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Title: Democratizing Authority in the Built Environment

Abstract

Operating systems and applications in the built environment have relied upon central authorization and management mechanisms which restrict their scalability, especially with respect to administrative overhead. We propose a new set of primitives encompassing syndication, security, and service execution that unifies the management of applications and services across the built environment, while enabling participants to individually delegate privilege across multiple administrative domains with no loss of security or manageability. We show how to leverage a decentralized authorization syndication platform to extend the design of building operating systems beyond the single administrative domain of a building. The authorization system leveraged is based on blockchain smart contracts to permit decentralized and democratized delegation of authorization without central trust. Upon this, a publish/subscribe syndication tier and a containerized service execution environment are constructed. Combined, these mechanisms solve problems of delegation, federation, device protection and service execution that arise throughout the built environment. We leverage a high-fidelity city-scale emulation to verify the scalability of the authorization tier, and briefly describe a prototypical democratized operating system for the built environment using this foundation.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. UC Berkeley
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Regents of the University of California, Berkeley; California Institute for Energy and Environment
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Contributing Org.:
UC Berkeley
OSTI Identifier:
1420424
Report Number(s):
DOE-UCB-EE0007685-1
DE-FOA-0001383 (BENEFIT)
DOE Contract Number:
EE0007685
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys ’17); Conference: BuildSys '17, Delft, The Netherlands, November 8-9, 2017
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; Built Environment, Syndication, Microservices, Federation, Security, Sensors

Citation Formats

Andersen, Michael P, Kolb, John, Chen, Kaifei, Culler, David, and Katz, Randy. Democratizing Authority in the Built Environment. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Andersen, Michael P, Kolb, John, Chen, Kaifei, Culler, David, & Katz, Randy. Democratizing Authority in the Built Environment. United States.
Andersen, Michael P, Kolb, John, Chen, Kaifei, Culler, David, and Katz, Randy. Wed . "Democratizing Authority in the Built Environment". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1420424.
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