ue 14(3): e5

Research Article

PRICAPS: A System for Privacy-Preserving Calibration in Participatory Sensing Networks

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/ue.1.3.e5,
        author={Kevin Wiesner and Florian Dorfmeister and Claudia Linnhoff-Popien},
        title={PRICAPS: A System for Privacy-Preserving Calibration in Participatory Sensing Networks},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Ubiquitous Environments},
        keywords={participatory sensing, mobile sensing, on-the-fly calibration, user privacy.},
  • Kevin Wiesner
    Florian Dorfmeister
    Claudia Linnhoff-Popien
    Year: 2014
    PRICAPS: A System for Privacy-Preserving Calibration in Participatory Sensing Networks
    DOI: 10.4108/ue.1.3.e5
Kevin Wiesner1,*, Florian Dorfmeister1, Claudia Linnhoff-Popien1
  • 1: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich), Mobile and Distributed Systems, Oettingenstr. 67, 80538 Munich, Germany
*Contact email: kevin.wiesner@ifi.lmu.de


By leveraging sensors embedded in mobile devices, participatory sensing tries to create cost-effective, largescale sensing systems. As these sensors are heterogeneous and low-cost, regular calibration is needed in order to obtain meaningful data. Due to the large scale, on-the-fly calibration utilizing stationary reference stations is preferred. As calibration can only be performed in proximity of such stations, uncalibrated measurements might be uploaded at any point in time. From the data quality perspective, it is desirable to apply backward calibration for already uploaded values as soon as the device gets calibrated. To protect the user’s privacy, the server should not be able to link all user measurements. In this article, we therefore present a privacypreserving calibration system that enables both forward and backward calibration. The latter is achieved by transferring calibration parameters to already uploaded measurements without revealing the connection between the individual measurements.We demonstrate the feasibility of our approach by means of simulation.