Activities

TAMper Resistant Sensor node

As the Internet of Things becomes a reality the trustworthiness of all its components assumes the utmost importance. The trustworthiness of any system depends on its weakest part. When wireless sensor nodes (WSN) are included in the Internet of Things then it is likely that one of the more vulnerable parts will be the wireless sensor nodes themselves. These devices can be attacked by "standard" network based approaches, but also by physical means if they are left unattended in remote sites - a very frequent scenario for WSN. While much research effort has been spent on improving the network security of WSN, the protection of the nodes and especially their protection against physical attacks has been, until now, neglected. We are convinced that protecting the wireless sensor nodes is essential since compromised nodes put the whole system at risk.

TAMPRES aims to significantly improve the trustworthiness of wireless sensor nodes. To achieve this goal we will investigate protection mechanisms in the following areas:

The range of protection mechanisms available will be evaluated by experiments with existing and recently manufactured ASICs. To ensure manufacturer independence, both NXP and IHP technologies will be used to evaluate the results. TAMPRES will also integrate its findings in a methodology which supports system designers to select the correct means to protect their new devices.

Partners

IHP Orange UCL IAIK
NXP ETH Coalesenses

Funding

This project is funded by the European Commission - Framework Program 7 (EC - FP7)