Towards Automated Authentication for Mobile Users in WLAN Hot-Spots

Jörg Ott, Dirk Kutscher, Mark Koch

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This paper presents an automated user authentication mechanism for WLAN hot-spots that is intended for mobile usage scenarios. Based upon cues from access points and hot-spot infrastructures, we detect availability of hot-spots, deduce the access method and the wireless ISP's identity, and finally perform authentication taking into account user policies. Our approach enables users to authenticate with a hot-spot within a few seconds, enabling their use even from passing vehicles. While our current implementation works with some hot-spots, we have discovered others that are not well-suited for the current scheme. As mid-term remedy, we finally suggest service announcements to inform mobile users about hot-spot capabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Semiannual Vehicular Technology Conference Fall 2005 Dallas, TX, USA, September 2005
Subtitle of host publicationMid Way Through the Decade - Technology Past, Present and Future
ISBN (Electronic)0780391527
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


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