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New Protocol for the "Internet of Things"

Researchers from Hasso Plattner Institute present an innovative security solution for wireless technology in the “Internet of Things” with their new protocol "Adaptive Key Establishment Scheme" (AKES) at CeBIT. The protocol controls which device can enter an IEEE 802.15.4 wireless network and enables encryption of the corresponding wireless communication. 

The protocol of HPI researcher Konrad-Felix Krentz controls which device can enter an IEEE 802.15.4 wireless network and enables encryption of the corresponding wireless communication. (Source: HPI)

At this time, IEEE 802.15.4 has been developed as the de facto wireless standard for the Internet of Things (IoT), mainly because of its low power consumption and range of up to around 200 meters. The standard is particularly well-suited for the wireless communication of sensors and actuators, for instance in applications for smart homes, smart factories and smart cities. A fully functional implementation for the IoT operating system Contiki is available as an open source code.