In my last blog, I introduced the EU project About the SERENITY project and described how security patterns can be exploited to support system designers/developers (persons that in general might lack a deep security know-how) to make their systems more secure.
An entire project activity focuses at developing a set of motivating reference scenarios to evaluate, tune, and assess all methods, techniques, and tools emerging from SERENITY. One of this scenario deals with the growing requirements of the electronic health care monitoring and assistance for patients.
Strongly aligned with the case-studies investigated under the WASP EU project and the SWISH research transfer project (see Annett’s blogs on WASP monitors elderly people and Wireless Sensor Networks for SAP Healthcare respectively), this SERENITY scenario intends to give significative emphasis on security related aspects emerging from the interaction between the patient’s smart home and the other scenario entities (i.e., both human actors and the devices they are equipped with).
In this respect, SAP Research at Sophia Antipolis initiated a collaboration with the DOMUS laboratory (University of Sherbrooke , Canada) at the purpose of integrating into the scenario the DOMUS infrastructure, a real-world smart home infrastructure using RFIDs, sensors, effectors, and other advanced communication technologies to provide e-Health monitoring capabilities.
The DOMUS laboratory combines a unique research infrastructure and a multidisciplinary team. Building pervasive assistance systems is a very complex challenge that requires deep knowledge, practical experience, and sophisticated hardware. With his team, Prof. Sylvain Giroux (U. of Sherbrooke) has put into place
- the compulsory blend of expertise: 5 researchers of the University of Sherbrooke (engineering, computer science, occupational therapy, geo-business) and regional, national and international partnerships in healthcare, computer science, and industrial design;
- a rich network of organizations: Centre de Réadaptation-Estrie (CRE), Centre de recherche Fernand-Séguin of the Hospital L.-H. Lafontaine, Ericsson, Rogers, Medical Intelligence, France-Telecom, Ariane Controls. In particular, DOMUS has a close collaboration with the CRE and thus can benefit from the practical experience of its professionals and from its network in the community.
- a unique infrastructure: on the campus, an apartment of 4½ rooms fully equipped with sensors, effectors, and advanced communication networks (powerline, WIFI, etc.). In a near future a residence of 10 apartments equipped with sensors and effectors will be built in collaboration with the CRE. Therefore DOMUS will benefit of the complete infrastructure for experimentation, from the research lab to real-world context such that technological transfer of research prototypes will be easier.
DOMUS has also already received significant public visibility providing opportunities to contribute to public awareness and education on the issues, challenges and solutions related to pervasive computing, smart homes, and cognitive assistance. This exposure was on national and youth TV —e.g. RDI and ZTélé—, on national and local radios —e.g., « Les Années-lumière » of Radio-Canada —, in national and local newspapers, — e.g., Le Devoir—, and general scientific magazines —e.g. Interface.
This collaboration with DOMUS offers a perfect real-life evaluation environment on which to experiment our security solutions. We hope we can feed back the results of this collaboration into the SAP healthcare community and open new opportunities for SAP healthcare products. Our focus will be to enhance the security of these products.