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Location Privacy and the Personal Distributed Environment

Summary: Location Privacy and the Personal Distributed
Robert C Atkinson, Swee Keow Goo, James Irvine and John Dunlop
Mobile Communications Group, University of Strathclyde
Royal College Building, 204 George Square
Glasgow G1 1XW UK
Abstract-- The Personal Distributed Environment is a new
concept being developed within the Mobile VCE Core 3 research
programme whereby users have access to their services and data
through a distributed set of terminals, wherever their location:
ubiquitous access. Devices are co-ordinated by Device
Management Entities (DMEs), which are either Local DMEs,
controlling devices within a single PDE subnetwork at a user's
home or office. For example, or an overall Root DME providing
universal co-ordination and a single point of contact. While such
a structure allows very flexible service delivery, it has serious
security concerns, as the presence of signalling between Root and
Local DMEs will allow the location of the user to be determined
at all times. In this paper, we analyse the security threats to the


Source: Atkinson, Robert C - Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde


Collections: Engineering