Scenario: People interacting with their things or accessing spaces on the basis of a token

This is currently a standard situation where id-cards or other tokens give access to one’s possessions or  to one’s work and private spaces. While such a situation will remain, increasingly objects will be connected to each other in the internet of things, as it is called nowadays. This is already visible in the increased connectivity of our smart phones. And when we access, for instance, our smart home, we don’t only get entry to the house, but also to a range of services and transactions. Hence the distinction between objects and organisations becomes somewhat blurred.

What is expected or explored for the future

  • In this new world of connected things, identity management has been identified as a key issue, concerning security and the need to keep the user in control. Privacy and data protection issues are exacerbated when all is connected. The EU launched a public consultation in 2012 to find out how its citizens would like to see the IoT to be governed.
  • The scenarios about future access to things or the Iot, are often unclear about how one accesses the network(s). Yet, when authentication is a visible element of the scenario, biometrics are standardly envisioned as the system of choice for identity management. However, one can imagine that smart and personalised tokens, like watchesjewellery and clothes would be appropriate authenticators for using the IoT (see also the interactions between individuals and organisations). Yet, this is also not well covered in the scenarios.

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