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A Component-Based Approach for Securing Indoor Home Care Applications

ICT Department, IK4-Ikerlan, 20500 Arrasate-Mondragón, Spain
Automatic Control & Systems Engineering Department, ETSI Bilbao, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48013 Bilbao, Spain
Electronic and Automation Engineering Department, University of Jaen (UJA), 23071 Jaén, Spain
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Sensors 2018, 18(1), 46;
Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 5 December 2017 / Accepted: 18 December 2017 / Published: 26 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensor-based E-Healthcare System: Greenness and Security)
eHealth systems have adopted recent advances on sensing technologies together with advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to provide people-centered services that improve the quality of life of an increasingly elderly population. As these eHealth services are founded on the acquisition and processing of sensitive data (e.g., personal details, diagnosis, treatments and medical history), any security threat would damage the public’s confidence in them. This paper proposes a solution for the design and runtime management of indoor eHealth applications with security requirements. The proposal allows applications definition customized to patient particularities, including the early detection of health deterioration and suitable reaction (events) as well as security needs. At runtime, security support is twofold. A secured component-based platform supervises applications execution and provides events management, whilst the security of the communications among application components is also guaranteed. Additionally, the proposed event management scheme adopts the fog computing paradigm to enable local event related data storage and processing, thus saving communication bandwidth when communicating with the cloud. As a proof of concept, this proposal has been validated through the monitoring of the health status in diabetic patients at a nursing home. View Full-Text
Keywords: eHealthcare; security; safety; reliability; service component architecture; data distribution service; domain modeling eHealthcare; security; safety; reliability; service component architecture; data distribution service; domain modeling
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Agirre, A.; Armentia, A.; Estévez, E.; Marcos, M. A Component-Based Approach for Securing Indoor Home Care Applications. Sensors 2018, 18, 46.

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