[Focus on] Project SERENE-IoT

By Cyril Bresch (LCIS)

In the domain of highly secure connected system, the SERENE-IoT project (Secured & EneRgy EfficieNt hEalth-care solutions for IoT market) aims at developing high quality smart e-health IoT devices in Europe. The main goal of this project is to promote clinically verified prototypes with a high level of trust. Three prototypes are currently developed within the project:
  • an IoT Module which collects medical device data and securely transfers it to a cloud used by healthcare professionals
  • a multi-resistant nosocomial bacteria detector
  • a domestic accident detector
Serene IoT is labelled within the framework of PENTA, the EUREKA cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on NanoElectronics. Many European partners are working together on this project including the CEA (Grenoble) and the LCIS laboratory (Valence).


Prototypes developed within Serene IoT
Prototypes developed within Serene IoT

Research laboratories represented in this project, like CEA or LCIS, aim at promoting innovative security countermeasures dedicated to the processing unit of healthcare IoT devices developed within Serene-IoT. Their common goal is to develop and validate hardware/software based security mechanisms in order to mitigate hardware based attacks (fault injection, side channel) as well as software exploits (memory corruption attacks). In order to underline the importance of security, the LCIS recently presented at the FIC 2019 a demonstration of a software exploit on a connected medical device. The goal of this demonstration was to showcase that a critical connected device suffering from software vulnerability can be remotely controlled by a malicious attacker.


Malicious attacker taking control of vulnerable devices
Malicious attacker taking control of vulnerable devices

In order to protect these devices against potential attackers, the LCIS has developed a technology which relies on both secure toolchains at the software level and improved processing unit at the hardware level. The developed secure technology is currently under tests and capable of detecting a very large scale of attacks targeting embedded system.


Integration of medical devices prototypes within the healthcare data structure
Integration of medical devices prototypes within the healthcare data structure

At the end of the project, the developed clinical prototypes with their technologies will be validated in real clinical cloud infrastructure. The goal is to demonstrate the benefits of the project such as the safety and security, the energy efficiency, the improvement of the patient quality of life and the improvement of medical services. Finally, the Original Electronics Medical Devices Manufacturers will follow the certification and industrialization phases.

Published on October 31, 2019