SECURECONFIG: NFC and QR-Code based Hybrid Approach for Smart Sensor Configuration

Thomas Ulz, Thomas Pieber, Christian Steger, Christian Lesjak, Holger Bock, Rainer Matischek

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In smart factories and smart homes, devices such as smart sensors are connected to the Internet. Independent of the context in which such a smart sensor is deployed, the possibility to change its configuration parameters in a secure way is essential. Existing solutions do provide only minimal security or do not allow to transfer arbitrary configuration data. In this paper, we present an NFC- and QR-code based configuration interface for smart sensors which improves the security and practicability of the configuration altering process while introducing as little overhead as possible. We present a protocol for configuration as well as a hardware extension including a dedicated security controller (SC) for smart sensors. For customers, no additional hardware other than a commercially available smartphone will be necessary which makes the proposed approach highly applicable for smart factory and smart home contexts alike.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventIEEE International Conference on RFID - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 9 May 201711 May 2017
Conference number: 2017


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on RFID
Abbreviated titleRFID
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


  • Near Field Communication
  • Internet of Things
  • smart sensor
  • configuration
  • security controller


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