In two-way radio systems, talk groups are used to organize communication. Some situations may call for creating a temporary talk group, but there are no straightforward ways to do this. Making a new talk group requires programming radios off-line. Temporary groups can be created, but this requires inputting radio IDs which is tedious on a radio's limited controls. By describing group members using attributes, ciphertext-policy attribute-based encryption (CP-ABE) can be used to quickly create sub-groups of a talk group. This scheme requires fewer button presses and messages sent in the new talk group are kept secret. CP-ABE can be used on deployed hardware, but performance varies with the type of embedded processor and the number of attributes used. Because radio communication is time-critical, care must be taken not to introduce too much audio delay. By using benchmark programs on a variety of single-board computers, we explore the limits of using CP-ABE on a two-way radio.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Gough, Michael Andreas, "Applying Attribute-Based Encryption in Two-Way Radio Talk Groups: A Feasibility Study" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 6836.
encryption, two-way radio communication, attribute-based encryption, embedded hardware, talk groups