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AutHoNe — Autonomic Home Networking

Our ambience is getting more and more enriched by technical equipment that aims to support us in our daily activities. In our homes these devices are motion detectors that turn on the light or start playing our favorite tune when we enter, microchips that control heating systems, Internet enabled TV sets and set-top boxes or remote controls for various devices and functions.

The support that all these devices provide to residents in their daily lives can be enhanced by facilitating cooperation between. An intelligent home network that has access to all entities in a house might optimize energy efficiency (by demand driven heating), increase safety&security (by presence control of e.g. iron and stove and by automatic door/windows locking mechanisms) and enhance comfort by adapting to user needs and habits.

One of the major objectives of AutHoNe is to support this kind of cooperative scenarios by providing autonomic mechanisms to integrate new devices into home networks. Our focus is not only on enabling devices to participate at the cooperative but also to autonomously optimize the connected nodes all the time.

Technological aspects of AutHoNe

  • Knowledge Sharing:
    AutHoNe is creating a middleware that is especially taking into account the heterogeneous nature of home networks. Bridging the resource gap (e.g. computing power, memory, and bandwidth) is the first challenge here. The range goes from a variety of low resource embedded devices like sensors and actuators in light switches, etc., to one or more powerful control servers that are installed in a typical home of the future. The second focus is on knowledge representation by means of a flexible data model especially being designed by the project.

  • Security:
    Security is essential in our scenario. We introduce a home-local public key infrastructure for that purpose. Our initial “layman proof” registration process equips all nodes with the necessary key and certificate material. Additionally we equip the network with autonomously adapting trust ratings. Our identities and trust ratings are available to services like video streaming allowing them to profit from our security mechanisms as well.

  • Remote Access:
    When interconnecting home networks we have to consider that every home is protected by a combination of NAT/Firewall. Thus, AutHoNe delivers concepts that allow for the secure autonomous configuration of such devices in order to support service usage across multiple domains.

Project Facts:

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project supervisor is the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Duration: 01.10.2007 - 31.03.2011 (42 month)
Funding: ca. 3 Mio € (BMBF)

German partners partially funded by BMBF:

Siemens  Corporate Technology (CT)
Subproject: “Autonomes Management stark Ressourcen-beschränkter verteilter Systeme”
Hirschmann  Automation and Control GmbH
Subproject: “Strategieorientierte, vermaschte Sensornetze”
TU München  Lehrstuhl für Netzarchitektur und Netzdienste
Subproject: “Autonome Sichere Netzwerke”
Fraunhofer  Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS)
Subproject: “Kommunikationsplattform und Middleware”


AutHoNe is being carried out as part of the CELTIC cluster within the EUREKA initiative, CELTIC project partners are Ginkgo Networks (F), France Telecom (F), Université Pierre & Marie Curie (F), Sony-Ericsson (SE), Lund University (SE).
See also: http://www.pt-it.pt-dlr.de/de/2081.php

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