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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (18/10/2016)


Eye-O-T – Cyber security system with a high IoT network visibility and fast vulnerability detection for Smart Homes.
Today there are around 800 million connected devices in Smart Homes, which forecasted to reach 2 billion devices by 2020 – an uptick of about 250 million new devices per year. Smart Home networks become crowded, difficult to maintain and vulnerable. Today’s Smart Home systems, such as smart TVs, Internet-connected camera systems, alarm sensors, smart light bulbs or thermostats, can be hacked only in few minutes and provide a wealth of data about the way people live, bank information, legal information and etc.

Perytons proposes a centralized diagnostic solution for the Smart Home Operators, called Eye-O-T. The Eye-O-T enables the operators to monitor and analyse in real time a large number of IoT networks, distributed over many remote sites and running different local communication protocols. The system is composed by plug & play probes that capture Smart Home IoT edge and gateway traffics and send it to the cloud through the existing broadband infrastructure; and an intuitive real-time dashboard. The Eye-O-T security system not only enables Smart Home owners to minimise their house and privacy vulnerability to security breaches and malicious attacks, but also reduces the Smart Home maintenance cost for operators by 30% and increases the operator’s deployment capacity of at least 10%.

The Phase 1 project will allow Perytons to define a minimum viable product, plan a feasible cyber security and centralized monitoring system scale-up, elaborate the business scale up, and size the reachable market and a reliable market share.

Within the overall project, Perytons aims to: scale up the solution to be able to support large scale IoT network deployment, ingrate the system with one large cloud service, interface the solution with common Network Management solutions and demonstrate Eye-O-T visibility and security trough a large scale pilot in houses with 300 probes deployed in Germany and the UK together with Smart Home Operators.

Start date: 2016-10-01
End date: 2017-02-28
Total cost: EUR 71.429
EU Contribution: EUR 50.000
Project Coordinator: Perytons, Israel

IDAaaS – Trusted online service for identity assurance
The objective of the overall innovation project is to commercialize a trusted online service for identity assurance (IDAaaS – Identity Assurance as a Service). This service will be implemented according to European standards for electronic identity, including eIDAS and STORK. The new service will be based on several years of development of secure electronic identity and digital signatures in the Nordic market.

The expected outcome will be a simplified and cost effective online service for identity assurance that can be used in regulated industries such as banks and financial institutions (hereafter referred to as banks). The purpose of the service will be to assure that a user is who she claims to be when signing up to a new online service.

The lack of good solutions for trusted digital on-boarding of customers makes it difficult for new online-only players to enter the market, which could otherwise increase competition and improve the bank services in general. Large costs, trouble and hassle for both the bank client and the bank hamper innovation in the finance sector.

Electronic identity is a prerequisite for digital on-boarding. The electronic identity in Europe is fragmented and the missing implementation of European standards in this field represents a major barrier to secure cross-country transactions. The problem of establishing the true identity of the on board customer must be solved using multiple tools and instruments.

Start date: 2016-10-01
End date: 2017-03-31
Total cost: EUR 71.429
EU Contribution: EUR 50.000
Project Coordinator: Signicat, Norway

Zoovel-UC – Inaudible SMART CROWDS SECURITY through existing loudspeakers
Zoovel Ultrasound Connectivity (Zoovel-UC) project is a D2D connectivity to raise the safety and security in crowded areas such as sports stadiums, concert halls, open space events, subway, etc. providing real-time crowd management. Zoovel-UC technology performs direct and selective communication to the spectators and utilizes geospatial intelligence to shift the flow of fans and minimize crowds in real-time, improving the efficiency of current security protocols.

Since the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001, terrorism has been on our collective unconscious as the main threat to security. The recently attacks happened in Paris and Brussels again reminded the vulnerability of the international security system and the difficulty to deal effectively with this type of unconventional threat. Crowd events provide a potential target for terrorist activity, besides they are susceptible to other various threats, such as natural disasters, crowding and fan violence.

With the uncertainty of terrorist actions and fan behaviour, it is impossible to ensure a risk-free environment at crowd venues. It is therefore a matter of how event organizers prepare, respond, and recover to mitigate the consequences of emergencies. Good countermeasures and contingency planning can protect crowd areas from disruption and ultimately enhance spectator confidence.

Start date: 2016-10-01
End date: 2017-03-31
Total cost: EUR 71.429
EU Contribution: EUR 50.000
Project Coordinator: Zoovel Technologies, Spain

ProBOS – Protection Beyond Operating System – Development of the next generation cyber security solution
Cybercrime is on the rise in terms of scope and impact, which is facilitated by current environment: increasing use of mobile devices, social networking, mobile communications and cloud computing. Cyber-attacks are made mostly against governments and corporates to gather guarded information, or to disrupt their operation in general.

Advanced attackers targeted 5 out of 6 large companies each month in 2014, whereas 60% of all targeted attacks struck small- and medium-sized organisations. The same year companies across all industries worldwide have reported a total of 42.8 million detected attacks. And the consequences are varied and serious: crime involving computers and networks has cost the world economy more than USD 445 billion annually and the cost is expected to reach 1 trillion in 2016.

Restoring damages caused by successful cyber-attacks is extremely difficult and costly, if not impossible. Moreover, when a security breach occurs, the company or organisation concerned not only loses valuable and/or sensitive data, but it also suffers damage to its brand and reputation that can take a lot of time and money to repair. This increase in cybercrime urges for innovative cyber security solutions that are able to detect and immediately respond to attacks that are highly sophisticated and damaging, which is more important than ever. And this phenomena generates market opportunity for cybersecurity specialty companies.

ReaQta-core is the first to apply a novel approach that incorporates a unique NanoOS and an Artificial Intelligence Engine to protect endpoints from the most advanced and sophisticated cyber threats.

Start date: 2016-10-01
End date: 2018-09-30
Total cost: EUR 2.814.766
EU Contribution: EUR 1.970.336
Project Coordinator: ReaQta, Malta

DSMM – “(De) Securitising Muslims in Cyber space: Social Media, Civil society and Marginalisation After Charlie Hebdo and the Islamic State”
Europe faces one of the most significant security issues of recent years in the threats posed by Islamist terrorism. Prominent in this, and little researched, is the role of social media in this process. The project aims to fill this gap by applying cutting-edge research in a vital field for the future of Europe in assessing the effect of social media narratives on the (de) securitisation of Muslims in France and the UK. It does this through taking an original and interdisciplinary approach, incorporating quantitative and qualitative methods and concepts from sociology, political science and media studies.

The key research objective is to create an analytical account of the means by which social media narratives work to construct and deconstruct Muslims in France and the UK as security threats. This account draws on data from a range of social media platforms, in addition to interviews of key actors in France and the UK. In terms of outputs, the project will generate 3 peer reviewed articles. In addition, the work will be presented at international conferences and will feature in blog posts and policy briefs.

Start date: 2016-10-01
End date: 2018-09-30
Total cost: EUR 173.076
EU Contribution: EUR 173.076
Project Coordinator: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France

IPCOM – Next generation IP-based smart Push-to-Talk communication device for public security
Paumax aims to drive the convergence of Walkie-Talkie Radios with modern Mobile Broadband technology. Mobile Broadband (WiFi/LTE) offers a wide array of versatile usage: PTT, Video recording, geo-locating, emergency dispatch and other functions can be applied to public safety operations. Governments and businesses have invested billions into IP based communication from network infrastructure to smartphone PTT apps, yet innovation for the usability lag behind.

Even though smartphones can run versatile applications, in practice they are little useful for public safety officials, because their job requires them to stay hands free.

You cannot chase a criminal and operate a touch screen phone simultaneously. Remote-Speaker-Microphones are indispensable. For this reason many public safety authorities continue using Walkie-Talkie Radios for PTT – despite the high costs – and use a smartphone for anything else.

Paumax recently launched a Bluetooth Speaker-Microphone, solving the immediate demand from public safety. Designed as a remote control of public safety smartphone apps, it features multiple buttons for PTT, Emergency, and programmable buttons to assign tasks of an app to the remote device.

In continuation Paumax plans to further develop and commercialise a market-disrupting device that combines the resilience of a Tetra Radio with the versatility of smart technology: The IP Communicator.

This handheld device will run any PTT app directly loaded onto the speaker-microphone and connects directly to a wireless network. This eliminates the need for smartphones, Radios and Bluetooth all together, takes full advantage of Mobile Broadband while maintaining decades of grown user habits. And it is capable of maintaining critical communications, even when commercial networks fail due to natural or terrorist catastrophes.

Start date: 2016-10-01
End date: 2018-09-30
Total cost: EUR 2.446.250
EU Contribution: EUR 1.712.375
Project Coordinator: Paumax Oy, Finland

EUNADICS-AV – European Natural Airborne Disaster Information and Coordination System for Aviation
The proposal EUNADICS-AV addresses airborne hazards (environmental emergency scenarios), including volcano eruptions, nuclear accidents and emergencies and other scenarios where aerosols and certain trace gases are injected into the atmosphere. Such events are considered rare, but may have an extremely high impact, as demonstrated during the European Volcanic Ash Crisis in 2010.

Before the 1990s, insufficient monitoring as well as limited data analysis capabilities made it difficult to react to and to prepare for certain rare, high-impact events. Meanwhile, there are many data available during crisis situations, and the data analysis technology has improved significantly. However, there is still a significant gap in the Europe-wide availability of real time hazard measurement and monitoring information for airborne hazards describing “what, where, how much” in 3 dimensions, combined with a near-real-time European data analysis and assimilation system.

The main objective of EUNADICS-AV is to close this gap in data and information availability, enabling all stakeholders in the aviation system to obtain fast, coherent and consistent information. This would allow a seamless response on a European scale, including ATM, ATC, airline flight dispatching and individual flight planning.

Start date: 2016-10-01
End date: 2019-09-30
Total cost: EUR 7.509.318
EU Contribution: EUR 7.441.813
Project Coordinator: Zentralanstalt fur Meteorologie und Geodynamik, Austria

Reaching out – demonstRation of EU effective lArge sCale tHreat and crIsis maNaGement OUTside the EU
Effective EU support to a large external crisis requires new approaches. Reaching Out proposes an innovative multi-disciplinary approach that will optimize the efforts, address a wide spectrum of users and maximize market innovation success.

This approach results in five main objectives: to

  1. Develop a Collaborative Framework, with distributed platforms of functional services,
  2. Implement a flexible and open “collaborative innovation” process involving users and SMEs, suppliers, operators and research organisations,
  3. Develop, upgrade and integrate 78 new connectable and interoperable tools,
  4. Conduct 5 large scale demonstrations on the field:
  • health disaster in Africa (Epidemics in Guinea, with strong social and cultural issues),
  • natural disaster in a politically complex region and a desert environment (Earthquake in the Jordan Valley, led jointly by Jordan, Israel and Palestine),
  • three global change disasters in Asia targeted at large evacuation and humanitarian support in Bangladesh (long lasting floods, huge storms and associated epidemics,), EU citizen support and repatriation in Shanghai (floods & storm surge), radiological and industrial disasters impacting EU assets in Taiwan (flash floods, landslides, storm surge and chemical and radiological disasters), supported and co-funded by local authorities,
  1. Provide recommendations and evaluations for future legal and policy innovations.

The main expected impact is to improve external disaster and crisis management efficiency and cost-benefit and increase the EU visibility whilst enhancing EU industry competitiveness and enlarging the market.

Start date: 2016-10-01
End date: 2019-11-30
Total cost: EUR 21.101.721
EU Contribution: EUR 18.811.558
Project Coordinator: Airbus Defence and Space

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