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Sovereign: Self-contained Smart Home with Data-centric Network and Security
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  • Zhiyi Zhang ,
  • Tianyuan Yu ,
  • Xinyu Ma ,
  • Yu Guan ,
  • Philipp Moll ,
  • Lixia Zhang
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Recent years have witnessed the rapid deployment of smart homes; most of them are controlled by remote servers in the cloud. Such designs raise security and privacy concerns for end users. In this paper, we describe the design of Sovereign, a home IoT system framework that provides end users complete control of their home IoT systems. Sovereign lets home IoT devices and applications communicate via application-named data and secures data directly. This enables direct, secure, one-to-one and one-to-many device-to-device communication over wireless broadcast media. Sovereign utilizes semantic names to construct usable security solutions. We implement Sovereign as a publish-subscribe-based development platform together with a prototype home IoT controller. Our preliminary evaluation shows that Sovereign provides a systematic, easy-to-use solution to user-controlled, self-contained smart homes running on existing IoT hardware without imposing noticeable overhead.
01 Aug 2022Published in IEEE Internet of Things Journal volume 9 issue 15 on pages 13808-13822. 10.1109/JIOT.2022.3144980