Lincoln Laboratory honored for transfer of security-enhancing technologies

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) assigned their 2021 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for the Northeast country to two Lincoln Laboratory technologies developed to better security.

The leading technology Forensic Video Exploitation and Analysis (FOVEA) is a suite of analytic tools that makes it significantly easier for investigators to review surveillance video footage. The second technology Keylime is a software architecture designed to increase the security and retirement of data and services in the cloud. Both technologies have transitioned to commercial use via license or open-source approach.

"These Federal Laboratory Consortium assigns are an acknowledgement that the advanced capabilities developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory are valued not only for their donation to enhancing national security but also for their value to kindred private-sector needs" says Bernadette Johnson the chief technology ventures official at Lincoln Laboratory. "Technology convey is considered an integral component of the Department of Defenses comcommission and is explicitly named out in the laboratorys Prime Contract and Sponsoring Agreement. The convey of these two technologies is emblematic of the sole Ramp;D-to-rapid-prototyping transition pipeline we have been developing at Lincoln."

Speeding up video review 

The FOVEA program leading began below sponsorship from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address the challenge of efficiently reviewing video surveillance footage. The process of searching for a specific occurrence investigating profligate objects or piecing unitedly agility from multiple cameras can take investigators hours or even days. It is especially challenging in large-scale closed-circuit TV systems like those that surveil subway stations.

The FOVEA suite overcomes these challenges with three advanced tools. The leading tool video summarization condenses all motion agility into a visual summary transforming for sample an hour of raw video into a three-minute fruit that only highlights motion. The second tool named jump back automatically seeks a portion of the video when an idle object such as a backpack leading appeared. The third tool multi-camera navigation and path reconstruction allows an operator to track a individual or vehicle of interest athwart multiple camera views.

Notably FOVEAs analytic tools can be integrated straightly into existing video surveillance systems and can be processed on any desktop or laptop computer. In opposition most commercial offerings leading demand customers to ship their video data for analysis and to purchase proprietary server equipment or cloud services.

"The project team worked very hard on not just the outgrowth of the FOVEA prototype but also packaging the software in a way that conveniences hand-off to third-party deployment sites and transition partners" says Marianne DeAngelus who led the outgrowth of FOVEA with a team in the Homeland Sensors and Analytics Group.

Under government sponsorship the developers leading deployed FOVEA to two mass transit facilities. Through participation in an MIT-led Innovation-Corps program the team then adapted the technology into a commercial application. Doradus Lab Inc. has since licensed FOVEA for security surveillance in casinos.

"Though FOVEA was originally developed for a specific use case of mass transit security our tech convey to activity will make it useful for a broader set of security applications that would boon from accelerated forensic analysis of surveillance video. We and our DHS sponsor are lucky that this may lead to a wider contact of the technology" adds Jason Thornton who leads the technical cluster.

Putting confide in the cloud

Keylime is making it practicable for government and activity users with sentient data to increase the security of their cloud and internet-of-things (IoT) devices. This free open-source software architecture enables cloud customers to securely upload cryptographic keys passwords and certificates into the cloud without divulging these secrets to their cloud provider and to secure their cloud resources without relying on their provider to do it for them.

Keylime started as an inner project funded through Lincoln Laboratorys Technology Office in 2015. Eventually the Keylime team began discussions with RedHat one of the globes largest open-source software companies to swell the technologys extend. With RedHats help Keylime was transitioned in 2019 into the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as a sandbox technology with more than 30 open-source developers contributing to it from about the globe. Most recently IBM announced its plans to assume Keylime into its cloud fleet enabling IBM to vouch to the security of its thousands of cloud servers.

"Keylimes convey and assumeion into the open-source aggregation and cloud environments helps to empower edge/IoT and cloud customers to validate provider claims of confideworthiness rather than needing to rely solely on confide of the belowlying environment for yielding and correctness" says Charles Munson who developed Keylime with preceding laboratory staff limb Nabil Schear and adapted it as an open-source platform with Luke Hinds at RedHat. 

Keylime achieves its cloud security by leveraging a piece of hardware named a TPM an activity-standard hardware security chip. A TPM generates a hash a brief string of numbers representing a much larger amount of data that changes significantly if data are even slightly tampered with. Keylime can discover and recoil to this tampering in below a second.

Before Keylime TPMs were inconsistent with cloud technology slowing down systems and forcing engineers to change software to convenience the module. Keylime gets about these problems by serving as a piece of intermediary software that allows users to leverage the security boons of the TPM without having to make their software consistent with it.

Transferring to activity

The transition of Lincoln Laboratorys technology to activity and government is mediate to its role as a federally funded investigation and outgrowth center (FFRDC).

The comcommission of the FLC is to facilitate and instruct FFRDCs and activity on the process of technology convey. More than 300 federal laboratories facilities investigation centers and their parent agencies make up the FLC aggregation.

The convey of these FLC-assigned technologies was supported by Bernadette Johnson and Lou Bellaire in the Technology Ventures Office; David Pronchick Drinalda Kume Zachary Sweet and Jayme Selinger of the Contracting Services Department; and Daniel Dardani in MITs Technology Licensing Office along with the technology outgrowth teams. Both FOVEA and Keylime were also assigned Ramp;D 100 Awards in 2020 acknowledging them among the years 100 most innovative technologies useful for sale or license.

The FLC will identify the assign recipients at a countryal meeting in October.