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Developing a Secure Low-Cost Radon Monitoring System

RNASA-IMEDIR, Computer Science Faculty, University of A Coruna, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
Centro de Investigación en Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (CITIC), Campus de Elviña s/n, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
Centro de Innovación Tecnolóxica en Edificación e Enxeñería Civil (CITEEC), Campus de Elviña s/n, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
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Sensors 2020, 20(3), 752;
Received: 24 December 2019 / Revised: 19 January 2020 / Accepted: 23 January 2020 / Published: 29 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue RFID and NFC in Secure IoT Scenarios and Applications)
Radon gas has been declared a human carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Several studies carried out in Spain highlighted the high radon concentrations in several regions, with Galicia (northwestern Spain) being one of the regions with the highest radon concentrations. The objective of this work was to create a safe and low-cost radon monitoring and alert system, based on open source technologies. To achieve this objective, the system uses devices, a collection of sensors with a processing unit and a communication module, and a backend, responsible for managing all the information, predicting radon levels and issuing alerts using open source technologies. Security is one of the largest challenges for the internet of things, and it is utterly important in the current scenario, given that high radon concentrations pose a health risk. For this reason, this work focuses on securing the entire end-to-end communication path to avoid data forging. The results of this work indicate that the development of a low-cost, yet secured, radon monitoring system is feasible, allowing one to create a network of sensors that can help mitigate the health hazards that high radon concentrations pose. View Full-Text
Keywords: radon monitoring; IoT security; alert system; open source radon monitoring; IoT security; alert system; open source
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Alvarellos, A.; Gestal, M.; Dorado, J.; Rabuñal, J.R. Developing a Secure Low-Cost Radon Monitoring System. Sensors 2020, 20, 752.

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Alvarellos A, Gestal M, Dorado J, Rabuñal JR. Developing a Secure Low-Cost Radon Monitoring System. Sensors. 2020; 20(3):752.

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Alvarellos, Alberto; Gestal, Marcos; Dorado, Julián; Rabuñal, Juan R. 2020. "Developing a Secure Low-Cost Radon Monitoring System" Sensors 20, no. 3: 752.

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