Privacy Preserving Physical Layer Authentication Scheme for LBS based Wireless Networks

Keywords: Authentication, Channel state information, Location based service, Physical layer security, Privacy, Wi-Fi networks


With the fast development in services related to localisation, location-based service (LBS) gains more importance amongst all the mobile wireless services. To avail the service in the LBS system, information about the location and identity of the user has to be provided to the service provider. The service provider authenticates the user based on their identity and location before providing services. In general, sharing location information and preserving the user’s privacy is a highly challenging task in conventional authentication techniques. To resolve these challenges in authenticating the users, retaining users’ privacy, a new SVD (singular value decomposition) based Privacy Preserved Location Authentication Scheme (SPPLAS) has been proposed. In this proposed method, physical layer signatures such as channel state information (CSI) and carrier frequency offset (CFO) are used for generating secret key required for encrypting the user’s location and identity information, and thus encrypted user’s information is sent to service provider for authentication. Secret key is generated by applying SVD on CSI vector. The proposed scheme aids in authenticating the user through location information while protecting the user’s privacy. The performance of the proposed method is evaluated in terms of bit mismatch, leakage and bit error rate performance of receiver and adversary. The simulation results show that the proposed scheme achieves better robustness and security than the existing location-based authentication techniques.

How to Cite
Lavanya, D., Ramaprabha, R., & Gunaseelan, K. (2021). Privacy Preserving Physical Layer Authentication Scheme for LBS based Wireless Networks. Defence Science Journal, 71(2), 241-247.
Electronics & Communication Systems