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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2017, Article ID 2095161, 11 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/2095161
Research Article

A Luggage Control System Based on NFC and Homomorphic Cryptography

1Department of Computer Engineering and Systems, University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
2Department of Computer Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Néstor Álvarez-Díaz; se.ude.llu@deravlan

Received 15 September 2016; Revised 17 December 2016; Accepted 12 January 2017; Published 15 February 2017

Academic Editor: Alessandro Bazzi

Copyright © 2017 Néstor Álvarez-Díaz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We propose an innovative luggage tracking and management system that can be used to secure airport terminal services and reduce the waiting time of passengers during check-in. This addresses an urgent need to streamline and optimize passenger flows at airport terminals and lowers the risk of terrorist threats. The system employs Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and homomorphic cryptography (the Paillier cryptosystem) to protect wireless communication and stored data. A security analysis and a performance test show the usability and applicability of the proposed system.