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Method and system for systems security

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000209623D
Publication Date: 2011-Aug-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 20K

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This article deals with a system providing a dynamic security infrastructure for house devices.

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Method and system for systems security

In the last years home automation technology has grown very quickly and a lot of focus has been spent on security aspects. In our houses there are lots of devices like TVs, ovens, refrigerators, and so on. Each manufacturer implemented features to improve the security of those devices. For example, on TVs they have been implemented systems to avoid children to look adult-only programs (parental control); on ovens they have been implemented systems to avoid children to open the door while it is working and so on. Most of these security features work in static way under specific circumstances, but they are not able to adapt their behavior depending on how the people living in the house behave in their day by day life. Here few examples where those static features do not work:

If a child goes to bed and his parents started to look an horror movie probably they bypass the children security in order to start watching it. If suddenly the child wake up and go to the living room he could assist to some crude scene.

    It's the object of the current article to propose a method and a system to address the above issues providing a system that adapts the devices security action depending on how the people living in the house behave in their day by day life.

    Considering the example of an horror movie, usually the configured security level disables the watching of some crude scenes. If one of this scene is currently transmitted and the child is far enough the parents can watch it. If suddenly the child comes near the TV automatically the device switches to another program or pauses playing the film (if the device allows that).

    A second security level could be that the program switch or pause happens only if parents are watching a program marked as unsafe even if in a specific moment a safe scene is transmitted.

    A similar thing could happen in the second scenario. If a mother is cooking a cake and her son is far enough she can open/close the oven door how often she wants. If her son comes near the oven the device can decide to enable his security system. There could be also another security level that if enabled allow the devices to block the door only if the children is close to the oven and no adult is next to him.

    The solution is based on Bluetooth or Wii technology in order to allow devices to understand how far children are from them. If the children are far enough the security system won't be enabled so adult can manage them in normal way. If children come near the devices, t...