Secured action authorization for industrial mobile robots

Sarah Haas, Thomas Ulz, Christian Steger

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The increased deployment of mobile robots in industry poses higher risks for safety issues and damage of production material caused by abnormal robot behavior. Abnormal behavior can be caused by issues such as operational errors or security weaknesses. Security weaknesses entail attacks that might cause serious harm for humans and production material. One possibility to mitigate such attacks is action authorization. In this paper, we propose an authorization mechanism for actuator actions on mobile robots to prevent adversaries from executing false commands on a robot. The mechanism uses a ticketing system and relies on sensor data as well as plausibility checks. The tickets are issued to specific actuators to authorize the requested action. The sensor data adds to the understanding of the current context and the plausibility checks are used to check that specific actions are allowed to be performed in a given order. Security is further supported by secure elements that protect confidential data from being revealed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, ICPS 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665312
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2018
Event1st IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems: ICPS 2018 - Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 15 May 201818 May 2018


Conference1st IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
CitySaint Petersburg


  • Authorization
  • Mobile Robot
  • Plausibility Checks
  • Ticketing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Optimization
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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