nIoVe (A Novel Adaptive Cybersecurity Framework for the Internet-of-Vehicles)

NIoVe aims to detect cyber-attacks in realtime while simultaneously preventing them

What is nIoVe?

nIoVe is a European project that has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No 833742. This project is composed of twelve competitive organisations across Europe specialised in different fields such as Industry, Cybersecurity, IoT, Commercialization and software development, to name but a few:

  1. CERTH is a leading Greek European Research in the sector of risk management
  2. UniGe is a top European Switzerland Research centre focused on data analytics and detection techniques, (significant) data handling and visualisation.
  3. RISE is a top European Swedish Research Center with higher expertise in cybersecurity, machine learning, sensors and actuators, communication networks and data analytics to visualisation, interaction design and service development.
  4. TUM is part of a German university at the top level of blockchain verification, cyber-physical system architectures, security of Internet of Things (IoT).
  5. ATHINA is formed by professionals with higher expertise in Industrial Information and Communication Systems, Embedded Systems, Security, Modelling and Automation of Industrial Systems.
  6. NAVYA is a French organisation focus on vehicles manufacturer and provider, fleets of buses.
  7. KENOTOM  is a Greek company focus on ECUs integration.
  8. TPG is a Public Transport Authority located in Switzerland centred on the charge of all aspects of public mobility in Geneva.
  9. ICTL is a legal consulting located in Italy with higher expertise on regulation compliance and certification for CAVs and autonomous vehicles manufacturers and suppliers.
  10. SEEMS is an innovative Greek SME centred on the Internet of Things solutions, employing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.
  11. HOPU is a Spanish SME on the top of Network Protocols, IoT security and Internet of Things solutions.
  12. ARGUS is a well-knowing Cybersecurity Industry of Continental Group focus on vehicle cybersecurity solutions

nIoVe aims to deploy a novel multi-layered interoperable cybersecurity solution for the Internet-of-Vehicles (IoV), with emphasis of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) ecosystem by employing an advanced cybersecurity system enabling all relevant stakeholders and incident response teams to share cyber threat intelligence, synchronise and coordinate their cybersecurity strategies, response and recovery activities. To achieve that, the project includes a set of services that should be provided and improvement.

nIoVe partners
nIoVe partners

Objective & innovation  of nIoVe

To do so, the project develops a set of in-vehicle and V2X data collectors that will feed nIoVe’s machine learning platform and tools for threat analysis and situational awareness across the IoV ecosystem. Advanced visual and data analytics are further enhanced and adapted to boost cyber-threat detection performance under complex attack scenarios, while IoV stakeholders are jointly engaged in incident response activities through trusted mechanisms. The proposed approach is supported by interoperable data exchange between existing and newly proposed cybersecurity tools. nIoVe solution will be demonstrated and validated in 3 pilots: 

  • Hybrid execution environment
  • Simulated environment
  • Real-world conditions.

Overall, nIoVe ambitiously expects to:

  •  Reduce the attack surface of the overall IoV ecosystem
  • Showcase effective and real-time detection of novel advanced threats and cyber-attacks in IoV ecosystems
  • Reduce the response time substantially and reduce the impact of breaches
  • Drastically contribute to the establishment and sustainable operation of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) stimulating information and knowledge sharing across the IoV ecosystem
  • Paves the way for the next generation robust, scalable and resilient IoV infrastructure. nIoVe draws and builds upon the accumulated experience from its consortium consisted of 12 partners from 6 European countries and Israel, will implement the project, which is organised in 8 work packages and will be completed within 36 months.

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EDUHACK

EduHack: Innovation and technology for education

Eduhack is an ERASMUS+KA2 project where educational institutions and companies from all over Europe cooperate

 

EduHack aims to develop innovative curricula through innovative educational methods such as hackathons and workshops for schools, institutes and educational centres and using the potential of ICTs.

EduHack aims to work with the potential of innovation as a co-creation process, incorporating this practice into the co-design of the tools for organising Educational Innovation Hackathons. This will be achieved through the establishment of multi-stakeholder Educational Innovation Hubs in each partner country.

The Hubs aim to bring together expertise from local educational fields, innovation centres, universities, industry, local government, information technology, creative people and companies, to name but a few. Work in these Hubs will include local meetings and workshops, plus two intensive short-term international workshops for mutual learning and exchange. Their function is to gather the contributions needed to design the format of the hackathon. Important crucial issues will also be explored that will be “hacked” during four different hackathons that will take place in different partner countries during the course of the project. The Educational Innovation Hackathons take place in Latvia, Estonia, Turkey and Spain and are organised to test and improve the tools and find solutions to problems in education.

Hackathons aim to reach different profiles – technology and design enthusiasts, students, industry professionals, marketing companies, museum/guide workers, software developers, etc. Each hackathon will include a mentoring board that will consist of education experts and education professionals (i.e. teachers, directors).

 

HUBs

The world is changing; why shouldn’t education? To “hack” education, we need to focus on the relevant issues and work collaboratively to achieve the best impact. EduHack adopts radical collaboration as a paradigm to identify important challenges and frame Hackathons’ scope in a win-win game. Hub members are professionals, practitioners and experts who come from different perspectives with various interests. They participate voluntarily and will jointly manage the project’s operations at national level, defining the scope, programme, requirements and success criteria of the Hackathon.

 

Members of the project

  • AHHAA Science Centre – EduHack Coordinator, Hackathon Toolkit Task Leader: AHHAA is the largest science centre in Estonia, focusing on practical science education, playful learning and interactive exhibitions.
  • Hugin & Munin – EduHack Communication Management:  H&M  is a creative communication agency based in Madrid, Spain, formed by a multidisciplinary team specializing in bold and daring solutions.
  • Dublin City University – Organiser of the outreach event:  DCU, based in Ireland, has been placed among the top 50 young universities in the world. EduHack’s activities are joined by the Department of Education, Innovation and Global Studies of DCU’s STEM School.
  • Tekkeköy MEM – EduHack Monitoring Task Leader: Tekkeköy MEM is a provincial national education coordinator in Turkey, responsible for implementing all educational activities, including formal and informal education in the Tekkeköy region.
  • ZINOO Science Centre – The leader of creating the pilot Hackathon: ZINOO is a science centre in Latvia with a mission to awaken people’s curiosity and encourage them to discover things for themselves.
  • Ergon – Coordinator of EduHack’s educational innovation hub: Ergon is a private provider of vocational education and training in Italy, providing 60 thousand hours of training per year. Ergon specialises in business networking, public-private-citizen partnerships and participatory design and tools.

HOPU on EduHack

HOPU is responsible for launching and managing the project’s online platform. HOPU has a long experience working on international projects focused on creating agile communication channels, serious games and new media contents that make citizen participation evolve using different devices and tools. HOPU has developed different solutions based on the needs of citizens and visitors. The HOPU team includes experts in communication and creativity and specialists in software and hardware development. All other partners are actively involved in the action (giving input and suggestions on visual aspect and functionality).

To ensure the continuation of the efforts made during the project, an online platform is necessary. The idea is not just to build a website, but to provide a more sustainable, user-friendly and interactive tool that offers the possibility of collaboration and has more opportunities than a normal website. The online platform itself is intended to be the main source of information about the project, the guidelines for organising a hacker marathon, all the hacker marathons’ results, and being the tool for collaboration on an international level.

The platform also provides the opportunity to monitor the process of organising hackathons worldwide and create connections between them. This tool not only provides support on how to create educational activities and organise a hackathon, but it will also give access to various products/services (toolkits) that have been created during this project. This means that if during an educational hackathon in Estonia a service or product is developed, all network members can test the product, service, or idea in their country. Cooperation through the platform is based on mutual interest.

 

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EDUHACK

EduHack: La innovación y la tecnología para la educación

Eduhack es un proyecto ERASMUS+KA2 donde cooperan instituciones educativas y empresas de toda Europa

El objetivo de EduHack es elaborar planes de estudio innovadores a través de métodos educativos novedosos  como hackathones y talleres para escuelas, institutos y centros educativos, y usando el potencial de las TICs.

EduHack tiene como objetivo trabajar con el potencial de la innovación como proceso de co-creación, incorporando esta práctica en el co-diseño de las herramientas para organizar los Hackathones de Innovación Educativa. Esto se logrará mediante el establecimiento de Hubs de Innovación Educativa de múltiples partes interesadas en cada país asociado.

Los Hubs tienen como objetivo reunir la experiencia de los campos educativos locales, los centros de innovación, las universidades, la industria, el gobierno local, la tecnología de la información, las personas y empresas creativas, por nombrar sólo algunos… El trabajo en estos centros incluirá reuniones y talleres locales, además de dos intensos talleres internacionales de corto plazo de aprendizaje mutuo e intercambio. La función de estos es reunir las contribuciones necesarias para diseñar el formato del hackathon. También se explorarán importantes temas cruciales que serán «hackeados» durante cuatro hackathones diferentes que tendrán lugar en diferentes países asociados durante el curso del proyecto. Los Hackathones de Innovación Educativa tienen lugar en LetoniaEstoniaTurquía España y se organizan para probar y mejorar las herramientas, así como para encontrar soluciones a los problemas que se plantean en la educación.

Los hackathones tienen como objetivo alcanzar diferentes perfiles – entusiastas de la tecnología y el diseño, estudiantes, profesionales de la industria, empresas de marketing, trabajadores de museos/guías, desarrolladores de software, etc. Cada hackathon incluirá una junta de mentores que estará formada por expertos en educación además de profesionales de la educación (es decir, profesores, directores).

 

HUBS

El mundo está cambiando, ¿por qué no debería hacerlo la educación? Para “hackear” la educación, necesitamos centrarnos en los temas relevantes y trabajar en colaboración para lograr el mejor impacto. EduHack adopta la colaboración radical como paradigma para identificar importantes desafíos y enmarcar el alcance de los Hackathones en un juego en el que todos ganan. Los miembros del Hub son profesionales, practicantes y expertos que provienen de diferentes perspectivas con una amplia variedad de intereses. Participan de forma voluntaria y dirigirán conjuntamente las operaciones del proyecto a nivel nacional, definiendo los alcances, el programa, los requisitos y los criterios de éxito del Hackathon

Miembros del proyecto

  • Centro Científico AHHAA – Coordinador de EduHack, Líder de la tarea de Hackathon Toolkit: AHHAA es el mayor centro de ciencias de Estonia, que se centra en la educación científica práctica, el aprendizaje lúdico y las exposiciones interactivas.

  • Hugin & Munin – Gestión de la comunicación EduHack:  H&M es una agencia de comunicación creativa con sede en Madrid, España, formada por un equipo multidisciplinar especializado en soluciones audaces y atrevidas.

  • Universidad de la ciudad de Dublín – Organizador del evento de difusión:  DCU, con sede en Irlanda, se ha colocado entre las 50 mejores universidades jóvenes del mundo. A las actividades de EduHack se une el departamento de Educación, Innovación y Estudios Globales de la Escuela STEM de la DCU.

  • Tekkeköy MEM – Líder de la tarea de monitoreo de EduHack: Tekkeköy MEM es un coordinador nacional de educación provincial en Turquía, responsable de la ejecución de todas las actividades educativas, incluida la educación formal e informal en la región de Tekkeköy.

  • Centro Científico ZINOO – Líder de la tarea de creación del Hackathon piloto: ZINOO es un centro científico en Letonia con la misión de despertar la curiosidad de las personas y animarlas a descubrir cosas por sí mismas.

  • Ergon – Coordinador del hub de innovación educativa de EduHack: Ergon es un proveedor privado de educación y capacitación profesional en Italia, que realiza 60 mil horas de capacitación por año. Ergon se especializa en la creación de redes de negocios, asociaciones entre el sector público, privado y ciudadanos, y herramientas y diseño participativo.

 

HOPU en EduHack

HOPU es el responsable de lanzar y gestionar la plataforma online del proyecto. HOPU tiene una larga experiencia de trabajo en proyectos internacionales enfocados a crear canales de comunicación ágiles, serious games y contenidos de nuevos medios que hagan evolucionar la participación ciudadana con el uso de diferentes dispositivos y herramientas. HOPU ha desarrollado diferentes soluciones, basadas en las necesidades de los ciudadanos y visitantes. El equipo de HOPU incluye expertos en comunicación y creatividad, así como especialistas en el desarrollo de software y hardware. Todos los demás socios participan activamente en la acción también (dando aportaciones y sugerencias sobre el aspecto visual y la funcionalidad).

A fin de asegurar la continuación de los esfuerzos realizados durante el proyecto es necesaria una plataforma en línea. La idea no es construir sólo un sitio web, sino proporcionar una herramienta más sostenible, fácil de usar e interactiva que ofrezca la posibilidad de colaborar y que tenga más oportunidades que un sitio web normal. La plataforma en línea en sí misma tiene por objeto ser la principal fuente de información sobre el proyecto, las directrices para organizar una maratón de hackers, todos los resultados de las maratones de hackers, así como ser el instrumento de colaboración a nivel internacional.

La plataforma también da la oportunidad de monitorizar el proceso de organización de hackathones en todo el mundo y crear conexiones entre ellos. Esta herramienta no sólo proporciona apoyo sobre cómo crear actividades educativas y organizar un hackathon, también dará acceso a varios productos/servicios (toolkits) que han sido creados durante este proyecto. Esto significa que si durante un hackathon educativo que tuvo lugar en Estonia un servicio o producto se desarrolla todos los miembros de la red pueden probar el producto,servicio o idea en su país también. La cooperación a través de la plataforma se basa en el interés mutuo.

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Smart Region, a regional initiative for Murcia’s Smart Cities

The Smart Region project is the roadmap for the region’s smart territories.

Smart Region project

This initiative of the Region of Murcia will make available to all municipalities in the region (45 in total) the possibility of evolving towards a Smart City with developments and solutions of the last generation. This project seeks to use the new technologies (ICTs) for public administrations & citizens to facilitate the understanding and management of the city, and to evolve towards the objectives of the European Green Pact, which seeks to transform Europe into a global reference against climate change.

The first step of this project is based on a platform at the regional level of Smart City in which 2 million euros will be dedicated between 2020 and 2021. This platform will act as the basis for the Smart Region and will be global, allowing this process to be carried out in all territories regardless of their size. In this way, the management team of the region pretends to create Smart City opportunities equally throughout the region.

Smart Region will create to create Disruptive Technology Demonstration Centers to show projects related to Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Big Data to place the Region at the forefront of the digital transformation.

Javier Celdrán, president of the Regional Ministry of Presidency and Finance, highlights the priority to collect information from our cities. This action will be included within this Smart Region project allowing municipalities to access other new funding such as the Innovation Fund, from the European Green Pact. These funds, aimed at combating climate change, require an initial environmental diagnosis of the territory and compliance with the KPIs proposed through the subsidised initiatives to receive 100% of the requested funds. Therefore, Smart Region also seeks to provide its municipalities with the necessary infrastructure to be able to know the state of the territory, to be able to define some concrete actions to be carried out, based on data and to be able to evaluate the impact of these actions through IoT infrastructures and thanks to the Big Data.

Smart Region: Monitorización de datos de calidad
Smart Region: Monitoring of high-quality data for European Initiatives such as Green Deal, Innovation Fund, ERDF and Next Generation

Smart Region Conference “The Future of Intelligent Territories”

As one of the first actions to raise awareness in the Region of Murcia and to disseminate the possibilities within this project, the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, together with the Integra Foundation, has organised a conference called The Future of the Intelligent Territories. These sessions have been promoted by the Directorate of Economy and Finance and by the ERDF funds. During October, November and December, these sessions discussed topics related to mobility, tourism, intelligent beaches (Smart Beach), intelligent lighting, waste management, social welfare and different success stories of Smart solutions.

Sesiones Smart Region
Sesiones Smart Region: HOPU pitch for the 5 sessions about success stories

 

On December 1st, in the session focused on the success stories of Smart solutions, a more realistic view of solutions already on the market was shown. Francisco Abril, General Director of Local Administration of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, opened this online event by highlighting the role of companies in the Region of Murcia that is dedicated to this sector of the Smart Cities to place Murcia as a technological reference on the map. In the same way, the Director-General urges companies to evangelize citizens and administrations so that they know that not only smart cities are for big cities, but also small municipalities must start their way towards this evolution. 

Francisco Abril has highlighted initiatives such as “5K”, a project where eight municipalities under 5,000 inhabitants (Villanueva, Ricote, Ulea, Ojós, Albudeite, Campos del Río and Aledo) are going to become a testbed for smart solutions to promote other municipalities in the region to take this technological step.

During the case study session, different solutions of all kinds were presented by companies such as Neosistec, HOPU, IURBAN, A4RADAR, NEUROMOBILE MARKETING.

From HOPU, we have highlighted our role as a company focused on the monitoring and visualization of environmental data, to contribute to the sustainable urban design of the territories and our aim to develop solutions designed for easy management and understanding of the data by the different administrations. 

Antonio Jara, CEO of HOPU, highlights the territorial expansion of this SME, which is already working in more than 35 cities throughout Spain such as Cartagena, Madrid, Algeciras and at a European level, with more than 500 sensors deployed. HOPU’s mission is to help municipalities combat climate change. As a company involved in research, HOPU has a strong presence in European initiatives such as the Green Deal or Next Generation (NEXT CARM in the Region of Murcia).

Based on his experience in the Smart Cities market, the CEO of HOPU highlights the importance of metrics that allow municipalities to transform all data coming from sensors, databases and other sources into clear indicators of the environmental situation of the territory. An example of this use case is the indicator service that HOPU has already deployed in cities such as Cartagena, which makes it possible to identify where a city’s pollution comes from and to differentiate the percentage produced by traffic and by industry.

 

Finally, from HOPU, the catalogue of sensor services for air quality (gases and particles in suspension), noise, climate and other aspects related to tourism such as noise and flow of people has been exhibited. As a FIWARE company and from the role of Antonio Jara as a Member of the FIWARE Board of Directors, the use of this available technology has also been promoted, which is accessible and affordable for all municipality.

The event was closed by Joaquín Gómez Gómez, General Director of Strategy and Digital Transformation, who highlighted this last session based on innovative solutions in the region. He underlines that in this Smart Region project, they intend to promote first regional companies when implementing Smart City projects. In the early months of 2021, the platform of the project will be tendering, and they are working on other projects to make the Smart City more dynamic, some of which have already been started, such as La Manga 365 as another global solution for various municipalities (San Javier and Cartagena).  

As a novelty, the Director-General mentions a new line of financing that will come to light during the first four months of 2021, which will allow the different municipalities in the region to acquire technology and integrate it into the Smart Region platform.

 

Access to the pitch of Antonio Jara, CEO at HOPU on 5 session about success stories

 

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Blockchain y cambio climático

Blockchain against climate change

Blockchain also contributes to the European project for an emission-neutral continent by 2050 (EU Green Deal)

European objectives for 2025: The Green Deal

In 2019 the European Commission published the Green Deal, presented by Ursula Von Der Leyen as President. This plan lists 50 concrete actions to combat climate change, a highly relevant objective in the European strategy to achieve a neutral continent by 2050. This pact, known as the “EU Green Deal“, seeks a clean economy with zero emissions and the protection of our natural habitat, thereby contributing to an improvement in public well-being, a business awareness of the environment and making Europe a reference point for action against climate change. 

To achieve this goal, Europe proposes to work on clean energy, sustainable industry, efficient renovation and construction, sustainable mobility, biodiversity, pesticide reduction and an end to pollution. On 27 November 2020, was highlighted the Green Deal for the next five years, and the European Commission presented the six main objectives for this period:

  • Combating climate change to become the first neutral continent
  • An economy that works for people and works to implement social projects and is a boost to prosperity
  • A Europe for the digital age, empowering people and boosting technologies
  • Promoting a European way of life and building an EU of equal opportunities
  • A stronger Europe in the world that is a global leader
  • A boost to democracy, protecting and strengthening it

Blockchain, one of the new players in the fight against climate change

Faced with this situation and these objectives, which involve reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030, the European Commission has estimated that it must invest an additional 230 billion of euros per year and promote public-private partnerships. 

To achieve this objective, Europe must promote innovation and research in the territories, in the business fabric and in industries, which will make it possible to reduce emissions, the risk of natural disasters and the impact of pollution on public health. One of the latest ITU/UN reports details how cutting-edge technologies such as climate monitoring, air quality and water resources, Artificial Intelligence and the Blockchain can contribute to this process of fighting climate change. 

In this report, called “Frontier Technologies to Protect the Environment and Tackle Climate Change“, the ITU sets up a working group focusing on environmental efficiency for Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies (FG-AI4EE) to study technology standardisation needs to contribute to these goals. This report recognises how Blockchain technology has been one of the great forgotten technologies to date in the fight against climate change and how it can play a crucial role in it through optimised use of resources and innovation, to contribute to this improvement process.

Blockchain is often associated with cryptosystems such as bitcoin, but this innovative technology has much more potential than bitcoin. Its origins date back to 1991 when Stuart Haber and W. Scott Stornetta carried out the first process based on cryptographically protected blockchains. Its media popularity, however, began in 2008, when bitcoin was in the social spotlight, and today its use is mainly based on protecting and securely certifying data traffic, fighting against forgery and data protection. 

This technology focuses on the decentralisation of information from any process, such as banking management or data monitoring from IoT devices. The blockchain is a way of structuring the data, grouping them in blocks or sets adding meta-information related to other previous blocks in the process timeline. In each block it is stored:

  • Number of records in the block and related transactions
  • Information concerning this block
  • Link to the previous and next block
  • A fingerprint of the block

Through cryptographic techniques, these blocks are encrypted and form an encrypted chain of information, and it only can be altered by modifying all the blocks. 

The PwC in “Time for Trust: The trillion-dollar reasons to rethink blockchain” predicted that the blockchain has great potential to grow world GDP by 1.76 trillion dollars in 2030.

3 Blockchain projects to combat climate change

HOPU: This Spanish SME, dedicated to the monitoring and display of air quality data through IoT devices, is implementing the use of the blockchain for the certification of data quality and the protection of measurements in the different monitored environments. In particular, HOPU is implementing the blockchain for air quality monitoring in industry, where exists strict restrictions to protect workers’ health and the air quality of the areas surrounding these factories. The funds of this solution are through the Blockchers program, a project to promote the use of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) in European SMEs. HOPU is already running its first pilot in the industry, in the Lisanplast plastics factory, which aims to ensure that the working environment is suitable for employees and to reduce the impact of this company on the ground, under the European Green Deal. HOPU is using the Besu Alastria B, which is regulated and compatible with the European network. Through this network, HOPU verifies compliance with regulations in the workspace, provides a calculation of total emissions and all this in an accessible and intuitive interface to access data in real-time and in historical data. 

PlanetWatch:  This French startup is developing a blockchain system to monitor air quality by taking advantage of the potential of communities. According to this SME, efforts to monitor air quality are not sufficient to date and encourage citizens to participate in this process. This project seeks to encourage people to purchase low-cost air quality sensors, install them in their homes, workplaces or even take them with them and record the data in a blockchain. Through this network, Planet Watch will make the open data available to scientists and governments so that they can combat climate change and will reward users for helping in this process. When a user acquires one of its low-cost devices and activates it to monitor data, it acquires Planet Tokens, utility tokens issued in the Algorand blockchain.  These tokens can be exchanged for Earth Credits, which are translated into euros and allow the purchase of new products and services on Planet Watch.

Smart Playground. Safe Environment for Togliatti: This Russian city of more than 700,000 inhabitants has great industrial relevance and therefore requires a relevant environmental control. Togliatti has set up an environmental monitoring network, installed in playgrounds and children’s games as the new generations are a crucial sector to protect in this process. This project has been carried out by the company Airalab using Libelium sensors. In this project, the chain of blocks has been used with the aim of a safe, verified and unalterable storage of the data collected, seeking to ensure that the authorities and citizens receive objective and transparent information, which shows the environmental state of the territory. On the other hand, this project uses the blockchain for its marketplace, which allows anyone to acquire data without intermediation. All you have to do is send a request for information through the available Smart City platform, and an intelligent contract is automatically generated for the specific sensor to carry out the requested measurement and provide the data with its corresponding quality certificate.

 

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Blockchain y cambio climático

El blockchain contra el cambio climático

Blockchain también contribuye en el proyecto Europeo para un continente neutro en emisiones para 2050 (EU Green Deal)

Objetivos Europeos para 2025: El Pacto Verde

En 2019 se publicaba por la Comisión Europea el Pacto Verde, presentado por Ursula Von Der Leyen como presidenta. Este plan enumera 50 acciones concretas para combatir el cambio climático, un objetivo de gran relevancia en la estrategia europea para conseguir un continente neutro en el año 2050. Este pacto, conocido como “EU Green Deal” busca una economía limpia, con cero emisiones y proteger nuestro hábitat natural, contribuyendo con ello a una mejora en el bienestar público, una conciencia empresarial con el medio ambiente y que Europa se transforme en un referente en la acción contra el cambio climático.

Para conseguir el cumplimiento de este objetivo, Europa propone trabajar en una energía limpia, industria sostenible, renovación y construcción eficiente, movilidad sostenible, biodiversidad, reducción de los pesticidas y el fin de la contaminación. Este 27 de noviembre de 2020 se subrayaba esta iniciativa para los próximos 5 años presentándose ante la comisión europea las 6 prioridades que deben abarcar este periodo:

  • Lucha contra el cambio climático con el objetivo de ser el primer continente neutro
  • Una economía que trabaje para las personas y funcione para poner en marcha proyectos sociales y sea un impulso para la prosperidad
  • Una Europa para la era digital, que empodere a las personas e impulse las tecnologías
  • Promover un modo de vida europeo y construir una UE con igualdad de oportunidades
  • Una Europa más fuerte en el mundo que sea un líder global
  • Un impulso a la democracia, protegiéndola y fortaleciéndola

Blockchain, uno de los nuevos protagonistas para combatir el cambio climático

Frente a esta situación y a estos objetivos, que suponen rebajar las emisiones de CO2 en un 50% para 2030, la comisión europea ha calculado que debe invertir 230.000 millones de euros anuales adicionales y promover una colaboración del sector público y privado.

Para abarcar este objetivo, Europa debe potenciar la innovación y la investigación en los territorios, en el tejido empresarial y en las industrias, que permitan reducir las emisiones, el riesgo de desastres naturales y el impacto de la contaminación en la salud pública. Uno de los últimos informes de la ITU/ONU detalla cómo las tecnologías de vanguardia como la monitorización del clima, la calidad del aire y los recursos hídricos, Inteligencia Artificial y el Blockchain pueden contribuir en este proceso de batalla contra el cambio climático.

En este informe, llamado Frontier Technologies to Protect the Environment and Tackle Climate Change la ITU crea un grupo de trabajo enfocado en la eficiencia medioambiental para la Inteligencia Artificial y otras tecnologías emergentes (FG-AI4EE) dedicada al estudio de necesidades de normalización de tecnologías para contribuir a estos objetivos. En este informe se reconoce como la tecnología Blockchain ha sido una de las grandes olvidadas hasta la fecha en el camino hacia la lucha contra el cambio climático y cómo esta puede tener un papel clave en él a través de un uso optimizado en cuanto a uso de recursos e innovador, para aportar en este proceso de mejora.

El blockchain se suele asociar con criptomonedas como el bitcoin pero esta tecnología innovadora tiene mucho más potencial que este. Sus orígenes se sitúan en 1991  cuando se realizó el primer proceso basado en cadenas de bloques protegidos criptográficamente por Stuart Haber y W. Scott Stornetta. Su popularidad mediática en cambio empezó en 2008, cuando las criptomonedas estaban en el punto de mira social y actualmente su utilización se basa principalmente para proteger y certificar tránsito de datos de manera oficial y segura, luchando contra la falsificación y la protección de datos.

Esta tecnología se centra en la descentralización de la información de cualquier proceso como puede ser una gestión bancaria o bien una monitorización de datos de dispositivos IoT. El blockchain es una forma de estructurar los datos, agrupándolos en bloques o conjuntos a los que se les añaden metainformaciones relacionadas con otros bloques anteriores en línea temporal relacionados del proceso. En cada bloque se almacena:

  • Cantidad de registros en el bloque y transacciones relacionadas
  • Información referente a ese bloque
  • Vinculación con el bloque anterior y el siguiente
  • Una huella digital del bloque

A través de técnicas criptográficas, estos bloques se cifran y forman una cadena cifrada de información y solo podrían ser alterados modificando todos los bloques.

Se pronostica que el blockchain dispone de un gran potencial para hacer crecer el PIB mundial en 1,76 billones de dólares en 2030 según “Time for Trust: The trillion-dolar reasons to rethink blockchain, documento de PwC dedicado a esta tecnología.

3 proyectos de Blockchain para combatir el cambio climático

HOPU: Desde esta PYME española, dedicada a la monitorización y visualización de datos de calidad del aire a través de dispositivos IoT, se está implantando el uso del blockchain para la certificación de la calidad de los datos  y la protección de las medidas en los diferentes entornos monitorizados. En concreto, HOPU está implantando el blockchain para la monitorización de la calidad del aire en industria, donde deben cumplirse estrictas regulaciones que protejan la salud de los trabajadores y la calidad del aire de las zonas colindantes a estas fábricas. Gracias a la Blockchers, un proyecto que trabaja promocionando el uso de tecnologías DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) en PYMES europeas, HOPU está ya ejecutando su primer piloto en industria, en la fábrica de plásticos Lisanplast, que busca garantizar que el entorno de trabajo sea apto para los empleados y así como reducir el impacto de esta empresa en el entorno, de acuerdo con el Pacto Verde Europeo. HOPU está utilizando la red B Besu Alastria, regulada y compatible con la red europea. De este modo, se verifica el cumplimiento de normativas en el espacio de trabajo, se ofrece un cálculo de las emisiones totales y todo ello en una interfaz accesible e intuitiva para acceder a los datos en tiempo real y en histórico.

PlanetWatch Esta startup francesa está desarrollando un sistema blockchain para monitorizar la calidad del aire aprovechando el potencial de las comunidades. Según afirma esta PYME, los esfuerzos en monitorizar la calidad del aire no son suficientes hasta la fecha e incitan a los ciudadanos a ser partícipes en este proceso. Este proyecto se basa en incentivar a las personas a adquirir sensores de calidad del aire de bajo coste, instalarlos en sus hogares, sitios de trabajo o incluso llevarlos consigo y registrar los datos en una cadena blockchain. A través de esta red, PlanetWatch pondrá los datos abiertos a disposición de científicos y gobiernos para que puedan combatir el cambio climático y premiará a los usuarios por ayudar en este proceso. Cuando un usuario adquiere uno de sus dispositivos de bajo coste y lo activa para monitorizar datos adquiere Planet Tokens, fichas de utilidad emitidas en la cadena de bloque de Algorand.  Estos tokens pueden canjearse por Earth Credits, que se traducen a euros y permiten adquirir nuevos productos y servicios en Planet Watch.

“Patio Inteligente. Medioambiente seguro”, proyecto para Toliatti: Esta ciudad rusa de más de 700.000 habitantes tiene una gran relevancia industrial y por lo tanto requiere un gran control medioambiental. Toliatti ha implantado una red de monitorización medioambiental, instalados en zonas de recreo y juegos infantiles ya que las nuevas generaciones son un sector clave a proteger en este proceso. Este proyecto ha sido realizado por la empresa Airalab utilizando los sensores de Libelium. En este proyecto, la cadena de bloques se ha utilizado con el objetivo de un almacenamiento de los datos recogidos seguro, verificado y que no puede alterarse, buscando garantizar que las autoridades y los ciudadanos reciban una información objetiva y transparente, que realmente muestra el estado medioambiental del territorio. Por otro lado, este proyecto usa el blockchain para su marketplace, que permite a cualquier persona adquirir datos sin intermediación. Solo hay que enviar una solicitud de información a través de la plataforma de Smart City disponible y automáticamente se genera un contrato inteligente para que el sensor concreto lleve a cabo la medición solicitada y le facilite los datos con su correspondiente certificado de calidad.

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i3-MARKET: un marketplace seguro y fiable para incentivar la industria de la economía de datos

Seguridad y fiabilidad en la industria de la economía de los datos

A pesar de los diversos intentos de investigación e innovación que se han realizado en el ámbito de la gestión de Big Data y la integración y seguridad de datos personales e industriales, no existe un mercado de datos fiable y seguro ampliamente aceptado. En este ámbito existe pues una creciente demanda de una economía de mercado de datos única en Europa, que se aborde a través de la innovación en plataformas marketplace, con el afán de demostrar con implementaciones industriales que el crecimiento de la economía de datos es posible. 

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En este contexto surge el proyecto i3-MARKET, como solución capaz de proporcionar tecnologías seguras y fiables, colaboraciones basada en datos y una federación de marketplaces existentes y futuros, prestando especial atención a los datos industriales y, en particular, sobre los activos de datos comerciales sensibles tanto de PYMES como de grandes corporaciones industriales. El proyecto, enmarcado dentro del programa de innovación e investigación Horizonte 2020 de la Unión Europea, se centra en alcanzar los niveles deseados de privacidad y confidencialidad en las plataformas marketplace, que respalden tanto los aspectos legales como de control y transparencia para la compartición datos entre los sistemas y servicios. Esto se hará posible mediante la creación de un backplane de datos descentralizado, interoperable y de confianza, que permitirá la integración de múltiples marketplace para un intercambio de datos seguro y que preserve la privacidad a través de los espacios de datos. i3-MARKET pone, por lo tanto, especial foco en los aspectos reglamentarios en torno a los activos de datos sensibles desarrollando medidas de seguridad y control de acceso necesarios que permitan el comercio seguro de datos, incluido el apoyo a la contratación automatizada (contratos inteligentes incl. el marco jurídico requerido según la reglamentación europea) y el intercambio de datos en tiempo real.

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Una federación de marketplaces de datos como objetivo principal

<<  i3-MARKET permitirá el desarrollo los elementos necesarios para crear un entorno seguro y fiable tanto para para los proveedores de datos como los consumidores, y así incentivar y permitir la creación de una economía de mercado de datos europea más fiable >>

El objetivo de i3-MARKET es por tanto posibilitar una federación de marketplaces de datos y objetivos comunes como elementos clave para adoptar la última estrategia de Mercado Único Digital de la Comisión Europea, incentivando la economía de mercado de datos industriales.

Para ello, i3-MARKET se está desarrollando sobre tecnologías y soluciones que consoliden una infraestructura de confianza, segura, autogobernada, basada en el consenso y auditable, interoperable (impulsada por la semántica) y descentralizada (permitiendo escalabilidad), llamada i3-MARKET Software Framework oi3-MARKET Backplane”, que permite la federación  de los espacios de datos y mercados existentes y futuros a través de la interoperabilidad. El backplain de datos de i3-MARKET incluye la capacidad de monetización de los datos en forma de servicios de Economía de Datos Inteligente, para ofrecer y compartir datos y reducir las barreras de entrada al mercado para que los proveedores comercien con sus activos de datos con el objetivo de encender una floreciente economía de datos que fomente la innovación y los negocios en Europa.

Contribuciones para fortalecer la competitividad y la confianza en los mercados de datos

En la sociedad digital global, la pérdida de confianza y fiabilidad en los datos puede suponer un gran impedimento en los negocio. Los marketplace de datos, donde el éxito se debe en buena parte a que los consumidores confían en que van a recibir lo que están pagando. Este es un modelo de reputación basado en la confianza, que requiere mucho tiempo pero permite situar a grandes proveedores actuales en una clara ventaja competitiva.

En i3-MARKET, el uso de Tecnologías de Libro Mayor Distribuido o Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), como blockchain, permitirá auditar y verificar todos los pagos y contratos realizados en el marketplace de datos de manera fiable e inmutable. Este hecho, junto la ejecución de contratos inteligentes, permitirá a los consumidores y proveedores confiar en el i3-MARKET.

HOPU participa como experto en sistemas IoT

Como parte del consorcio, HOPU centrado en la integración y el uso de servicios de datos inteligentes en un mercado impulsado por la adición de valor en los servicios impulsados por datos. Por esta razón, i3-MARKET permitirá la demostración de casos de uso innovadores basados en la federación de activos de datos de múltiples fuentes que abarcan desde la fabricación, la automoción y la informática centrada en el ser humano, los dispositivos conectados, etc. La inclusión de un alto nivel de confianza y seguridad en los servicios inteligentes de datos y la demostración del valor de los servicios basados en datos permitirá entrar en un mercado más escalable, más allá del mercado actual de IoT, con integración de datos contextuales. HOPU explotará los resultados del proyecto para comprender cómo aportar soluciones basadas en los datos capturados del entorno para determinar una correlación con las actuaciones realizadas en el entono.

Un consorcio internacional multidisciplinar

El consorcio de i3-MARKET se encuentra formado por expertos en las distintas áreas necesarias para el desarrollo exitoso de un ecosistema de mercado de datos: 

  • Líderes de la industria 4. 0
  • Expertos en soluciones de movilidad conectadas e IoT
  • La Presidencia de la Big Data Value Association (BDVA) (SIEMENS AG)
  • Expertos en software y seguridad (SIEMENS SRL)
  • Expertos en integración de software y sistemas y líderes en soluciones de IoT
  • Proveedores de tecnologías y soluciones de seguridad de hardware y software (IDEMIA-OBERTHUR)
  • Expertos en seguridad financiera (GFT)
  • Expertos en gestión y seguridad de los sistemas de información (IBM)
  • Alianza europea DigitalSME en representación de la comunidad de PYMES con respecto al mercado de la economía de datos europeos
  • PYMES expertas en desarrollo de herramientas y servicios basados en tecnologías blockchain para los mercados de datos industriales y financieros(Guardtime y Telesto)
  • Expertos en integración de sistemas de IoT (HOPU)
  • Expertos en análisis de sistemas y estudios de mercado de IoT (UNPARALLEL)

La colaboración con institutos de investigación líderes está  siendo clave además para las aportaciones científicas clave sobre interoperabilidad semántica, contando para ello con:

  • Vicepresidencia de la BDVA (NUIG)
  • Expertos en seguridad y la privacidad basadas en tecnología blockchain (UPC)
  • Expertos en negocios y economía (AUEB)

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HOPU en Lanzadera

Lanzadera recognises the potential of the Smart Cities market with HOPU in its acceleration programme

HOPU has started its experience in Lanzadera, Juan Roig’s accelerator that has selected the best companies for their innovative potential.

This accelerator program promoted by Juan Roig, director of Mercadona, welcomes this year 130 new companies with innovative proposals in different fields such as fashion, finance, health, video games or marketing, among others, with innovative products and services for the market.  There are already 200 of them currently located in its offices in Valencia, in the Marina de Empresas building.

Javier Jiménez (Director of Lanzadera) and Miguel Milián (Project Manager, responsible for HOPU in Lanzadera) visit HOPU's headquarters in Murcia.
Javier Jiménez (Director of Lanzadera) and Miguel Milián (Project Manager, responsible for HOPU in Lanzadera) visit HOPU’s headquarters in Murcia.

As a young company working on innovation issues related to Smart City and Smart Destination, HOPU is using the full potential of this acceleration programme to improve its processes and management. During 8 months, the HOPU team is receiving training focused on different relevant areas such as finance, marketing, communication, team management, innovation and investment. Thanks to the group of companies that were already part of this project in the previous edition and to highly relevant mentors from companies such as Mercadona, training is being obtained from the practice, where real situations and experiences in the business field are explained, allowing more recent companies to learn first-hand how to deal with them.

Smart Cities applications and sensors for air quality and noise monitoring

Our objective at Lanzadera is to improve in business and management aspects but at the same time, to take our products and services to their maximum potential, expanding to new horizons and markets. Already with a wide impact in the national territory in the Smart Cities market, we seek to expand our European relevance by entering countries such as Germany and Belgium.

 At HOPU we design innovative solutions for urban environments, using the potential of data, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) to contribute to sustainable urban design. To this end, we develop solutions for monitoring and understanding the environmental state of the city according to its specific characteristics, the management team and the citizens of each territory. With a team of 27 people, we are focused on adapting technology to solutions that really make sense in the market.

Currently, cities need quality data and performance indicators to be able to access different European grants EDUSIS, FEDER, UIAs, CEF or the Innovation Fund, which reserves 60% of the budget for compliance with the KPIs indicated in the project. This is where HOPU has set its sights, collecting, analysing and visualising large amounts of data from all kinds of sources such as mobility, public transport, social data, utilities, etc. to provide a single indicator that facilitates understanding of the environmental state of the city and the impact of the different actions carried out. In turn, in our catalogue we offer IoT devices for monitoring parameters such as air quality, noise, weather and the influx of people (nearby device scanning to detect cell phone nearby), allowing cities to collect quality data, in real-time and in the context of the territory.

HOPU’s participation has been under the umbrella and support of Acciona I´mnovation (Acciona innovation platform) a global company with a business model built around sustainability, responding to global challenges such as global warming, overpopulation and water scarcity with renewable energy, infrastructure, management and water treatment solutions. Acciona is one of the companies within the Lanzadera ecosystem that is seeking support from companies for the development of Smart Cities and Smart Destinations for its Smart Cities Skill Center. HOPU is contributing to the sustainable objectives of Smart Cities directed towards the European Green Deal.

 

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HOP Ubiquitous

Discovering HOPU

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Our efforts are committed to the deployment of Smart Cities for the entire world population, wherever they may be located.

As a innovation Company in Internet of Things (IoT) solution we develop and research full integrated solutions to Smart Cities and industry.

We have focused our efforts on the development of IoT products with ubiquitous connectivity to meet the needs of the human being at a global level, for this reason we created innovative low energy modules with M2M, IoT & LPWAN allow the connection of different platforms and products. We design our own hardware and firmware allow for scalable management that facilitates the implementation of large-scale deployments, maintenance, monitoring and ad-hoc sensors to meet the demand of the market.

Our philosophy is based on integrity; we pamper our products to always offer the quality highest and provide our customers with the best services, creating lasting relationships based on collaboration and mutual trust. We have a strong commitment in the development and innovation in IoT, therefore we have made validations of security and privacy in all our solutions, being totally reliable products, the entire HOPU team works together to solve the problems and challenges that arise. For this reason, we use open APIs that are perfectly integrated in HOPU’s hardware, firmware and software, allowing us to collaborate with leading IT companies such as Fujitsu, Nokia and Microsoft.

There is global iniciative whith conecting cities belonging to OASC, this is a international red that focused their efforts in creating an open smart city marked based on the cities requirements and communities. OASC bet on standards because facilite the interoperability betwenn city and companies, for this reason OASC supports to open platform like FIWARE and oneM2M. We hace developed our Smart Spot; this device has compatibility with other platforms thanks to use of communication protocol OMA LWM2M like to FIWARE and it is compatible with the software oneM2M

We adapt to the requests of each city according to your needs.

We are active partners of the programs Organicity, Synchronicity y SmartSDK, programs that encapsulate Horizon 2020, where we stand as an innovation company to achieve developing applications of technology to improve European competitiveness.

For to improve European competitiveness and developing platform that adapted to current needs we have created Harmony. This is open IoT platform participated in the European project Select4cities with our three solutions for Antwerp, Copenhagen and Helsinki. The aim was build on top of the two major open standards for Smart Cities in the market: FIWARE and oneM2M. We integrate it as follows:

  • In Antewerp: We created a specific App for menaging data between platforms, usinf the deployment of a BPM for traffic analysis and for a system of recommendations.
  • In Copenhagen: Creation of applications that make use of Harmony data and Copenhagen Open Data Platform to provide a correlation between traffic data and air quality, through the deployment of analysis services.
  • In Helsinki: Creation of an application capable of providing permissions on user data, stored on any of the platforms.

All the experience gained in the different projects has led us to develop different IoT platforms and IoT devices for Smart City solutions called Smart Spot. This device is an intelligent solution that uses Physical Web, a communication channel based on Bluetooth Low Energy that send “push” notification to a SmartPhone nearby. The Smart Spot can be management for OMA LWM2M platforms such us Homard, our IoT device management platform.

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HOP Ubiquitous - Select 4 Cities

International Global Competition to join in Smart Cities cluster.

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Select 4 Cities - International Global Competition to join in Smart Cities cluster

 

Hop Ubiquitous, along with 9 other companies and consortiums, have been worldwide selected for the development of an IoE (Internet of Everything) project focused on the cities of Helsinki, Copenhagen and Antwerp.

Intelligent Cities are booming and there is an increasing in those who want to join the benefits of new technologies and IoE with the aim of improving citizens quality of life. It is time for three European cities: Helsinki, Copenhagen and Antwerp. They have decided to become Smart Cities and look for the organization which best knows how to focus on its needs.

However, as can be expected, the more market, the more competition. For that reason, Selec4cities has deployed an election system of worldwide companies to choose those that best fit to the needs of these cities. It is a competition which has 3 phases to find that company or consortium and to design fake rolex and develop an IoE platform for smart urban innovation. In the first phase, 57 organizations have been presented with 28 proposals ..

First call of this global competition has finished and 10 companies have been chosen; among them is HOP Ubiquitous that has presented its candidacy based on the platform of innovation “Homard”. It is an IoE platform able to manage Intelligent Cities remotely. Homard is part of a larger project called Harmonie which unite Homard, Fiware (it is an independent community, in which Hop Ubiquitous is a “gold member“, that is committed to “build an ecosystem of APIs and open source for the development of intelligent applications”) and other platforms. Homard is focused on three use cases: health, measuring air quality such as emission of gases, noise, temperature and humidity, energy consumption and mobility.

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