Smart Wearables

The idea behind this innovation project that focuses on smart wearables is to serve the user while ensuring a high level of data protection.

Smart wearables

Smart wearables are smart, connected clothing or accessories that contain useful electronics for their wearers. Wearables can come as shirts, for instance, that are fitted with an ECG function to monitor the wearer's heart rate. Or earphones which do not emit sound but which track the wearer's vital signs and send this data, for instance, to the user's smart phone and a cloud application.

Access to sensitive user data

These technologies are being increasingly used, especially in private life. Many applications then access highly sensitive user data, such as personal information, like name and age, as well as body activities. But how can it be ensured that users can continue to control their own sensitive data?

This question motivated Bundesdruckerei to come together with Universität der Künste (UdK) in Berlin and other partners at the 2015 IT Summit in order to draw up a secure production chain for these wearables. The exhibits are from a research project that was launched in 2015 and is now being continued, for instance, at the Berlin OpenLab at UdK where designers and users are working in role-playing games, for instance, in user-experience workshops, in order to develop a system or product with maximum user-friendliness.

Bundesdruckerei also offers technologies that protect and manage the data generated while wearing the item. The company's Internet platform is the basis for this. This platform provides networking and connection to the cloud, it enables secure identity management and makes data analysis available to users in realtime. Furthermore, Bdrive users receive a solution that can be used to store, forward and share data in a secure manner.

Bundesdruckerei offers users secure authentication and identification methods, paving the way for new applications and securing personal data. Together with Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), the company is working on technologies that enable users to be clearly authenticated by smart wearables. Recording a user's behaviour creates an individual activity profile that can be used to authenticate the user without the need for a password or token (behaviour-based authentication).