More and more people are using mobile phones for an increasing number of purposes and the cell phone has long become a personal electronic assistant for all occasions. “People play games on the mobile, buy concert tickets, and use it as a key for access control. Data is stored at every step to allow activities to be assigned to particular phones and thus to specific people”, explained Kurt Dietrich of the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communication Technology (IAIK) of Graz University of Technology. It’s especially difficult to protect the privacy of individual persons.
“When a person executes an access control using a mobile, it is enough to know that the person has permission to enter the building. More information about that person and his or her further activities are not required and should remain confidential“, adds the scientific co-ordinator of the newly launched SEPIA EU project, outlining the area of application.
In the framework of SEPIA, Graz University of Technology researchers in co-operation with leading companies in the field are aiming to increase security for future generations of mobile phones. “Confidential data protection is number one priority at all development levels – from design to the finished product”, says Dietrich. Focus of the research at IAIK is on anonymity-preserving processes. Furthermore, the researchers want to develop new security mechanisms for mobile phone processors of the future. Even the launch of the project was crowned with one success – the Ministry of Science and Research paid tribute to Dietrich at the end of June together with other project co-ordinators in the 7th EU Research Framework Programme as an “Austrian champion in European research.”
EU Project SEPIA
Start: June 2010
Duration: 3 years
Partners: ARM Limited, Giesecke & Devrient, Infineon Technologies, BrightSight
Dipl.-Ing. Kurt Dietrich
Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communication Technology
Tel.: +43 (0) 316 873 5511
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