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SureThing

Goal: The SureThing project addresses a timely Internet of Things security need: creating and validating location certificates so that devices can make proof of their location or ask proofs to others.
The location verification uses state-of-the-art techniques, including: locality-sensitive network measurements and ambience sensing; combined with diverse witness models which use anonymization techniques.

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Wi-Fi hotspots are a valuable resource for people on the go, especially tourists, as they provide a means to connect personal devices to the Internet. This extra connectivity can be helpful in many situations, e.g., to enable map and chat applications to operate outdoors when cellular connectivity is unavailable or is expensive. Retail stores and many public services have recognized that hotspots have potential to attract and retain customers, so many of them offer free and open Wi-Fi. In busy cities, with many locals and visitors, the number of hotspots is very significant. Some of these hotspots are available for long periods of time, while others are short-lived. When we have many users with devices collecting hotspot observations, they can be used to detect the location -- using the long-lived hotspots -- and to prove the time when the location was visited -- using the short-lived hotspots observed by others users at the location. In this article, we present a dataset of collected Wi-Fi data from the most important tourist locations in the city of Lisbon, Portugal, over a period of months, that was used to show the feasibility of using hotspot data for location detection and proof. The obtained data and algorithms were assessed for a specific use case: smart tourism. We also present the data model used to store the observations and the algorithms developed to detect and prove location of a user device at a specific time. The Lisbon Hotspots dataset, LXspots, is made publicly available to the scientific community so that other researchers can also make use of it to develop new and innovative mobile and Internet of Things applications.
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Work continues on the development of the SureThing framework.
We are prototyping new data formats for location claims, endorsements and certificates.
The formats reflect a balance between common information and extensibility fields. The goal is to allow both a general usefulness to SureThing location certificates, but also the capability to support a wide range of applications areas and location proof techniques. With this core work we will simplify the inteoperability of location proofs and allow easier experimentation with new and novel location proof techniques.
 
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Register for the SureThing Workshop: Advances in Internet of Things and Location. With keynote talk by Josh Siegel (MIT, MSU), panel discussion with researchers and practitioners, and project presentations. http://surething.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/workshop Registration closes January 6th!
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Advances in Internet of Things and Location -- SureThing workshop
The SureThing workshop will present innovative developments, technologies, and challenges related to Internet of Things at large, and Location Based Services (LBS) in particular. Other relevant topics are connected vehicles and 5G communications.
The workshop will feature a keynote talk by Prof. Joshua Siegel (MIT, MSU), a panel discussion with researchers and practitioners, from industry and academia, and a presentation of intermediate results from the SureThing project that is building location proof systems for the Internet of Things. The project's goal is to enable ubiquitous and pervasive applications with robust location proofs.
Friday, January 10th 2019, 09:00-17:00
Lunch included
Hotel Roma, Av. de Roma 33, 1749-074 Lisboa, Portugal
Entrance to the conference room: R. Infante Dom Pedro, 6
Admission is free but the seating is limited.
Please register at:
Closes January 6th!
More information:
Prof. Miguel Pardal
INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
 
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The SureThing project will be present today at the Lisbon European Researchers Night!
https://noitedosinvestigadores.org #European #Science #Lisboa
 
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Tomorrow the SureThing team will present 4 papers and 4 posters at #INForum 2019 hosted by U Minho, Guimarães
Here is the conference program:
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In the last 2 months we have been experimenting with our two prototype apps: CROSS and STOP:
- CROSS stands for loCation pROof techniqueS for consumer mobile applicationS - a smart tourism application.
- STOP stands for Secure Transport lOcation Proofs - a smart vehicle inspection application.
For CROSS we did experiments with end-users to check for Android compatibility issues and to validate the Wi-Fi scavenging and TOTP strategies.
For STOP we did tests for GPS reporting, Bluetooth range, and fault tolerance. We also performed simultaneous use by different users, from different locations, while in motion.
The results have been promising and will be published soon.
 
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[One week only until the deadline]
Postdoctoral researcher position at INESC-ID for the SureThing project
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INESC-ID, a leading research laboratory in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Instituto Superior Técnico (Univ. Lisboa), has opened a postdoctoral researcher position in the following field:
- Cybersecurity and IoT (Authentication of Constrained Devices, Middleware for Constrained Device Communication Protocols, Security Policy Context Verifications);
This appointment is for a postdoctoral researcher contracts, renewable for up to three years. Longer term tenure-track positions are regularly open at Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, which offers additional opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in Lisbon, Portugal.
Full details for applying to the position are available in the following page:
***Application deadline: November 28th, 2018 ***
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About INESC-ID
INESC-ID is a research laboratory of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST - Universidade de Lisboa) in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. INESC-ID's researchers collaborate regularly with the leading groups worldwide, and publish their results in the most competitive venues. Several of its researchers have been awarded some of the most important recognitions in their fields, namely two IEEE Fellows, two ACM Distinguished Members, and one ERC Grant. INESC-ID is highly involved not only in EU projects, networks of excellence and advanced training programs, but also in partnerships with major universities in Europe and the US.
 
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Recently the SureThing project was funded by FCT.
The research team is now increasing in size and depth.
Follow SureThing on Twitter and on the Web site for more news:
 
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We have a prototype ready on the Android platform. It uses Bluetooth to achieve location proofs in proximity.
 
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The SureThing project addresses a timely Internet of Things security need: creating and validating location certificates so that devices can make proof of their location or ask proofs to others.
The location verification uses state-of-the-art techniques, including: locality-sensitive network measurements and ambience sensing; combined with diverse witness models which use anonymization techniques.