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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds We are entering the era of the internet of things. In the past decades, we’ve had only a few devices connected to the internet, such as our computers and more recently our phones. Now, your watch tracks your fitness activity and uploads the data on your social media. You might be able to remotely control your home thermostat to start the heating just before you arrive home. And perhaps your fridge is even able to detect when you need to order milk. It is hard to predict an exact number, but there are some estimates putting up to 50 billion connected devices by 2020.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds In a few years, the question will no longer be whether your house is connected or not, but how much it is. This hyper-connectivity enables new services to come up. For instance, you can now order products online, that get delivered in a specific locker easily available. You can come with a barcode, scan the barcode, and collect your purchase. No need to queue up at the post office or to wait at home. It is very flexible. It is very likely that this type of technology will keep progressing and will eventually integrate our home to facilitate people coming and leaving.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 seconds For instance, perhaps you would like to give a key to someone who comes and walks your dog, but you would not want them to be able to use that key whenever they want. Or perhaps you would like to be notified when your children are back home after school. If you rent out your flat for a short period of time, you might want to create a special key for that and to block the access to some rooms in the flat. This technology is now becoming mature. For example, look at this padlock, available for less than 70 pounds. I can easily configure it so that as soon as my personal phone is nearby, it opens.

Skip to 2 minutes and 18 seconds But moreover, I can send the key to another person through the internet so that they can open the lock with their own phone. It is great to protect my bike and to share my bike with my friends.

Skip to 2 minutes and 34 seconds This week, we will look at how technology can bring exciting new ways of interacting with common devices or objects in your home and how an attacker can take advantage of this technology, in ways that just didn’t exist a few years ago. We will look into biometric devices, for instance, when you use your fingerprint to unlock your phone and their impact on the trade-off between security and usability. Finally, we will look into the research currently undertaken at Newcastle University within the Access Control Live Lab, where we strive to understand these new type of systems and to provide the next generation of security mechanisms for your connected objects.

Devices in the future home

Our lives are changing as more and more of the devices around our homes and lives connect and interact. In this video Dr Charles Morisset presents some examples.

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