Germany Will Take Over Private Wi-Fi in Case of EmergencyAdded: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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A team of wireless researchers from Germany has recently worked out a way to enhance the communications abilities of different emergency services by the means of taking over private Wi-Fi connections within the area.
This suggestion was worked out by a team of researchers led by PhD student Kamill Panitzek from Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany. The proposal requires the creation of a so-called “emergency switch” which would allow the government staff to turn off the security mechanisms in the Wi-Fi routers from private homes.
In other words, the first responders will be able to use all the routers within range to increase the capabilities of the mesh networks which let them communicate with each other. The suggestion was laid out in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation, and is currently getting some attention, predominantly thanks to a press release titled “Your Wi-Fi Router Could Save Lives in an Emergency”.
The document acknowledges both privacy and security concerns, while not suggesting ways to avoid them. The press release just claims that this emergency network should be isolated from the people’s home network in order to protect privacy of the citizens.
Kamill Panitzek explained that this could be easily accomplished, because it’s already possible to install a home network along with a guest network in order to grant online access to visitors. The network of this type could be set up by sending firmware updates to routers instead of requiring new hardware.
Such Wi-Fi mesh network would find itself on top of the privately owned routers like “backbone in case of a disaster”. The emergency network could also make use of mobile phone networks.
Another insecurity expert Bruce Schneier told in the interview that the suggestion was quite similar to the so-called online kill switch that would let the authorities close down the Internet in the event of a major cyber attack. According to Schneier, once such a system is built, the security should also be built in order to make sure only the right people use it. However, that isn’t very easy and the reality is that it is much more secure not to have those capabilities.
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
|Sure, and Big brother will watch to make sure the system isn't abused......|
|If it is an emergency, they are welcome to use my network to help save peoples lives|
|Unless I am reading this article incorrectly, the whole idea makes no sense whatsoever. Much if not most of Europe has excellent cellphone coverage, so why not piggy-back on those networks if anything at all?|
Do emergency services really need that much bandwidth that they have to quash private, personal and/or individual rights (if there are any at all anymore) and invade private networks without consent?
If so, then why not send firmware updates to reserve a portion of every single private AND non-private (public, corporate, etc) wireless networks for just such emergency usage, while leaving the remainder of said networks (and their respective security measures) intact, untouched and undisrupted?
Wouldn't that be more unobtrusive and less invasive? Why the need to barge into private networks that are just that; private?
Does the general public, then, have the right to barge into any private dwelling, corporate office, governmental office or business and demand and be granted the right to use their network, telephone(s) and/or restrooms in a case of dire or "emergency" need?
Quid-pro-quo, n'est pas?
|posted by (2012-08-29 05:16:08)|
|It is silly. The EIRP limits for Europe is fairly low and would not work well outside of the home.|
Also, "insecurity" should be "security".
|Hmmm interesting, not sure how I feel about this one. Will the government also be chipping in on the bill if they use your network? lol On one hand I'm all for saving lives, but on the other: it just seems unnecessary. I think any first world country has enough recources NOT to need such a system. I call a bit of (big brother) BS on this thing.|
|posted by (2012-08-29 12:11:06)|
|"The network of this type could be set up by sending firmware updates to routers instead of requiring new hardware." I would never install that update.|
|thanks God my BMW is saved|
|I would rather give the keys to the Kingdom to a squatter than turn over and open up my network to the Man!!|
|posted by (2012-08-30 00:15:09)|
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