• Funded project KogniHome

    KogniHome: a thinking home for life

    achelos contributes expertise in security tokens and key management 

The door greets visitors, the wardrobe mirror prompts you to take your key, the cooker warns you that milk is about to boil over. It resembles scenes from Alice in Wonderland yet these are just some of the features of the thinking home devised by 14 partners from science, industry, social and healthcare sectors at the KogniHome innovation cluster. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) allocated EUR 8 million in funds for the project until 2017 with a total budget of EUR 11.3 million, including contributions from the project partners.

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Connected living – the thinking home

Regional innovation cluster as part of the BMBF funding priority

‘Human-Technology Interaction in Demographic Change’


Project duration


01 August 2014 to 31 December 2017


Project partners


14 partners from science, industry, social and healthcare services in Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL)


Overall project management

Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University


Project contribution by achelos (sub-project management)

Development and implementation of a security token for the identification and authentication process

Key management between devices and components in the home


Project volume

€11.3 million (€8 million of which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF])


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Project website (In German)



A home to support people in their everyday lives – equipped with intelligent, learning technology that can be used simply by means of language and gestures. The technology offers the elderly and people with disabilities an opportunity to live longer within their own four walls.

achelos managed the sub-project ‘Development and implementation of a security token’

At the core of KogniHome’s acceptance lies authenticated and confidential communication between the individual devices and components. Prior to transmitting content, these communication partners must mutually identify and authenticate one another to establish secure channels.

Under achelos' leadership, a sub-project aimed to create a security token facilitating the identification, authentication and key management among devices and components in the home.

With a focus on resource efficiency and hardware integration, the achelos team has comprehensive expertise in implementing KogniHome's security protocols. This includes a fully defined Public-Key Infrastructure (PKI). Furthermore, achelos has integrated and tailored cryptographic methods from the University of Paderborn’s Codes and Cryptography department, alongside other established procedures, and overseen their deployment on suitable hardware platforms.

Functions and dependencies of the KogniLink

A thinking home for life

The uniqueness of the KogniHome project lies in its ability to adapt to users’ evolving needs and capabilities, supporting them throughout their lives. The seamless integration of technologies into familiar living spaces underscores the importance of a unified security standard, ensuring the interoperability of devices from different manufacturers while upholding authenticity and confidentiality. A research flat has been installed within one of the buildings owned by the v. Bodelschwingh Foundations Bethel in Bielefeld.

14 partners from OWL collaborated on the home of the future – achelos contributes security expertise

The Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University led the KogniHome project. Apart from achelos, a further 13 partners were involved in the project, among them household appliance giant Miele, the v. Bodelschwingh Foundations Bethel and Lippstadt-based company Hella.

Any questions? Your contact person for queries in this field is:

Dr. Claudia Priesterjahn

Team Lead Research & Secure Communication Development

claudia.priesterjahn@achelos.de +49 5251 14212-0