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Secure data and voice over wireless networks in disaster and emergency response
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT. (CCSlab)
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Communication is often limited in a disaster area and other emergency situations where no infrastructure exists or existing infrastructure has been destroyed. This makes its difficult for relief workers in the field to communicate with one another and with their home head office. Ericsson Response has developed a Wireless LAN in Disaster and Emergency Response (WIDER) solution. WIDER is based on broadband Wireless LAN internetworking to satellite and GSMnetworks. The WIDER solution has identified ways for organizations to share their communication infrastructure, and information in a secure and cost effective manner during an emergency response operation. Data over WIDER needs to be secured to prevent from unauthorized access to sensitive information of relief organizations. VoIP calls should be protected against eavesdropping. The thesis investigated how to enhance security solution in WIDER and implement a secure VoIP client. Measurements of the performance of WIDER and the total delay of VoIP over satellite were used to estimate the capability of WIDER before deployment in the field.

Abstract [sv]

Kommunikation är ofta begränsad i katastrofområden och andra nödsituationer där infrastruktur saknas eller har blivit förstörd. Det gör det svårt för fältarbetande personal att kommunicera, både med varandra och centraliserade kontor. Ericsson Response har utvecklat en lösning kallad "Wireless LAN in Disaster and Emergency Response" (WIDER). WIDER använder trådlöst LAN och är en bredbandsbaserad internetteknik mot satelit- och GSM-nätverk. WIDER har identifierat lösningar för organisationer att dela deras infrastruktur för kommunikation och information på ett säkert och kostnatseffektivt sätt vid nödsituationer. Informationen som skickas via WIDER behöver bli skyddad för att förhindra oaktorisierad tillgång till känslig information. VoIP förhindrar obehöriga att avlyssna trafiken. Examensarbetet har undersökt den utökade säkerhetslösningen för WIDER och har implementerat en säker VoIP-klient. Mätningar av prestanda hos WIDER och den fördröjning som sker med VoIP över satelitlänk användes för att estimera WIDERs kapacitet innan systemet används i fält.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. , 89 p.
Trita-IMIT-LCN. AVH, ISSN 1651-4106 ; IMIT/LCN 2005-12
Keyword [en]
Disaster Response, WIDER, SIP, SRTP, MIKEY, VoWLAN, Satellite
National Category
Communication Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-92289OAI: diva2:513159
Subject / course
Telecommunication Systems
Educational program
Master of Science - Internetworking
2005-06-06, Seminar room Grimeton, Isafjordsgatan 30B, Kista, 11:00 (English)
Available from: 2012-04-02 Created: 2012-03-30 Last updated: 2013-09-09Bibliographically approved

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