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Successful Innosecure

With about 200 congress attendees and 14 companies with their accompanying trade exhibition the Innosecure 2013 closes successfully and thus continues l to its successful debut in 2012. [mehr]

"Schlüsselregion" in the research laboratory

Network meeting at the "Institut für Sicherungssysteme"

Velbert, Juli 7th, 2011. The "Institut für Sicherungssysteme" at the Talstraße in Velbert, was founded in 2009 as a research institute of the "Bergische Universiät Wuppertal" and deals with basic research around questions of safety engineering. This is important to many companies in the Region Velbert.Heiligenhaus: They are more and more focused on issues like energy harvesting, networking and mechatronical systems.

The network meeting of the  "Schlüsselregion" gave information about the work of the instiute to its members of this association.

The director of the institute, Prof. Dr. Kai-Dietrich Wolf, explained the fields of research to the 70 visitiors and the possibilities for cooperation between the University and industry to convert research results into innovation and he presented the laboratory.

The institute, for example, analyzes battery-powered electronical locking systems. "What, if one day those systems could work without batteries?", asked Wolf. The institute wants to find out if the aquired energy can be generated by the use of the door-handle. This could make batteries superfluous, save costs and, of course, would be good for the environment.

Part two of the meeting dealt with the question of companys protection against industrial espionage. Wilfried Karden, expert on issues of espionage from the interior ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) appealed insistently to the participants not to underestimate industrial espionage.

"Polls show, that more than a third of the companies in NRW were already being effected by suspicious, yet unsolved cases", says Karden. Losing secret data in sensitive business areas can easily lead to threatening the existence.

Small business sector is mostly affected. "The methods vary very much", explains Karden. Unprotected IT-systems are a classical cause of risk. They can be hacked via internet of manipulation on attacked on hardware. But also areas that seem to be harmless, like a printer on the corridor, can be a security lack, if the hard disc can be read out.

"Security to 100% against those attacks is almost impossible", says Karden. "It is important to identify sensitive knowledge and protect it as good as possible with a mixture of technical equipment, organisatorical means and watchful handling", was his advice.


What makes security systems safe?

Wuppertal / Velbert 27.10.2010- Keyless access to buildings or vehicles is technically possible already. But how secure are those systems? For the safety of mechatronical locking systems encrypted methods, as established in IT company, are of vital importance.

If transponders and biometrical information like finger prints are more and more used for identification, not only comfort is arising, but also the need for reliable protection of personal data. Especially "digital marks", meaning "profiles of movement", that can easily be generated unnoticed when personal data is analized, will become a challenge.

The bunch of keys shows the trend towards mechatronical systems of authentification. More and more electronical keys, so called transponders, can be seen. Scientists at the "Institut für Sicherungssysteme" are doing research on what makes locks in doors of buildings and cars more safe and comfortable. Those mechatronical security systems are used wherever personalized access is essential.

New solutions granting highest secure access as well as the protection of personal data are beeing developed in close cooperation with the industry and other research institutes. Those cooperational research projects focus on new methods for the evaluation of security systems and the development of new technologies for the locking industry.

Biometrical access control is more and more applied. Instead of a common key a fingerprint or the distinctive picture of the iris in the eye is the means of authentification. The lines of a fingerprint or the iris are said to be distinctive and therefore suitable to identify a person.

Biometrical methods of authentification become more and more relevant in protecting public or private buildings. "Digital marks will be a major issue in the near future, because already today there is a trend in social networks like Facebook or Myspace of broad archiv data backup of user profiles for commercial purposes. Personal data that is beeing used for biometrical authentication is of interests because it makes proiles of movement and activities possible."

"Users will only accept the wide use of biometrical authentification if the protection of personal rights and data can be guaranteed and transparency is assured", explains Kai-Dietrich Wolf, director of the "Institut für Sicherungssysteme" at the beginning of the "Security 2010" in Essen.
"Therefore new technologies of authentification make great demands on the safety of information technology."

It is characteristic for the technological change in the locking industry, that classical mechanical components are more and more combined with electronical modules to construct mechatronical systems. These systems use for example biometrical methods or a transponder to give access.
The question "How safe is this?" is a scientific challenge for researchers. Wherever access needs to be locked a security system that combines state of the art with usability and protects personal data is needed. Technological engineering and evalutation of innovative security systems demand new technical expertise from fields of research and technology like Mechatronics, information- and communication technology, microsystems technology, security technology, basic material technology, optical technology and future locking systems and technologies.http://dict.leo.org/ende/index_de.html#/search=technology&searchLoc=0&resultOrder=basic&multiwordShowSingle=on

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