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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City Terms: API

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What is an API?

An API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of methods for communication between different software components that exchange functions and procedures.

APIs can provide the set of information needed to build an application. Normally, all APIs are accompanied by tutorials, manuals and best practice rules to simplify implementation of an interface and make it easier to use by other software, allowing access and exchange of information that permit one application makes use of other remaining independent. APIs are the only way to provide secure access for software developers to work with external programs and services, being a key piece in the development of collaborative digital environments.

All HOP Ubiquitous products have open APIs to contribute to the development of collaborative software.

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City Terms: IoT

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What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

This term was introduced by Kevin Ashton in 1999 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to refer to the number of objects and people that are interconnected on the network. Since then, the number of IoT devices has increased and it is estimated that at 2020 there will be about 200 billion devices connected, placing the Internet of Things as the next big step in the technology industry.HOP Ubiquitous - Internet of Things

 

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City Terms: Smart City

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In this section of the blog we are going to launch short definitions to describe terms about the new smart tendencies. HOP team invite you to write all the questions that arise, we will reply you as soon as possible.

What is a Smart City?

“A Smart and Sustainable City is an innovative city that takes advantage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and other means to improve the quality of life, efficiency of functionality, urban services and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the economic, social, environmental and cultural requirements of present and future generations.” (CEPE y UIT)

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Know Physical Web

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Just as the web has changed the way we see the world, we take it a step further. This new communication channel puts physical objects in contact with websites for users access through their Smart Phone.

This tool streamlines the way we communicate, allows us access for all, also contextualizes the information in the specific physical place, at the moment that user wishes.

 

 

 

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5 things you need to know about Smart Destinations

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– What is Smart Destinations Tourism?HOP Ubiquitous Mock Up Ceuti App

– What benefits does it have?

– How does it work?

– Where it can be applied?

– What is the HOP approach for Smart Destinations?

 

  1. What is Smart Destinations Tourism?

HOP Ubiquitous launches the Smart Destinations Solution focused on the creation of tourist experiences through immersive interactions between physical places and personal devices such as Smart Phones. To this end, HOP Ubiquitous has developed an innovative device to be deployed in Points of Interest to make them interactive and smart; this device is called Smart Spots.

Smart Spot offers an interactive solution based on an innovative technology called “Physical Web”, it means that Web pages and multimedia content are made accessible exclusively in
physical places through Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, without requiring any native Application, simply by enabling WiFi or Bluetooth in the visitor*s smartphone to get a notification and start to interact with the venue.HOP Ubiquitous Siidi Beacon

This tourist experience is designed to discover the city during a visit and to get notified about more exciting details, insights and tips that make much more natural and comfortable the experience, when we compare it with other solutions such as Tourism Apps with plenty of information totally out of context or nothing more than copy paste from online guide books. The proposed solution offers access to information at the proper time, at the proper place in order to enhance one*s experience in a specific physical place.

This socially designed experience promotes another type of interaction as well with the tourist, since it involves a co-creation process where experiences are augmented with culture, differences, emotions, and insights that contribute to the final user experience.

  1. What benefits does it have?

Tourism developed through Smart Destinations is an application that allows the user to create their own experience, marking their own rhythm. Thereby, the mobile device is the new guide in an interactive way, connecting and discovering by proximity the interaction points, accessing all the information available and providing the proper insights and tips without requiring major attention. It is what we call an “agile experience”.

3. How it works?HOP Ubiquitous Ceutí Smart POI

– First step: Join through the invitation you receive on your mobile phone in the points of interest or central areas of the destination you are visiting.

– Second step: Don’t worry, just discover the city, you do not need to do anything else, smart spots that are near you in the points of interest will raise a notification to you when relevant content  is available based on  you, so you do not need to look for them, just enjoy, discover and insights / tips will flow to you in a natural way.

– Third step: Enjoy and access all the available information, take in local culture, shopping entertainment and offers, insights, suggestions etc.

– Step Four: Complete the experience with traditional or experimental food.

  1. Where could it be applied?

We are an international company with a strong commitment to technology innovation and experiential development. HOP is defined as Human Oriented Products; therefore, our main focus is on the users, a reason why the development of tourism through Smart Destinations is available for installation in any part of the world. HOP Ubiquitous develops intelligent solutions supporting the sustainable development of your destination, committed to the socio-cultural and environmental aspects. Our Smart Spots are produced with encapsulations based on natural products; the original design, both indoor and outdoor, is designed to blend in as much as possible to the aesthetics of the point of interaction, while offering all the technological advances in terms of connectivity, outdoor protection for weather conditions, and with support to make totally green and sustainable through its solar power.

Nowadays, Smart Spots are being applied outdoor and indoor in cities such as Aarhus, Denmark, Mexico City and also in Ceuti, Murcia, Spain.

  1. What is the HOP approach for Smart Destinations?

HOP Ubiquitous is approaching Smart Destinations through the Internet of Things (IoT) using technologies such as beacons, physical web, WiFi access points, etc.

Smart destinations implement and increase the use of technology by connecting different spaces offering services to people.

HOP Ubiquitous is committed to the process of a city that wants to carry out an active engagement of citizens and visitors, as part of an open and collaborative development of urban spaces. Thereby, citizens and visitors are both consumers and producers of information, improving the management, content and experience of your tourism resources.HOP Ubiquitous App Ceutí

 

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