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Education and Innovation in Embedded Systems Design

USI Università della Svizzera italiana, USI Faculty of Informatics, Advanced Learning and Research Institute USI Università della Svizzera italiana USI Faculty of Informatics USI Advanced Learning and Research Institute
TitleUML System-Level Analysis and Design of Secure Communication Schemes for Embedded Systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsPiscopo, G., M. Prevostini, and I. Stefanini
Conference NameFDL'04
Date PublishedSeptember 14-17
Conference LocationLille, France
Keywordsembedded systems, low-power protocols, security, unified modeling language (UML)

In this work we develop a secure communication protocol in the context of a Remote Meter Reading (RMR) System. We first analyze existing standards in secure communication (e.g. IPsec, SSL/TSL) and existing implementations aimed at embedded systems with low-power constraints in general (e.g. lwIP, lwBT, ZigBee). Then, starting from a Platform Independent Modeling (PIM), we develop a protocol concept to address authentication, integrity and confidentiality, also covering battery lifetime checking and theft monitoring. Finally the protocol itself is described by means of UML. Limited resource and low-power constraints are taken into account when examining secure-transmission features. RMR is thus an example of an application requiring a light-weight protocol combined with security features. One of the future objectives is to switch from the PIM description to PSM implementation.