Trust-Provisioning Infrastructure for a Global and Secured UAV Authentication System

Dominic Pirker, Thomas Fischer, Harald Witschnig, Christian Steger

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Abstract

UAVs are gaining momentum in various areas, whether it is in the commercial or private sector. Novel scenarios are extending the seemingly endless list of use cases for this emerging technology. To avoid ungoverned proliferation and abandoned aerial objects, not only regulations but also technical solutions are indispensable. Authentication of a UAV is required to link to the operator and respective competences. Besides appropriate competences, regulations are depending on regional authorities, which demands a studious concept to avoid insular solutions. This paper proposes a thought-through infrastructure for a secured and global operative authentication system. First, upcoming regulations are considered for the concept to make the system regulatory compliant. Then, to avoid a patchwork of proclaimed solutions, the system design is based on the principle of delegated authority, which allows the respective authorities to keep control over their domains. Further, to associate UAVs with their operators, a cryptographic link is created during a provisioning process. This link is represented by a certificate, comparable with a conventional driver's license. The system design allows divestment of respective flight permissions, enabled by certificate revocation. Lastly, we constructed a proof-of-concept for the proposed infrastructure solution and compared it to a decentralized approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoBCom 2020 - International Conference on Broadband Communications for Next Generation Networks and Multimedia Applications - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9781728174921
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Event3rd International Conference on Broadband Communications for Next Generation Networks and Multimedia Applications: CoBCom 2020 - TU Graz, Virtuell, Graz, Austria
Duration: 7 Jul 202010 Jul 2020
https://www.cobcom.tugraz.at/

Publication series

NameCoBCom 2020 - International Conference on Broadband Communications for Next Generation Networks and Multimedia Applications - Proceedings

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Broadband Communications for Next Generation Networks and Multimedia Applications
Abbreviated titleCoBCom 2020
CountryAustria
CityVirtuell, Graz
Period7/07/2010/07/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • authentication
  • certificates
  • DNS
  • HSM
  • mDL
  • PKI
  • TLS
  • UAV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Media Technology
  • Instrumentation

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