Enabling Secure Direct Connectivity Under Intermittent Cellular Network Assistance
Ometov, Aleksandr (2016)
Master's Degree Programme in Information Technology
Tieto- ja sähkötekniikan tiedekunta - Faculty of Computing and Electrical Engineering
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This work targets at investigating direct communications as a promising technology for the next-generation 5G wireless ecosystem that improves the degrees of spatial reuse and creates new opportunities for users in proximity. While direct connectivity has originally emerged as a technology enabler for public safety services, it is likely to remain in the heart of the 5G ecosystem by spawning a wide diversity of proximate applications and services. Direct communications couples together the centralized and the distributed network architectures, and as such requires respective enablers for secure, private, and trusted data exchange especially when cellular control link is not available at all times. Within the research group, the author was tasked to provide the state-of-the-art technology overview and to propose a novel algorithm for maintaining security functions of proximate devices in case of unreliable cellular connectivity, whenever a new device joins the secure group of users or an existing device leaves it. The proposed solution and its rigorous practical implementation detailed in this work open door to a new generation of secure proximity-based services and applications in future wireless communications systems.