Spatial query integrity with voronoi neighbors

Ling Hu, Wei Shinn Ku, Spiridon Bakiras, Cyrus Shahabi

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With the popularity of location-based services and the abundant usage of smart phones and GPS-enabled devices, the necessity of outsourcing spatial data has grown rapidly over the past few years. Meanwhile, the fast arising trend of cloud storage and cloud computing services has provided a flexible and cost-effective platform for hosting data from businesses and individuals, further enabling many location-based applications. Nevertheless, in this database outsourcing paradigm, the authentication of the query results at the client remains a challenging problem. In this paper, we focus on the Outsourced Spatial Database (OSDB) model and propose an efficient scheme, called (VN-), which allows a client to verify the correctness and completeness of the result set. Our approach is based on neighborhood information derived from the Voronoi diagram of the underlying spatial data set and can handle fundamental spatial query types, such as (k) nearest neighbor and range queries, as well as more advanced query types like reverse (k) nearest neighbor, aggregate nearest neighbor, and spatial skyline. We evaluated VN-Auth based on real-world data sets using mobile devices (Google Droid smart phones with Android OS) as query clients. Compared to the current state-of-the-art approaches (i.e., methods based on Merkle Hash Trees), our experiments show that VN-Auth produces significantly smaller verification objects and is more computationally efficient, especially for queries with low selectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6109262
Pages (from-to)863-876
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2013


  • Spatial database outsourcing
  • location-based services
  • query authentication
  • spatial queries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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