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PCAS - Personalised Centralised Authentication System

PCAS - Personalised Centralised Authentication System


PCAS aims at providing an innovative, trustworthy, handheld device. The Secured Personal Device (SPD) will allow users to securely store their data, to share it with trusted applications, and to easily and securely authenticate him. The SPD will recognize its user using multiple biometric sensors, including a stress level sensor to detect coercion. Using the same biometric authentication, the SPD will be able to enforce secure communication with servers in the cloud, relieving the user from memorizing passwords.

The SPD will take the form of a smartphone add-on that draws power from the smartphone and uses its communication services. The security and authentication mechanisms will use software components running on the SPD, on the smartphone, and in the cloud. These software components will enable the use of biometric sensors to perform authentication locally and  to the cloud, authorize access to the stored data on the SPD and securely transfer data from/to remote devices, e.g. USB connected computers and remote web services. The project will develop a full environment composed of programming APIs (needed to develop trusted applications) and modules that allow the easy integration of PCAS with existing web services. The benefits of the project will be demonstrated with two use cases: electronic health and university campus access control.


  • Development of a novel smartphone accessory (The SPD)
  • New mobile biometric authentication algorithms and scenarios
  • Development of a new and efficient security architecture for mobile devices and cloud services
  • Secure biometric authentication in mobile scenarios
  • Increased security of personal and sensitive mobile data
  • Targeted at emerging markets:
  • collection and storage of private and sensitive information with smartphones
  • personal health record Management


Project period

From October 2013 to September 2016


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 610713.

Programme: FP7-ICT-2013-10 Objective 1.5. 




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