The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly evolving field that involves the interconnection and interaction of smart objects (i.e., objects or devices with embedded sensors, onboard data processing capability, and a means of communication) to provide automated services that would otherwise not be possible.
IoT is not a single technology, but rather involves the convergence of sensor, information, communication, and actuation technologies. One of the main challenges is that it needs modular architecture to support very heterogeneous standards, which may or may not be designed particularly for IoT, and diverse devices, such as various sensors and radio devices.
Security is another major concern for IoT applications. The vulnerable and lightweight IoT devices may not protect the privacy and integrity of collected data. On the other hand, these devices might be exploited to launch attacks, such as the distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks.
In this project, we developed and evaluated the end-to-end secure and modular IoT platform. This platform consists of the software modules that can be used to support different 802.15.4 radio devices, 6LoWPAN communication protocol, routing and dynamic IP address allocation protocol, the PKI of certifying IoT devices, and the Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) communications protocol for secure IoT device communications. That is, these software modules cover many essential components of IoT applications.
Considering the diverse standards and devices for IoT applications, the software modules developed in this project facilitated the development of IoT applications. Moreover, these modules were extensively tested and evaluated in an IoT environment. The test and evaluation ensure the reliability and applicability of these modules.
The outcomes of the project is valuable to all parties, CSIRO, Boeing and end user, as stated below.
CSIRO: Developing thought leaders in the Internet of Things (IoT) security by building IoT security capability and test platforms; producing white papers and quality science publications; developing a new IP portfolio through patents, tools and software; and commercialization beyond aerospace applications (e.g., health, SCADA, manufacturing, etc.)
Boeing: The wireless solution is targeted to reduce manufacturing cost exiting wired based solutions and on costs through weight reduction
End user: Reduce weight on aircraft and reduce cost for installation.