworthy networks. Each device on the network is authenticated during system initiation, and all messages between devices are authenticated.

ANGOKA’s approach is a paradigm shift in cybersecurity: instead of using software, which must be regularly updated, the ANGOKA solution uses hardware-based Device Authentication Units (DAU)s, which are imprinted with the precise characteristics of the device to which each one is attached – effectively digital fingerprinting.

What is your relationship with the telecom sector?
ANGOKA has a strong relationship with the local and national telecom sector. We are currently involved in two Innovate UK R&D projects with major players in the sector, and in 2022 we started building the first Belfast 5G Test Bed for cyber secure communications in smart city and mobility applications.

How have you got to your current stage of development?
ANGOKA is the only cybersecurity company to win a place on Zenzic’s CAM Scale-Up Programme, delivered in partnership with Plug and Play. ANGOKA was also the first NI start-up to be selected for the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Accelerator, where the NCSC reviewed and assessed ANGOKA’s technology. ANGOKA is also an alumnus of Seraphim Space Camp, Yes!Delft and TechNation Cyber 2.0.

What does the future hold for your business?
We have two target markets: Smart Mobility (including Automotive, Drones, Maritime and Aerospace & Defence) and Smart Cities (including Industry 4.0, IoT & Telecoms and Critical National Infrastructure). We are in advanced discussions with major suppliers in all these sectors regarding adoption of the ANGOKA solution for specific applications.

Steve Berry, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Yuri Andersson, Co-Founder & CEO
Shadi Razak, Co-Founder & CTO
Daniela Menzky, Co-Founder & COO
Koen Gijsbers, NED, 
Daniel Ruiz, Director Smart Cities & Mobility

ANGOKA are one of the startups you will meet at Connected Britain in London this September. You could join them in the startup zone – FIND OUT MORE HERE