Enhancing SVATS with Interactivity, Security and Reliability

Open Access
Bala, Jyoti
Graduate Program:
Computer Science and Engineering
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
July 13, 2009
Committee Members:
  • Guohong Cao, Thesis Advisor
  • Security
  • SMS
  • Reliability
With reduced cost and increased reliability of the wireless motes, wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are finding applications in a lot of varied fields such as industrial process monitoring and control, machine health monitoring, environment and habitat monitoring, healthcare applications, home automation, and traffic control. One such system for detecting and tracking stolen vehicles is the “Secure Vehicle Antitheft System (SVATS)”. It overcomes the shortcomings of traditional anti-theft systems and aims at making theft detection more reliable and giving better response times. This research work extends the work done on SVATS. It builds a security framework for SVATS, analyses the various security threats that a SVATS kind of system might be faced with. Further, it builds a framework for integrating the SVATS sensor network with the GSM network for promptly alerting the owner or the police station of the theft via a text message. Finally, this work analyzes the feasibility and commercial viability of the system by running experiments in various topologies and observing the response times of the system. These experiments were run for extended periods of time and hence the results also go on to prove the stability of the system in an actual implementation.