Experimenting with smart contracts for access control and delegation in IoT

TitleExperimenting with smart contracts for access control and delegation in IoT
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsTapas, N., F. Longo, G. Merlino, and A. Puliafito
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
Pagination324 - 338
KeywordsAccess control, authorization, Blockchain, Cloud, Delegation, Ethereum, IoT, smart cities, Smart contracts

In a Smart City scenario, the authors envisioned an IoT-Cloud framework for the management of boards and resources scattered over a geographic area. It can also become a tool to let device owners contribute freely to the infrastructure. In this paper, we present an authorization and delegation model for the IoT-Cloud based on blockchain technology. We focus on smart cityâ€TMs design and simulation of smart contracts to address the specific characteristics of smart environments and analyze access control and delegation mechanism in IoT. In particular, the scheme is implemented for the Ethereum platform in the form of smart contracts. We present the theoretical analysis of the proposed solution. We perform experiments on local testnet Ganache and public testnet Rinkeby to evaluate the performance of the presented models. Finally, we discuss the results and limitations of the system and possible solutions to issues.