Secure Drop system for MWSNs

A Security Enabled “Drop” System for Emergency Medical based WSNs

The Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre at UL has successfully developed a number of sensors for gas concentration measurements.  These have included Optical Fibre Based Versions and optical (no fibre) versions. There are particular cases which require these sensors to be completely autonomous, communicating only with a central base station or proximal data collection unit being a communications relay unit.   First Responders (FRs) and emergency medical (EM) teams are groups for which such sensors are of prime importance.  It is essential that the FR and EM controllers have access to real time sensor data to monitor levels of atmospheric toxicity arising from a major incident e.g. explosion and/or fire.  In this scenario it is necessary to maintain security of the data to ensure that the data is not intercepted by potentially hostile organisations e.g. terrorist groups and that it can be used exclusively by the emergency team for assessing the immediate threat and subsequently extinguishing this threat.

The aim in this project is to develop a secure FPGA based practical framework for high speed implementation that will be used with IoT applications to provide near real time data protection and integrity checks for medical “Drop” technology for use in emergency and first responder applications or for continuous health monitoring of a patient.


The project is funded by an Erasmus Mundus Strong Ties Scholarship.
The funded Researcher is Muhammad Muzaffar Ali Rao (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Project Supervisors: Dr Thomas Newe and Dr Ian Grout.

This Researcher has successfully completed his PhD viva voce and graduated in January 2016