Privacy sensitive location information systems in smart buildings

Jodie P. Boyer, Kaijun Tan, Carl A. Gunter

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Increasing automation of buildings enables rich information streams about the activities of building users to reach networked computer systems. Privacy concerns typically cause this information to be accessible only by building managers and security personnel. However, if appropriate privacy mechanisms can be implemented, then it is possible to deploy location information systems that can contribute to the convenience and efficiency of users. This paper describes a three step approach to privacy-sensitive release of location information collected by building sensors. These steps entail defining an ownership model, defining environment events to be monitored, and creating a sharing model. These steps are described mathematically and then validated through a case study for a system called Janus's Map which provides a location information system for the card reader, door, and occupancy sensors of a modern smart building.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSecurity in Pervasive Computing - Third International Conference, SPC 2006, Proceedings
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)3540333762, 9783540333760
StatePublished - 2006
Event3rd International Conference on Security in Pervasive Computing, SPC 2006 - York, United Kingdom
Duration: Apr 18 2006Apr 21 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3934 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other3rd International Conference on Security in Pervasive Computing, SPC 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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