Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral Security

Wireless Trust for Mobile Business (WiTness)

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Start: 16-10-2002
Completion: 27-04-2004
Type: EU Research Project


WiTness' vision is a secure mobile wireless application computing world where business processes are not hindered by firewalls. WiTness will achieve the highest possible level of mobile security, a prerequisite for mobile enterprise applications that have particularly high security requirements. WiTness will integrate visions of mobile and ubiquitous computing with current state of the art technology provided and advanced by leading industry players in the field.

WiTness aims at enabling secure mobile applications of third-party application providers in 3G wireless networks by providing technology for application level security.

WiTness focuses on technology that allows application providers to set up their own security solutions for mobile applications. This will be achieved by defining security platforms and security services in mobile devices and smart cards.

WiTness aims at interfacing mobile applications with existing security infrastructures and security components: suitable infrastructures and security modules such as smart cards are available in GSM/UMTS. WiTness will provide the flexibility needed for using them: the main technical challenges are integration on one hand, and providing flexible, application-level security services on the other.

The project starts with a requirements analysis for determining the security needs for mobile business applications. Subsequently a secure mobile business architecture will be defined.

The technical core work of the project focuses on three components:

  • Technology for re-using the GSM/UMTS security infrastructure in the form of applications in (U)SIMs: these will allow the provision of security services to mobile applications over suitable protocols
  • Provision of platforms and interfaces in mobile devices that interface security services with applications
  • Interfaces and Gateways based on open standards that allow secure mobile access to application servers

The secure use of mobile applications based on WiTness technology will be validated in a pilot application. The achieved results will be disseminated to consortia and standards bodies to ensure wide acceptance and usage of the technological basis established by WiTness.