International Workshop on Security, Privacy and Reliability of Smart Buildings

co-located with GI Sicherheit 2016, Bonn, Germany

April 7th, 2016


Smart buildings are automated buildings that deliver essential services to the modern society. These buildings reduce the energy consumption of homes, increase the safety of inhabitants, increase the comfort for employees by operating elevators, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning, and perform essential services within large infrastructure buildings, e.g. smart video surveillance on airport terminals. Today's smart buildings are equipped with a steadily increasing number of features while providing rather limited security features. Hurdles to increase the security of smart buildings are rooted in several reasons. For instance, new buildings are usually required to be compatible to older components integrated decades ago, which do not provide any security features. The patchability of controller software is another unsolved problem, and the integration of state-of-the-art security features into these old operating environments is difficult due to limited computing power and memory of legacy systems.

The International Workshop on Security, Privacy and Reliability of Smart Buildings (SmartBuildingSec'16) will be initially held under the umbrella of the GI SICHERHEIT 2016. The workshop is a result of earlier, successful conference sessions and research projects. The event targets all types of automated buildings, being it commercial, public, or residential buildings, their network infrastructure and all operating environments. Research papers can address organizational aspects of smart building security, hardware-level security, network-level security and usability but can also discuss other aspects related to the topic.

Topics of interest

  • Monitoring, situational awareness and visualization for smart buildings
  • Forensics for smart buildings
  • Side channels, covert channels and other forms of information hiding in smart buildings
  • Privacy and surveillance in smart buildings
  • Network security for building automation protocols (e.g. BACnet, KNX, EnOcean, ZigBee)
  • Traffic analysis for building automation protocols
  • Active protection measures of smart buildings
  • Future perspectives of smart building security
  • Hardware-level security for smart buildings
  • Usable security for smart buildings
  • Teaching and education for smart building security (e.g. testbed setups and experiences to be shared with the research community)
  • Building-external factors influencing the security of smart buildings
  • Analysis of inhibitors for the security of smart buildings
  • Integration of security features from non-building domains to smart buildings


Organizing Committee

Chair: Steffen Wendzel, Fraunhofer FKIE

Co-Chair: Jörg Keller, FernUniversität Hagen

Program Co-Chair: Jernej Tonejc, Fraunhofer FKIE

Website: Jaspreet Kaur, Fraunhofer FKIE

Program Committee

François-Xavier Aguessy, Thales, France

Bernhard Fechner, University of Hagen, Germany

Christian Herdin, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Saffija Kasem-Madani, University of Bonn, Germany

Wolfgang Kastner, Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Jaspreet Kaur, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany

Jörg Keller, University of Hagen, Germany

Wojciech Mazurczyk, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Nasim Mohammadi, York University, Canada

Delphine Reinhardt, University of Bonn, Germany

Arnold Sykosch, University of Bonn, Germany

Jernej Tonejc, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany

Steffen Wendzel, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany

Matthias Wübbeling, University of Bonn, Germany

Tao Yue, University of Oslo, Norway

Sebastian Zander, Murdoch University, Australia

Submission and Registration

Papers must be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair and must be written in English. Papers should comprise 8-12 pages, including references and appendix. Please use the LNI template to write your paper (Word, LaTeX).

Only novel research papers which are currently not under review at another event or a journal will be accepted to the review process. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. The peer review process is double-blind, i.e. papers must be submitted without indicating the name or affiliation of its authors.

For inclusion into the proceedings, it is mandatory that at least one author participates at the workshop and presents the paper in front of the workshop audience. No-show-up will lead to the exclusion of a paper from the proceedings. The registration to the workshop must be performed via the conference registration service of the GI SICHERHEIT 2016.

Important Dates

Regular paper submission: December 23th, 2015

Notification date: January 22th, 2016

Camera-ready paper version: February 2nd, 2016

Workshop: April 7th, 2016

Special Issue at the Journal of Universal Computer Science

Authors of selected accepted papers will receive an invitation to submit an extended version of their paper to a special issue of the Journal of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS).


Thursday, April 7th, 2016
08:00-16:00 -Registration and Sessions of GI SICHERHEIT 2016-
16:00-16:05 Steffen Wendzel:


16:05-16:30 Keynote: Heinrich Seebauer:

Automated buildings: Just smart or maybe critical too? (abstract)

Session I: Security of Communication Protocols,

Session Chair: Jaspreet Kaur

16:30-17:00 Harald Glanzer, Lukas Krammer and Wolfgang Kastner:

Increasing security and availability in KNX networks (full text)

17:00-17:30 Christian Müller, Frederik Armknecht, Zinaida Benenson and Philipp Morgner:

On the Security of the ZigBee Light Link Touchlink Commissioning Procedure (full text)

17:30-17:45 Coffee Break
Session II: Security Requirements and Anomaly Detection,

Session Chair: Bernhard Fechner

17:45-18:15 Friedrich Praus, Wolfgang Kastner and Peter Palensky:

Software Security Requirements in Building Automation (full text)

18:15-18:45 Jernej Tonejc, Jaspreet Kaur and Alexandra Kobekova:

Detecting anomalies in BACnet network data (full text)

18:45 Steffen Wendzel:



Dr. Steffen Wendzel

Fraunhofer FKIE

Dep. Cyber Security