23. May 2017
Mülheim an der Ruhr / Bottrop, 23 May 2017: Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences and Ruhr University Bochum engage in joint research on ‘IT security in smart home networks in connection with intelligent measuring systems’. Funding for this research project is provided via the ‘Digital Security’ funding line of the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research.
The grant proposal on ‘IT security in smart home networks in connection with intelligent measuring systems’, submitted jointly by Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences (HRW) and Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), was approved by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research (MIWF) as part of its ‘Digital Security’ grant programme. The funding will be used to support a doctoral research project supervised by Prof. Dr. Gerd Bumiller (HRW – Institute of Computer Science) and Prof. Dr. Jörg Schwenk (RUB). The doctorate is part of the state-wide graduate college ‘Human Centered Systems Security – North Rhine-Westphalian Experts in Research on Digitalization’ (NERD NRW). The industry partner joining HRW and RUB in this joint doctoral project is Power Plus Communications, a Mannheim-based company that will provide feedback with regard to whether the research questions and outcomes are suitable for application in practice.
About this research project: IT security in smart home networks
Intelligent measuring systems offer many benefits to end users. For instance, smart home components can be used to operate photovoltaic systems automatically and to use electricity at favourable times of the day to reduce the costs of consumption. Furthermore, consumers can conveniently monitor the energy consumption of their household via smart home apps. Since using smart home components and operating and monitoring appliances via apps helps increase the quality of life, such applications will become significantly more widespread in European households in the future. At the same time, they threaten consumers’ privacy, because by using an app, personal data are transmitted to outside parties and may potentially be misused. This is the starting point for the planned doctoral project, which is designed to examine effective mechanisms to protect consumers’ privacy.