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.

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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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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.

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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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Diseño del backplane de i3-MARKET

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 FitPig Agrifood

HOPU presents an IoT technological solution for the agrifood chains at Smart Agrifood 2020

Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit

The 24th and 25th of September HOPU have been presented at the third edition of  Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit, an industry-leading event for the creation of innovative ecosystems within the European agri-food sector.

1,450 professionals in the field of agriculture and livestock have visited Agrifood ’20, where they have taken knowledge about the technological innovations that are being developed to improve food safety and the efficiency of natural resources in food production. Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, Agrifood Summit developed a virtual participation modality through which it has been possible to follow the presentations and events via streaming, as well as holding online networking meetings.

The participation of HOPU in AgriFood 2020 has been through the Porcinnova business accelerator. As a High-technology incubator, Porcinnova encourages startups to develop initiatives that generate Innovative Solutions based on technology and applying them in the Pig Sector. Porcinnova’s objective is to support the creation of new companies and accelerate startups and projects that aim to apply and transfer new technologies that provide solutions to specific challenges throughout the pig industry. Among those challenges, there are issues such as animal health, food safety, mechanization and digitization of farm plants, traceability of animals and products, or the management of waste such as gases or manure/slurry.

During the Smart Agrifood Summit, HOPU presented the details of the ‘Interoperable Pig Health Tracking FITPig’ project in the Elevator Pitch schedule, highlighting the unique value proposition of the IoT solution that we are developing. This pilot, created under the IOF2020 program with other relevant partners, allows the monitoring of air quality and vital signs of animals through standardized and replicable data.

HOPU Smart Agrufood 2020
HOPU in Smart Agrifood event 2020

 

FitPig Project

The pig sector in our country (Spain) generates more than 300,000 direct jobs and more than 1 million indirect jobs, representing 1.4% of the national GDP and 14% of the Spanish industrial GDP. These figures and its expected growth in the coming years in view of world demand force the pig sector to introduce considerable improvements in productivity, leading to farms operated on a larger scale without losing efficiency. Alongside this need is social concern about animal welfare on large intensive farms. FITPig seeks to respond to both issues by preventing losses due to death and improving animal welfare. Our solution is based on the monitoring of pig farms, specifically of pregnant and lactating sows. 

The integration of new technologies in the agro-food sector is already a reality in the most advanced animal and crop farms. The lack of innovation and the lack of modernisation of the countryside have been two of the main barriers to progress in rural entrepreneurship for decades. Now, more and more companies in the sector are modernising their facilities, using IoT devices that allow for the management and monitoring of the environment in real-time, which enables them to obtain precise data on the state of the product. These advances make it possible to economise on water use by providing each plant with just the water it needs, detecting anomalies in air quality such as temperature rises or CO saturation in the environment, etc.

Through IoT technologies, knowledge of AQi data in real-time and Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence algorithms we can go further in terms of data visualisation but also offer information that allows you to anticipate possible problems or setbacks that degrade product quality or mean losses for the farmer.

Through our experience in the Smart Cities monitoring sector and our Smart Spot device for air quality, we have designed an IoT sensor to record the health of the farm by measuring the gases that affect the health of livestock such as ammonia, CO2, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, ozone and nitrogen dioxide in the environment, temperature and humidity. Good air quality is required to maintain the health and welfare of the animals and to provide a good working environment for staff. Air quality is characterised by the concentration of gases, dust and micro-organisms, the respiratory systems of pigs are directly exposed to the air and the air could have direct and indirect effects. The skin, eyes and respiratory tract are directly affected and irritated which favours indirect effects such as disease and poor development. Numerous studies in fattening pigs conclude that there is a relationship between high concentrations of NH3 and the development of the pigs. The most important gases are NH3, CO2, H2S and CO. Environmental control is one of the elements that allows the improvement of environmental quality, which has an impact on the good health of the pigs and an adequate conversion rate. For this reason, it is important to guarantee adequate conditions of temperature, humidity and gas concentrations.

 

Air Quality on Farms by Smart Spot
Air Quality on Farms by Smart Spot

On the other hand, for more direct control, FITPIG has designed an ear tag PPG sensor, an intelligent slope to monitor the vital signs of the cattle. Thanks to these two data sources, global monitoring is generated to control the health status and to predict dangerous situations for the health of pregnant women in farms. With this sensor we can know their heart rate and vital signs, we have real-time access to the environmental state of the farm, ensuring the welfare of the pigs, preventing possible infections and diseases, improving the probability of survival of piglets and adult pigs.

Visualization of health monitoring pigs
Visualization of health monitoring on farms

 

This project is composed of a relevant network of partners in the sector such as CSEM (Switzerland), DIGITANIMAL (Spain) and SLU – Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (Sweden)

The FITPig project is part of the Internet of Food & Farm IOF2020 call for projects, which promotes a large-scale implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in the European agricultural and food sector. It also aims to implement technologies that meet the needs of the entire value chain of the agri-food sector and especially of the end-users working in this type of business or factory, strengthening them for future challenges. A total of 35 million euros has been invested in this call to finance 33 projects from 22 European Union countries, including our proposal. 

The use of FITPig is mainly targeted to farms with more than 30 breeding sows that need to reduce piglet deaths due to infections, sow crushing, lack of feed, allowing the farmer to increase the economic profitability of production. This project has enormous added value for the livestock sector, as monitoring serves to give the farmer greater control over production, reduce deaths through prediction, improve animal welfare and reduce the use of antibiotics. Its main innovative factor lies in the use of a sensor to monitor the heart rate of the pigs on the farm, which is unique in the market today, and the integration of all the data into one visualisation tool.

 

See the visualization links of the results here:

 

 

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Industry 4.0 & Blockchain

HOPU certifies its air quality and noise data for Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities

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The new challenge of the Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities sector: Certified and quality data

The press and media at the European level are already echoing the recent approval of the European Green Deal, which sets the challenge of being neutral in greenhouse emissions by 2050. Smart Cities have already begun this transition, working on identifying their main sources of pollution for the development of sustainability strategies.

Environmental control also affects Industry 4.0 at different levels, the emission of gases into the ozone layer that affects the population, and the generation of harmful components of air in the working area, which directly interfere with workers’ health.

On a large scale, relevant measures are being taken to control and reduce air emissions thanks to regulations such as EN 13725 on odor control, but in the working environment, more thorough monitoring with monitoring systems is needed. These systems must allow for the detection of dangerous situations at an early stage in order to protect employees and justify compliance with regulations such as the Environmental and Occupational Therapy Law.

 

“In Industry gas emissions mean more than 7M deaths per year in the world and a dedication of 1,600M euros in sanctions” Iris Cuevas, Chemical Engineer at HOPU. 

 

In order to control this situation, quality control campaigns of the working environment are being carried out by certification companies, through specific inspections. However, these are concrete measures to comply with current regulations. This type of industry requires a system that certifies in real-time that its workers have been in a space free of components that are harmful to health, in accordance with the health parameters established for each one. In this way, they will be able to detect harmful situations at the time and take the necessary measures to protect their workers.

 

First Blockchain pilot for air quality in Industry 4.0

Thanks to HOPU’s experience in developing air quality monitoring systems for Smart Cities we have a solid product for measuring greenhouse and harmful gases, suspended particles, odors, and noise, with an accuracy of over 90%. 

Air quality measurements in the industry should always set an example in terms of rigor and certification as this data has a very relevant impact and serves to make critical decisions in the surrounding business fabric. 

This is where HOPU proposes a technological innovation to meet this need for monitoring the health of the working environment in real-time. By using the potential of the Blockchain, HOPU is certifying and protecting the data collected by its air quality monitoring devices for use in Industry 4.0. In this way, the industry can verify real-time control of the area to satisfy the regulations regarding the working environment with certified data and justify critical decisions in the environment.

Thanks to Blockchers, a research group working to promote the use of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) in European companies, HOPU is executing its first pilot deployment to validate this Blockchain certificate. With this pilot and our knowledge in the technological and environmental sector, HOPU is expanding its area of action towards the Industrial 4.0. market and improving its services for Smart Cities. This validation is being carried out in the Lisanplast plastic factory, which seeks to ensure that the work environment is suitable for pregnant and nursing women and to monitor the health of employees.

 

Industry 4.0 & Blockchain
Industry 4.0 & Blockchain

 

The pilot consists of continuous monitoring of data from the working environment through the Smart Spot HOPU devices, using open technologies such as FIWARE´s  CEF Context Broker, to analyze this data and detect anomalies and events. For this development, HOPU is using the B Besu Alastria network, which is regulated and compatible with the European network. In this way, compliance with regulations in the workspace is verified, a calculation of total emissions is provided and all this in an accessible and intuitive interface to access the data in real-time and in history.

 

According to Lisanplast’s prevention regulations, workers were only required to wear masks and earplugs at specific locations in the factory. When we installed the HOPU sensors and saw the measurements of noise and airborne dust in the work area, we presented this data to the prevention company as it was certified and verified. Based on this, the standard of wearing helmets and earplugs was imposed throughout the factory, the number of areas where it is mandatory to wear a mask was increased and the mask was replaced by a more protective one” Pedro Cava, I+D & Marketing department at Lisanplast

 

This technology allows demonstrating the reliability of the data provided by the HOPU devices, detecting anomalies in the data. In addition, this process checks and certifies that the data conforms to the most demanding regulations.

 

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HOPU IoT devices on Lisanplast

 

This deployment has used the device calibration laboratory that HOPU has at its offices in Murcia, an environment with equipment certified by reference companies such as Envira, in relation to the supply and maintenance of laboratory equipment and Linde, in terms of the reference gases used. This laboratory also has ENAC certification, issued by SGS, which empowers HOPU to issue Calibration and Data Quality Certificates (CQC) for IoT devices. Through these CQCs based on the Besu B network (Blockchain), an intelligent contract is generated, stored in the device itself, which links the calibration process carried out in the laboratory, certifying that it has been verified and calibrated by a suitable laboratory.

 

The use of Blockchain brings to our product a great differential innovation for the market, both for the Industry 4.0 and for a Smart City. This has been thanks to the support of Blockchers for the validation and to the Alastria Foundation of which we are partners” Germán Molina, CIO at HOPU

 

Once installed in the final environment, the device begins to collect data from the work area, detecting any high levels of harmful gases, suspended particles, odors, and noise, which may be harmful to the worker. Any anomaly or alert is stored in this device along with the time and date in a certified manner, ensuring that this data has not been altered. In this way, they can be exported by the occupational risk managers of this workspace or by regulatory companies associated with the company.

 

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HOPU, the new partner of the Alastria Association that innovates using blockchain to certify quality environmental data.

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HOPU works on the decision-making of urban authorities and industry with efficient and sustainable action plans, through intensive data exploitation and monitoring with high-definition air quality monitoring devices.

Alastria is a non-profit association that promotes the digital economy through the development of decentralised/blockchain registration technologies.

On May 25th it became official: HOPU begins its adventure as a member of Alastria, a non-profit association that promotes the digital economy with technologies such as blockchain.

“Alastria is a European reference for the use of blockchain in business. It is a privilege for us to be part of this community,” says Germán Molina, CIO of HOPU.

HOPU is a partner of Alastria Association

HOPU, as a company in the sector of monitoring and visualization of environmental indicators, seeks to offer quality data through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Its range of monitoring products is calibrated in the laboratory according to quality and traceability standards. Besides, the correlation of its data with reference stations reaches more than 90%. This ensures that customers make informed decisions. It also offers continuous monitoring with open technologies such as FIWARE’s CEF Context Broker, which detects anomalies and events, as well as verify the compliance with regulations, calculate total emissions and provide an accessible/intuitive interface for the historical data access. HOPU is innovating in certification and transparency processes through the use of blockchain during continuous data monitoring. This process guarantees the composition of the emissions offered by its indicator visualization services from monitoring to visualization.

This technology allows us to demonstrate the reliability of the data provided by HOPU, detecting anomalies and events in the data. Besides, this process checks and certifies that the data is following the most demanding regulations.

Using Blockchain as an enabler for transparency, trust and compliance

The integration with the blockchain technology has already started, using the B Besu Alastria network which is already regulated and congruent with the European network, and HOPU focuses the next step towards CEF EBSI (European Blockchain Services Infrastructure) also based on BESU, as an evolution of the Alastria network. This innovation will mean a further jump in the quality of HOPU services for Industry 4.0, where gas emissions suppose more than 7M of deaths per year in the world and more than 1,600M euros are dedicated to complying penalties for regulation non-compliance.

In the words of the CIO of HOPU, “the Blockchain is going to have a direct impact on our lives in the next years, the Digital Identity and the Regtech are going to be two of the pillars that will change our way of seeing things”.

The first customer who is making use of these transparency and certification benefits is Lisanplast, a plastics factory that seeks to ensure that its environment is suitable for pregnant and nursing women and to monitor the health of employees as one of its main Corporate Social Responsibility actions. Through HOPU’s harmful gas monitoring devices, any harmful situation for the health is detected and certified as reliable thanks to the blockchain. This pilot has been financed by Blockchers, a project from the Horizon2020 framework whereby Alastria is a partner. This research group works in the same area of innovation that Alastria does, powering the use of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) in European companies.

 

HOPU proposal for Blockchers

The following steps of this innovation process will be in January when HOPU will start to issue all the calibrations, maintenance certifications and traceability informs since the Alastria network. Besides, HOPU is expanding the scope of this innovation from the air quality monitoring in cities. The company is using its potential as Golf Member of the FIWARE Foundation, its role as Chair of Data Quality in IEEE (IEEE P2510) and its consolidated cities network with more than 300 devices distributed in Europe. Thus, HOPU services are going to contribute to the fight to mitigate climate change and for the compliance of the European Green Deal. Thanks to the improvements in the HOPU range of services, the deployment of these solutions will certify higher transparency and reliability for urban planners and citizens. Also, HOPU services will suppose relevant support for projects as the Innovation Fund that requires to justify the compliance of the objectives with data to receive the 40% of the project budget.

 

 

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EQUALITY – IoT4Industry: A new way to identify gases emissions in the industry

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This project was born with the goal of focusing on the health and safety at work of pregnant women and women in breastfeeding periods. Motivated by the risks they are exposed to during their working day such as intense noises, thermal stress and gases from multiple sources (thermal degradation and solvents or lubricants applied in the pelletizing processes), the main objectives of this project are to provide a decision tool for factory managers to adapt the tasks of the target employees in the company or even to adapt the production schedule of the working day of these employees to facilitate risk-free work-life balance for the pregnant woman and later, the lactating infant. To assure compliance with occupational therapy regulations and recommendations.

This objective can be achieved nowadays thanks to the new and available IoT technologies that allow to take real-time measurements on specific positions on the factory plants without interfering with the work on the plant. By collecting and analysing air quality data, the plant manager can replan the employee’s tasks to limit the time of exposure. Additionally, it is possible to identify specific high emitting materials and processes, trace the contamination of the vapours produced by the extrusion. Moreover, one could optimize machine and process parameters to minimize emissions.

An interdisciplinary team has been established to determine the requirements, to choose the tools used for implementing the tests in the factory and to evaluate the collected results.

The test have been performed in Murcia (Spain) at Lisanplast S.L., an extrusion of polymers plant and part of the Equality consortium.

              Grant agreement No 777455

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SerIoT Project

Description about project SerIoT

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The IoT  has come to us faster than we think. IoT was given birth in the late 10´s, when the threshold was crossed to connect more objects than people on the Internet, as a result of a progressive evolution in previous years. This event caused the industry, homes and society of the European Union to increase the security risks that accompany this new hyper-connected technological world, second by second. Attacks on the content and service quality of the IoT platforms can have economic, energetic and physical security consequences that go beyond the lack of traditional security of the Internet, and far beyond the various threats that are arisen. Nowadays, the data are the main asset of a business, the data are vital; if they fall into the wrong hands, the consequences can be enormous.The IoT devices are so present in our day to day that they can be a danger for the security of the data, since the devices connected to the Internet can have deficiencies such as: users and access passwords by default and without mechanisms that force the user to change them for safer ones; web pages of control and configuration insecure or accessible remotely; lack of customization in security settings, among others. This default make it easier the data collection for cybercriminals looking for this type of device as an entry point to the company’s networks or to other points of the network that are more protected. Due to the entire process of digital transformation in which companies or organizations are immersed, attacks against computer security have increased. Because of this, the importance of cybersecurity has increased in the last decade as a consequence of an increase in cyberattacks, helping us to take the necessary precautions to protect information.

As a result of the increase in demand from service businesses related to cybersecurity, the SerIoT project was born, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

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This project began on January 1, 2018 and will end on December 31, 2020, having duration of three years with a total budget for execution of € 4,999,083.75.The consortium will be composed by the main European actors in the field of Internet of Things, bringing together the most important European technology companies such as DT/T-Sys (T-Systems) and ATOS, with highly competitive SMEs such as HIS, HOPU, GRUVENTA, HIT and ATECH and leading European research organizations worldwide such as CERTH, JCR, TUB, ICCS, IITIS-PAN and TECNALIA and universities such as UESSEX and TUB.This project aims to optimize the security of information on IoT platforms and networks in order to recognize suspicious patterns, evaluate them and, finally, decide on the detection of a possible evasion of security, privacy in a comprehensive and cross (ie, platforms and IoT devices, computer security tools that allow detecting attacks, SDN routers and operator controllers) with the purpose of offering a secure platform that can be used to deploy platforms, security protocols and networks anywhere.SerIoT plans to use Blockchain technology for the validation of users and recording of cyber attacks, defined by Marc Andreessen as a ledger of digital events that allows information about data transfers in a secure, publically verifiable and efficient way. All transactions or data transfers do not require any intermediary because they are distributed in intelligent nodes, which register and validate the information of the different blocks. The information can only be updated based on the consensus of the majority of the system participants and cannot be removed from the blockchain.The reason for which it is planned to use the properties of this technology is to help improve the deficiencies that the IoT presents, helping to maintain an unchanging record of the history of smart devices, as well as improving the security and confidence of the messages through the use of smart contracts. This cutting-edge technology has already been introduced by some companies to the field of IoT.The network created by SerIoT will be unique. With this measure, it will generate significant savings by unifying all SerIoT services with a more agile, flexible and integrated organizational model, and also portable, benefiting from services anywhere in the world due to the implementation of networks in different parts of the territory, what will make it possible to lead the success of Europe in the Internet of things. SerIoT will be installed, implemented and validated in emerging areas (for example, Smart Transportation, Surveillance, flexible manufacturing and industry 4.0, as main business areas). These advances will be evaluated on both individual lab test-beds which in a european scenario through UEssex and demonstrated his applicability with the use cases develop by industry partners, for example Gruventa, Telecom Innovation Laboratories, Hypertech innovations. Among the cases of use of the project, we can find:

  1. Surveillance: focused on the operation of the system, on the transmission of data from surveillance networks, as well as patented social networks. The sensitive information that affects personal data, covered by legislation, will be protected against unauthorized access.
  2. Smart Transportation Systems in Smart Cities (ITS): analysis and definition of security solutions. The main concept is to integrate information technology, electronics, wireless communications technology, sensors and navigation systems such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems in order to allow data transmission.
  3. Flexible manufacturing system: will deal with flexible manufacturing systems (Industry 4.0) which refer to a sophisticated approach to allow the connected industry to create value and new business models.
  4. Food supply chain: will provide end-to-end security through communication channels, in a food chain scenario, by addressing device authentication mechanisms, detection and prevention of denial of service attacks, as well as detection precocious interruption of IoT devices.

Among the general aims to be achieved with the implementation of this project are:

Provide new means of understanding threats

Provide new means to understand the existing and emerging threats that are targeting the IoT-based economy and the citizen network, and to research and analyse how Blockchain can contribute to improve IoT solutions. Moreover, understand how to solve the knowledge problems of IoT and blockchain.

Provide the prototype honeypots

Provide the prototype implementation of a computer security tool to be the aim of the attacker and be able to know all details of same, achieving adapt to any IoT platform across domains (for example, embedded mobile devices, Smart homes/Smart cities).

Implement the prototype SDN (Software Defined Networking)

Implement the corresponding prototype of smart SDN routers for the dynamic detection of suspicious/high-risk paths, and re-plan and re-programme the routing paths of the information transmissions in IoT networks over secure and preferable connections, supporting, among others, the interference of the human approach.

Implement the use of Blockchain technology

Introduce an extra physical layer dedicated to security for the manufacturing of existing IoT platforms and devices in order to offer a secure architecture. Explore the introduction of Blockchain as a security and privacy-preserving layer for IoT.

Optimize the security

Optimize the information security in IoT networks in a holistic, cross-layered manner that will be based on dynamic and distributed processing of variable complexity by single network components, as well as on a centrally located server/controller that will have the main control of the network and will collect, aggregate and appropriately merge the transmitted data and produced metadata.

Develop of system for detection of threats

Use and develop the appropriate technologies, so as to implement an efficient and robust decision support system on the controller side for the detection of potential threats and abnormalities, including a competent package of comprehensive and intuitive analytics and the generation of escalating mitigation strategies according to the severity of the detected threat.

Safety function monitors and validators

Introduce a methodology and tools for the different design-oriented monitors to be able to identify the different inputs of IoT devices as valid or not, by characterising their behaviour.

Improvement of interconnection

Improve the interconnection of heterogeneous devices by speeding up the communication processes and by selecting the optimal routing for the transmitted information in terms of both security and duration of process.

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