Critical Infrastructure Surveillance Using Secure Wireless Sensor Networks

Michael Niedermeier, Xiaobing He , Hermann de Meer, Carsten Buschmann, Klaus Hartmann, Benjamin Langmann, Michael Koch, Stefan Fischer, Dennis Pfisterer


In this work, a secure wireless sensor network (WSN) for the surveillance, monitoring and protection of critical infrastructures was developed. To guarantee the security of the system, the main focus was the implementation of a unique security concept, which includes both security on the communication level, as well as mechanisms that ensure the functional safety during its operation. While there are many theoretical approaches in various subdomains of WSNs—like network structures, communication protocols and security concepts—the construction, implementation and real-life application of these devices is still rare. This work deals with these aforementioned aspects, including all phases from concept-generation to operation of a secure wireless sensor network. While the key focus of this paper lies on the security and safety features of the WSN, the detection, localization and classification capabilities resulting from the interaction of the nodes’ different sensor types are also described.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sensor and Actuator Networks
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)336-370
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 25.11.2015


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