A secure interoperable architecture for building-automation applications

Steffen Wendzel*, Thomas Rist, Elisabeth André, Masood Masoodian

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Building-automation systems enable building administrators and inhabitants to monitor and control their buildings from within the building itself, as well as from outside using remote access tools. In recent years, many such control systems have been developed for both residential and nonresidential buildings, with increasing levels of functionality. Due to the growing number of building-automation system manufacturers, which use different network and communication protocols with no interoperability, it is often not possible to integrate the use of components from different manufacturers in a single building. To overcome this major limitation, we have developed a multilayer architecture for building-automation, designed to allow remote management of buildings, while making it possible to use components from different manufacturers. Our architecture implements an advanced secure interface for building-automation software, using secure event-handling and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). The architecture is designed to provide energy consumption and monitoring applications with an interface protecting their privacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Applied Sciences in Biomedical and Communication Technologies, ISABEL'11
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Symposium on Applied Sciences in Biomedical and Communication Technologies - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 26 Oct 201129 Oct 2011
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Applied Sciences in Biomedical and Communication Technologies
Abbreviated titleISABEL


  • building automation systems (BAS)
  • energy awareness

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