Implementing a lightweight schmidt-samoa cryptosystem (SSC) for sensory communications

Qasem Abu Al-Haija, Ibrahim Marouf, Mohammad M. Asad, Kamal Al Nasr

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One of the remarkable issues that face wireless sensor networks (WSNs) nowadays is security. WSNs should provide a way to transfer data securely particularly when employed for mission-critical purposes. In this paper, we propose an enhanced architecture and implementation for 128-bit Schmidt-Samoa cryptosystem (SSC) to secure the data communication for wireless sensor networks (WSN) against external attacks. The proposed SSC cryptosystem has been efficiently implemented and verified using FPGA modules by exploiting the maximum allowable parallelism of the SSC internal operations. To verify the proposed SSC implementation, we have synthesized our VHDL coding using Quartus II CAD tool targeting the Altera Cyclone IV FPGA EP4CGX22CF19C7 device. Hence, the synthesizer results reveal that the proposed cryptographic FPGA processor recorded an attractive result in terms of critical path delay, hardware utilization, maximum operational frequency FPGA thermal power dissipation for low-power applications such as the wireless sensor networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer arithmetic
  • Cryptography
  • Schmidt-Samoa cryptosystem
  • Wireless sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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