Instituto de Telecomunicações

Secure channel training method for NOMA systems

Posted by Maria from Instituto de TelecomunicaçõesResponsive · Patents for licensing · Portugal

Summary of the technology

New physical layer security technology comprising an innovative secure channel training scheme that protects a two user non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) system against eavesdropping attacks. This technology improves the confidentiality level of the current and future wireless systems, more specifically in scenarios in which the transmission channel is shared by several terminals using a power domain NOMA scheme.

Instituto de Telecomunicações
Instituto de Telecomunicações

CONTEXT

In commercial wireless standards, the protection against eavesdropping attacks has been provided by cryptographic protocols. The secrecy provided by these protocols relies on the assumption that some complex mathematical problems would take thousands of years to be solved using conventional computing methods. However, with the recent progresses in the field of quantum processing, some of these problems will be solvable, making less secure the current cryptographic techniques.

In wireless networks, one of the solutions to address these new threats in secrecy is physical layer security. The main area behind physical layer security is to use the channel dynamics to create uncertainty at the eavesdropper. Contrarily to what happens with commercial cryptosystems, in physical layer security the secrecy performance is quantified from an information theoretical perspective not relying on any type of technological limitation at the eavesdropper. This invention was designed and evaluated using physical layer security principles and comprises an innovative secure channel training scheme that protects a NOMA system against eavesdropping attacks coming from inside and outside of the network.

APPLICATIONS

This invention is targeted to supportlowthroughput services with stringent secrecyrequirements.

All type of services that need to exchange small blocks of critical information with maximum secrecy are target applications.

EXCHANGE OF SECRET KEYS

EXCHANGE OF BANKING INFORMATION,such as:

  • Credit card numbers
  • Passwords

IMPROVING SECURITY OF WIRELESS NETWORKS

SECURE NETWORK ASSOCIATION

BENEFITS

INDEPENDENCE OF COMPUTATIONAL CAPABILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE EAVESDROPPER:this solution assures high security performance, being resistant to attacks carried using advanced processing technologies (e.g. quantum computation).

PROTECTION AGAINST ATTACKS FROM INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE NETWORK: thisinvention considers not only the presence of undetectable passive eavesdroppers that remain located outside of the network, but also internal attacks coming from eavesdroppers registered as legitimate users inside the network.

DEVELOPMENT STAGE

TRL 2

The evaluation of the present invention was done using already proved theorems and channel models widely acknowledged in the field of information theory and wireless communications, respectively. In a second stage, computer simulations were compared with the derived theoretical results.

The hardware materialization of this invention is feasible using current state of art applying specific integrated circuit technologies.

TARGET MARKET

This type of technology targets a generation of mobile communications beyond 5G. IT seeks partners among companies that manufacture chip for wireless communications.

COMMERCIAL OFFERING

  • Licensing agreement
  • Testing new applications
  • Joint further developments

INVENTORS

Researchers from:

Instituto deTelecomunicações (IT)

Universidade deAveiro

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Provisional patent application filed inPortugal (PT115616) with priority date 28-06-2019.

TECHNOLOGY ID

PI-1009

#PhysicalLayerSecurity

#PLS

#NonOrthogonalMultipleAccess

#NOMA

#SecureChannelTraining

#CooperativeJamming

#Eavesdropping

Intellectual property status

Patent already applied for
PT115616
Portugal
Priority date: 28-06-2019

Technology Owner

Instituto de Telecomunicações

Research Institute

Additional information (attached documents)

Related keywords

  • Communications
  • Data Communications
  • Communications processors/network management
  • Protocol converters and emulators
  • Other data communication components
  • Other data communications
  • Other Communications Related
  • Mobile communications, pagers and cellular radio

About Instituto de Telecomunicações

Research Institute from Portugal

Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a private, not-for-profit organization, of public interest, a partnership of nine institutions with research and development in the field of Telecommunications

IT mission is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge in the field of telecommunications.

IT is actively involved in fundamental and applied research both at national and international levels. Simultaneously it is committed to foster higher education and training, by hosting and tutoring graduate and postgraduate students. it also plays its role towards public society with public awareness initiatives, knowledge transfer to industry, and by providing consulting services on a non-competing basis.

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