A Novel and Low Processing Time ECG Security Method Suitable for Sensor Node Platforms

Jusak Jusak, Seedahmed Sharif Mahmoud

Abstract


An anonymisation of electrocardiogram (ECG) signal is essential during the distribution and storage in a public repository. In this paper, we propose a novel low processing time ECG anonymisation method based on the fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm that is suitable for sensor node platforms. The proposed framework was developed to address two major constraints in the Internet of Medical Thing environment, i.e., immediate need for securing ECG signal and efficient method for overcoming physical limitation of sensor nodes. Performance evaluation by way of computer simulation over normal and abnormal ECG signals showed that the proposed framework was able to conceal fiducial and non-fiducial features of the ECG signals. Additionally, it showed that the proposed framework offered flexibility in determining the secret key length of the anonymised ECG signal. Strong cross-correlation indicated close similarity between the original and the reconstructed ECG signals implying lossless reconstruction of the original ECG signal. Furthermore, the proposed method achieved a lower processing time security algorithm as compared with the recently proposed wavelet based anonymisation methods.

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International Journal of Communication Networks and Information Security (IJCNIS)          ISSN: 2076-0930 (Print)           ISSN: 2073-607X (Online)