Trusted network-based RFID infrastructure (for CWRA's site attendance module system)


Grant Data
Project Title
Trusted network-based RFID infrastructure (for CWRA's site attendance module system)
Principal Investigator
Professor Tan, Chung Jen   (Project coordinator)
Co-Investigator(s)
Dr Tong Frank   (Co-Investigator)
Mr Tang Wilson Wai Shing   (Co-Investigator)
Dr Xu Jun   (Co-Investigator)
Duration
15
Start Date
2012-04-16
Completion Date
2013-07-15
Amount
4401939
Conference Title
Presentation Title
Keywords
RFID infrastructure
Discipline
Others - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Panel
Engineering
HKU Project Code
ITP/003/12LP-S
Grant Type
Platform Research Projects - General Award
Funding Year
2011/2012
Status
On-going
Objectives
Construction Workers Registration Ordinance enacted in 2004 mandated construction workers to register and contractors to provide repsective workers’ information to Construction Workers Registration Authority(CWRA). A Site Attendance Module System(SATM) was implemented in 2007 by CWRA. The SATM has an attendance collection application to run at the construction site to read and transmit worker information in Excel-formatted Daily Attendance Report(DAR) to CWRA for further processing. Ideally, SATM should read and transmit the data on the worker's registration-card and should perfectly fulfill the Ordinance requirement. However in reality the DAR received by CWRA was only 70% accurate. About 40% of DAR was produced either manually or by enterprises’ proprietary systems where data genuiness / integrity has no gaurantee. Even SATM-generated data is prone to errors when transmitted over an insecure communication infrastructure. This project aims to replace the attendance collection application in SATM by a trusted terminal which contains RFID and biometrics input with a secure communication mechanism to ensure the genuineness and integrity of data. Without the enhancement, strict enforcement for the adoption of the existing SATM is inadequate and has no gaurantee of 100% data accuracy. The new solution, namely Trusted SATM (T-SATM) will consist of (i)Trusted RFID Reader Device(T-RD) embedded with biometric features capable of authentication, tamper-proof data recording, secure multi-modal data transmission; (ii)Trusted Platform Infrastructure(TPI) for secure data exchanging. Two pilots will be conducted to demonstrate T-SATM practicality at two different construction environment.