GPSPiChain-Blockchain based self-contained family security system in smart home
Raza, A and Hardy, L and Roehrer, E and Yeom, S and Kang, BH, GPSPiChain-Blockchain based self-contained family security system in smart home, Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Smart Simulation and Modelling for Complex Systems, 12 August 2019, Macau, China (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]
With advancements in technology, personal computing devices are better adapted for and further integrated into people's lives and homes. The integration of technology into society also results in an increasing desire to control who and what has access to sensitive information, especially for vulnerable people including children and the elderly. With blockchain coming in to the picture as a technology that can revolutionise the world, it is now possible to have an immutable audit trail of locational data over time. By controlling the process through inexpensive equipment in the home, it is possible to control whom has access to such personal data. This paper presents a blockchain based family security system for tracking the location of consenting family members' smart phones. The locations of the family members' smart phones are logged and stored in a private blockchain which can be accessed through a node installed in the family home on a computer. The data for the whereabouts of family members stays within the family unit and does not go to any third party. The system is implemented in a small scale (one miner and two other nodes) and the technical feasibility is discussed along with the limitations of the system. Further research will cover the integration of the system into a smart home environment, and ethical implementations of tracking, especially of vulnerable people, using the immutability of blockchain.
Refereed Conference Paper
blockchain, security, global positioningsystem, smart home