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Zero Reconciliation Secret Key Generation for Body-Worn Health Monitoring Devices

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Executive Summary

Wearable wireless sensor devices are key components in the emerging technology of personalized healthcare monitoring. Medical data collected by these devices must be secured, especially on the wireless link to the gateway equipment. However, it is difficult to manage the required cryptographic keys, as users may lack the awareness or requisite skills for this task. Alternatively, recent work has shown that two communicating devices can generate secret keys derived directly from symmetrical properties of the wireless channel between them. This channel is also strongly dependent on positioning and movement and cannot be inferred in detail by an eavesdropper.

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