Scenera, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA)

Security and access control are offered to sensors, data gathered by sensors, as well as the results of processing that data. In one sense, SceneData related to a Scene is obtained from the sensor-side technology stack, and at least a portion of the SceneData is secured with encryption, such as. Different SceneData are protected with different levels of security. This gives you granular security. A separate privacy management system is employed to protect information. Another benefit is that sensors are secure against threats coming from the external network. The security layer of the device is comprised of an execution environment and an independent layer for network management. This safeguards the environment for execution from threats from the outside network. In one configuration, the sensor device is divided into a trusted region as well as a non-trusted area, and the security layer of the network is integrated within the region that is trusted.

1. Field of the Invention

This disclosure relates generally to protecting sensor devices and information from sensor devices, including cameras for example.

2. Description of Related Art

There are currently thousands of cameras as well as other sensors. Camera images aren’t in a position to be manipulated in meaningful ways by computers. Camera data is not processed in real-time , and the majority of photos captured by cameras are only utilized for forensic reasons after an incident has occurred. This results in a lot of data being wasted on video that is not relevant to the analysis. Human monitoring is usually required to understand video. Machine assistance is not sufficient to comprehend and understand the information contained in videos.

The issue with modern-day information processing is its highly application-specific nature. Software that is designed for specific applications typically comes as an entire stack that starts with sensors that have low-level interfaces and moves through various levels of analysis until reaching the desired results. The development of software that uses sensors networks is difficult and slow. The applications are also not able to utilize the analysis carried out by different applications.

Applications are able to communicate sensor data and provide access to sensors in very limited situations. The sharing of data is generally done with minimal security precautions. Cameras and other sensors that are accessible over networks could create security vulnerabilities. This applies not only to the particular device but also to the larger network. Furthermore, access to sensors and data is distributed in an application-specific way. Access rights as well as other restrictions are customized for each app. This makes sharing more challenging and complicated.

That’s why sensor networks devices and the data they store require more advanced security measures. They also need greater flexibility and ease in creating those security measures.

This disclosure addresses the deficiencies of the prior art by providing access control and security to sensor devices as well as the data collected by them, and the results of analyzing and processing that data.

Another aspect is SceneData that is related to Scenes is requested through a sensor-side technology stack. At a minimum, SceneData is secured with encryption. Different SceneData can be protected separately and with different levels of security, thus providing fine-grained security of the SceneData. Other data, for instance, MetaData or SceneMarks are also protected. The SceneData that is provided by the sensor-side technology stack is usually made up of a range of kinds of sensor data that are captured by the sensor group. It generally requires processing or analysis of the collected sensor data. The SceneData is separated into SceneShots, which represent samples of the Scene. Security can be applied at various levels of analysis and processing. An additional privacy management system is a different way to ensure data security.

In another aspect, sensors themselves are protected against network-wide threats. The execution environment and the layers of management for networks are part of the sensor device. The execution environment allows the sensor device in order to collect sensor data. The layer that manages networks acts as an interface between sensor devices and the external network. It is distinct from the network management layers. The network management layer includes a network security stack which shields the operating environment against threats from external networks. In one configuration the device that is used for sensor detection is divided into a trusted region and the non-trusted area, and the network security stack is installed within the trusted region.

Other aspects include components and devices, systems, and improvements. Methods and processes, applications. Computer-readable media. Other technologies that are connected to one or more of the above.

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