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Development of a wireless home anti theft asset management system Project Proposal P.D. Ehlers 21017914 Study leader: Mr. D.V. Bhatt
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Bhatt (Study leader) Approved: Date Prof.J. D. Electronic and Computer Engineering University of Pretoria April 2006 Study leader: Mr.Development of a wireless home anti theft asset management system Project Proposal P. J. Ehlers 21017914 Submitted as partial fulfilment of the requirements of Project EPR402 in the Department of Electrical. D. Bhatt Approved: Mr.V.D.V. Hanekom (Project lecturer) Date .

1. 1 . To accommodate this limitation certain modifications should be made to antennas of these components. The project addresses this problem and will assist the user in managing his/her domestic assets in a home environment. PROBLEM STATEMENT With the ongoing and rapidly increasing acts of crime and theft in our society. The user will be in possession of a unique authentication code which will only entitle him/her to enable/disable the WMM. Server side software must be developed which will include cryptographic algorithms to secure transmissions between client and server using the IEEE 802. when powered.11 protocol as well as between the server and the WMM using the IEEE 802.15. Limitations of this project are available hardware. and finally a radio frequency identification tag and reader. In order to eliminate these malicious acts of theft. wireless server that will act as an interface between the user and the WMM.4 transceiver and to a smart card reader. This task includes the physical realization of the circuitry as well as the development of the control firmware to be loaded on the microprocessor. The material of which the electronic device is manufactured of also plays a role when considering the RF range of the Zigbee transceiver as well as the RF contactless smart card reader. The envisioned system will consist mainly of the following three elements.15. Cryptographic firmware must also be developed and loaded on the microprocessor to ensure secure data transmissions to and from the WMM. the smallest components available will be used. an ever growing need arise to secure ourselves and our possessions. one has to eliminate the market. Thus. firstly. The design requires a contact smart card but due to size and adaptability requirements a contactless smart card must be used.4 protocol. The engineering challenge faced in this project is the development of hardware and software needed to construct a wireless anti-theft asset management system. Challenges include the interfacing of a microprocessor to Zigbee 802. the material of the enclosure of the electronic device to be equipped with the WMM and the RF range of a Zigbee transceiver. The size of the WMM is extremely important and therefore. A device equipped with the WMM will. This system will easily be integrated in any electronic device in a home environment. The transceiver required must incorporate encryption but the available transceivers do not support encryption. The main reason fueling these acts of theft is the unlimited demand for stolen goods on the black market. be non-functional until the user disables the WMM remotely over a computer network or manually with a authentication tag. the size of the WMM. a wireless management module (WMM) that will be integrated in an electronic device. to compensate from this shortcoming. encryption firmware must be developed and loaded onto a powerful microprocessor which will be interfaced to the transceiver instead. Secondly.

which render the device non-functional when enabled and functional when disabled. it is critical that the WMM should be robust and durable. durability and operation. the WMM should adapt the enabled state. • The wireless server and planted WMM should be able to work within a large home environment. The WMM should by default be enabled. • A power converter must be included in the WMM to convert the operating power of the electronic device to the operating power required by the WMM. • Integration of the WMM into a domestic device should limit tampering possibilities. shape. 2. 1 Radio frequency 2 . durability. shape and working of the electronic domestic device should not be impaired by the WMM.2. USER REQUIREMENT STATEMENT A durable WMM integrated into an electronic domestic device.1 SYSTEM MISSION REQUIREMENTS The following list provides the mission requirements of the design. is required. When the WMM comes into contact with an RF1 authentication tag it should toggle between enable and disable. • The WMM to be integrated in an electronic domestic device should in no way impair the device size. The user should at any time be able to check or change the status of the device given the device is powered. • To maintain the durability of the domestic device. life-cycle. The WMM should have wireless capabilities to connect to a wireless server through which the user can remotely change the state of the WMM. disabling the electronic domestic device. • The communication ability of the WMM should not be impaired by the noise generated by the domestic device. size. The domestic device should remain non-functional until the user disables the WMM with a unique authentication code. • The WMM should be enabled by default and should only change status when a user with a unique authentication code commands it. • After a power failure. The life-cycle. A flag should be toggled inside the WMM to store the current state on any specific time. either sent through the wireless network or with a unique authentication tag.

FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS The system works in two directions. Functional block diagram for user to electronic device communication.2) located on the server unit (FU3) through the private wireless channel (FU2) with his/her wireless device (FU1). User input received from the user interface unit will be processed by the server processing unit (FU3. • reliability. • cost. the working direction will be from the end user to the electronic device (figure 1a). The user will access a web based user interface (FU3.2. status command and 3 . from the electronic device to the end user and from the end user to the electronic device. • size and shape. 3. User input comprises of a device identification code. as shown in the functional diagrams(Figure 1a and Figure 1b). When the user desires to query or change the status of a domestic device.3).2 VALUE SYSTEM The following aspects constitute the value system used in the design: • functionality. Figure 1a.

1) and sends the received data to their processing units.4).unique authentication code. the received data is further processed. the WMM processing unit sends a device identification code and a current status back to the server unit over the wireless channel.1).1) to all the wireless management modules (FU4) in the domestic domain.2).3) rendering the device functional or non-functional depending on the received command. the system will operate in a reversed direction (figure 1b). the received command is processed and executed. Processed user input will be broadcast over the wireless channel with the wireless unit (FU3. If the system replies on a status check or confirms a status change. After data was received by the server it is sent to it’s processing unit to update the user interface accordingly.3) and an authentication tag reader(FU4. A control signal will be sent to the enable/disable unit (FU4. All the wireless management modules in the domestic devices receive the broadcast with there wireless transceivers (FU4. The WMM processing unit compare it’s device identification code to the received identification code. otherwise discarded. a WMM processing unit (FU4. After confirmation on the authentication code is established. If the codes match. After the WMM received and processed a status check or change command. The code read from the authentication tag will be sent to the WMM processor 4 . The WMM consists of a wireless transceiver (FU4. An alternative to WMM disabling/enabling is the use of a unique authentication tag (FU5). Figure 1b. Functional block diagram for electronic device to user communication. an enable/disable unit (FU4.

from a centralized server which will host the WMM control software. If they match. • Devices equipped with a WMM should not be impaired by the WMM. • The server unit (FU3) should be a personnel computer capable of processing high level cryptographic algorithms.4) in the WMM. • The WMM in the electronic device should be able to cope with the noise generated by a device. SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS The following is a list of the specifications that this system has to comply with. • The WMM should be small enough to fit into the electronic device’s enclosure. The WMM should stay authenticated until the user commands it otherwise or it experience a power failure. The authentication tags will be read by the tag reader (FU4. 4. 4. on the user’s command. The wireless network will be the transmission medium for data sent.2 DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS • The WMM must not have an alternative power source other than the power source of the electronic device.unit where it will be matched to the stored code in the processing unit.1 GLOBAL SPECIFICATIONS • The wireless management module (WMM) should by default disable the device and it should stay in this state until a valid user authenticates it. 2 3 Mega bits per second Megabytes 4 Random access memory 5 . • A smart card and wireless network must be the only two methods of authentication. • The user’s wireless device (FU1) should be able to communicate with the wireless server (FU3) using the and should IEEE 802.11 standard and should operate at 11Mbps2 or 54Mbps. A Pentium III with 256 MB3 RAM4 or higher. 4. the data processor unit will command the enable/disable unit to toggle the device functional or non-functional. A status change confirmation will be sent to the server unit (FU3) after a WMM status change occurred. • The wireless communication network (FU2) must provide a reliable RF link over a diametrical distance of 20 meters.

• The processing unit (FU4.1) must consist of 802. After a secure login.4 zigbee transceiver. 6 . 5. • A smart card programmed to authenticate the WMM. • A fully functional asset management system comprised of a WMM. • An affordable RF tag (FU5) should be uniquely programmed to be the only tag which can enable/disable the WMM.11 and 802. The WMM will contain a printed circuit board with an off-the-shelf wireless zigbee transceiver. microprocessor and a smart card reader etched on it.4 wireless devices capable of communicating with the different standard networks.15. The wireless access devices will be off-the-shelf products.2) must handle all the cryptographic calculations and the data processing required for data transmissions. • A server unit which will comprise of a personal computer and wireless access devices for different standards. • Web based user interface software developed in C# and loaded on the server for easy remote access. • The WMM (FU4) should consist of an 802. • The web based user interface unit must display a encrypted login web page which requires a username and password of a valid user stored in a secured database. DELIVERABLES 5. microprocessor and a smart card reader. • The low level machine code (assembly code) to be loaded on the microprocessor will be developed from first principles.15. a wireless server and a unique authentication tag. • The server unit (FU3) must communicate with the planted module (FU4) using the IEEE 802.4 standard.1 TECHNICAL DELIVERABLES The following need to be delivered on completion of the project. The smart card reader will require an antenna which will be designed and developed from first principles. the user is routed to a secure web page displaying the wireless module command software.• The server wireless unit (FU3.15.

a user manual for the system will also be provided. equipped with the WMM. as well as to check the status of any or all of the devices. • The demonstration will show that when a device. 7 .5. it will by default be non-functional till the user disables the WMM.3 DEMONSTRATION The following will be demonstrated at the exam. This system will consist of a WMM integrated into a electronic domestic device and a wireless server which will handle all communication between user and WMM. • The demonstration will show that the user can enable/disable the WMM with a unique authentication tag when it makes physical contact with the device. is powered. 5. • A working wireless home anti-theft asset management system will be demonstrated.2 ADDITIONAL PROJECT REQUIREMENTS In addition to the final product described above. • It will also show that the device will be non-functional when the WMM is enabled and functional when the WMM is disabled. • It will be demonstrated that the user will be able to enable/disable the WMM through the wireless channel in a specific device or in all the devices simultaneously.

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