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Sensors 2016, 16(12), 2204; doi:10.3390/s16122204

Secure and Efficient Key Coordination Algorithm for Line Topology Network Maintenance for Use in Maritime Wireless Sensor Networks

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Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Limerick, Limerick V94 T9PX, Ireland
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Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Centre, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Limerick, Limerick V94 T9PX, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Kemal Akkaya
Received: 14 November 2016 / Revised: 6 December 2016 / Accepted: 19 December 2016 / Published: 21 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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Abstract

There has been a significant increase in the proliferation and implementation of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) in different disciplines, including the monitoring of maritime environments, healthcare systems, and industrial sectors. It has now become critical to address the security issues of data communication while considering sensor node constraints. There are many proposed schemes, including the scheme being proposed in this paper, to ensure that there is a high level of security in WSNs. This paper presents a symmetric security scheme for a maritime coastal environment monitoring WSN. The scheme provides security for travelling packets via individually encrypted links between authenticated neighbors, thus avoiding a reiteration of a global rekeying process. Furthermore, this scheme proposes a dynamic update key based on a trusted node configuration, called a leader node, which works as a trusted third party. The technique has been implemented in real time on a Waspmote test bed sensor platform and the results from both field testing and indoor bench testing environments are discussed in this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless sensor networks; WSN; security; maritime WSN; dynamic symmetric key update; Waspmote; algorithm wireless sensor networks; WSN; security; maritime WSN; dynamic symmetric key update; Waspmote; algorithm
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Elgenaidi, W.; Newe, T.; O’Connell, E.; Toal, D.; Dooly, G. Secure and Efficient Key Coordination Algorithm for Line Topology Network Maintenance for Use in Maritime Wireless Sensor Networks. Sensors 2016, 16, 2204.

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