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Secure, Mobile visual sensor networks ArchiTecture


The project SMART (1.5.2009 - 30.4.2012) aims at providing an Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) infrastructure that will support the following features efficiently and inexpensively: high-security levels, low power consumption, video-capabilities, auto-configuration and self-organization.

This infrastructure will be based on both: an off-the-shelf reconfigurable device (WSN node) and on a specially designed and implemented Reconfigurable Application-Specific Instruction-set Processor (RASIP).

The SMART system will also take advantage of the partial real-time reconfiguration feature of the reconfigurable devices and will be able to alter their processing tasks according to the environment the sensor network operates in.


Further Objectives:

  • Develop a new reconfigurable processing unit that has built-in real-time reconfigurable technology and a very low power CPU for power efficient processing in WSN environments.
  • Develop and implement in the Reconfigurable Devices innovative data and video compression algorithms tailored to the WSNs' requirements.
  • Prototype and validate SMART's complete infrastructure in a large real-world trial consisting of both complex video-capable and low-end miniaturised sensor nodes.



IHP`s Contribution

  • Security Requirements capture
  • Implementation of real-time partial reconfiguration and sensing mechanism
  • Design of low-power security systems
  • Implementing resistant to side-channel attack security sub-systems
  • Design and implementation of the RASIP


The project is funded by BMBF (01IS09001C) and EC ARTEMIS-JU (100032).

Project Partners

Hellenic Aerospace Industry (Greece), Lippert Embedded Computers GmbH (Germany), Matodos y Tecnologia de Sistemas y Processos (Spain), Nanosens (The Netherlands), Philips Consumer Lifetime (The Netherlands), Technical University Braunschweig (Germany), TEI Halkidas (Greece), Telecommunication Systems Institute (Greece), Thales Communications (Italy), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)

External Links

The building and the infrastructure of the IHP were funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, funds of the Federal Government and also funds of the Federal State of Brandenburg.