Barkhausen Institut

Smart Home Testbed Platform

Within a Smart Home a multitude of IoT sensors and actors such as presence detectors, door opening sensors, lighting and thermostats interact jointly and wireless using diverse wireless protocols. An intelligent control allows automation to several processes within the household. As an example to save energy, dishwasher and washing machine can be programmed such that they only run if enough electricity is produced by an on-site solar panel. However, with such vast automation, great concern for security vulnerabilities can arise, where mitigations need to be researched and tested.

At the Barkhausen Institute we developed a demonstrator that shows basic possibilities of home automation. In particular, we dedicated a hallway to house different commercial devices such as presence detectors, colored lights, audio devices and RFID readers. These items are integrated into several processes, such that only authorized users can receive sweets from a sweets dispenser. Despite this illustrative aspect of the setup, the installation will serve as a context for further demos in the area of IoT and can enable demonstrations and research on security and privacy concepts.


Before we setup the system in reality, we had prepared a 3D rendering of the envisioned setup. This way, we could already imagine its appearance and envision possible use cases and demonstrations. 


Within the current setup, a multitude of devices and mobile standards are interconnected, as is shown in this block diagram.