DOTS-LCCI: Dependable Off-The-Shelf based middleware systems for Large-scale Complex Critical Infrastructures PDF Print E-mail

Involvment type: participant
Project website:
Start date: 01-03-2010
End date: 01-03-2012

The DOTS-LCCI research project aims to define novel middleware technologies, models, and methods to assure and assess the resiliency level of current and future OTS-based LCCIs, to diagnose faults in real time, and to tolerate them by means of dynamic reconfiguration. Assuring the resiliency level of LCCIs is crucial to reduce, with known probabilities, the occurrence of catastrophic failures, and consequently, to adopt proper diagnosis and reconfiguration strategies.

The project will deliver novel contributions to the problem of assessing and assuring resiliency, in terms of:

  1. Modeling techniques, to be used by designers to improve their designs, and system operators to evaluate at runtime resiliency attributes (e.g., the expected time and location of a failure).
  2. Algorithms, strategies and architectures to enable reliable communication, and automatic on-line diagnosis and reconfiguration.
  3. Experimental evaluation and prototypal implementations of the proposed techniques, in order to demonstrate their effectiveness for LCCIs.
ALARP: A railway automatic track warning system based on distributed personal mobile terminals PDF Print E-mail

Involvment type: participant
Project website:
Start date: 01-01-2010
End date: 31-12-2012

The objective of the ALARP project is to study, design and develop an innovative more efficient Automatic Track Warning System (ATWS) to improve the safety of railway trackside workers.

SILFI: Sistema Intelligente per la Lotta al Fuoco Integrata PDF Print E-mail

Involvment type: participant
Project website: Not available
Start date: 2009-09-01
End date: 2011-08-30

POR CReO 2007-2013
BANDO UNICO R&S, anno 2008
Linea di attività B (POR CREO, Attività 1.5)

The introduction of new European norms on the safety of transportation systems (CEN TS 45545) and, in Italy, of the act DL 28/10/2005 of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transportations, prescribes the installation on railway vehicles of highly performing fire detection and fire fighting systems, having high intrinsic safety in accordance with IEC TR 61508 e CEI EN 5012x.

The realization of a competitive fire fighting system for the market requires mastering different key technologies, and an extensive knowledge of norms and requirements of the specific domain, which lead to a technical and financial effort much greater than what a SME can afford. The project foresees a collective strategy, with an industrial consortium supported by a research institution, thus guaranteeing the presence of strategic competences for the realization of a product that is able to compete efficiently, possibly also on the International market.

INSPIRE: INcreasing Security and Protection through Infrastructure REsilience PDF Print E-mail

Project contract: 225553
Project website:
Involvment type: some RCL members are involved
Start date: 2008-11-01
End date: 2010-10-31

INSPIRE is a two-year small or medium-scale focused research project (STREP).

Project objectives:

  • Analysis and modelling of dependencies between critical infrastructures and underlying communication networks
  • Designing and implementing traffic engineering algorithms to provide SCADA traffic with quantitative guarantees
  • Exploiting peer-to-peer overlay routing mechanisms for improving the resilience of SCADA systems
  • Defining a self-reconfigurable architecture for SCADA systems
  • Development of diagnosis and recovery techniques for SCADA systems
AMBER: Assessing, Measuring and BEnchmarking Resilience PDF Print E-mail

Project contract: IST-216295
Project webiste:
Involvement type: participant
Start date: 01-01-2008
End date: 31-12-2010

AMBER is a FP7 Coordination Action. It will bring together leading research teams on assessment, measurement, and benchmarking of resilience in computer systems in order to coordinate the effort of defining metrics and benchmarks for comparative evaluation of the resilience of computer systems and components.

SAFEDMI: Safe Driver Machine Interface for ERTMS automatic train control PDF Print E-mail

Project contract: IST-031413
Involvment type: subcontracted
Start date: 2006-01-09
End date: 2008-01-08

The objective of the SAFEDMI project is to design and develop a DMI system that distinguishes itself from other trainborne DMIs currently available on the market by being able to satisfy at least SIL2 (Safety Integrity Level 2) according to CENELEC specifications (with all the related implications) and to integrate in such safe DMI safe wireless communication interfaces for configuration, SW and firmware downloading and diagnostic purposes.

The detailed proposed objectives are: (a) to design and develop a safe DMI integrated with the current on-board ERTMS systems developed according to the ERTMS Interface specifications; (b) to study and develop all the HW and SW solutions to properly address the safety and fault tolerance issues generated by the SIL 2 requirements; (c) to integrate in the safe DMI safe wireless communication interfaces for configuration, SW and firmware downloading and diagnostic purposes; (d) to design and develop a HW and SW tool infrastructure to support automatic test execution, simulating driver's action.

The safety issues to be tackled by the SAFEDMI project are related to: visualization, driver input data acquisition, data communication between on-board system components, data processing and wireless communication interface.

More info also in the CORDIS website.

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