We see a rapid growth of cities trying to solve their many challenges associated with living in urban environments by providing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)-enabled services and applications to citizens, companies and authorities, driving competitiveness and improving quality of life, this is subsumed under the term Smart City. A paramount building block to this is the Internet of Things (IoT). The key challenge for IoT towards Smart City applications is ensuring its reliability, incorporating the issues of security, privacy, availability, robustness and flexibility to changing environmental conditions. Without guarantees that the Smart City IoT objects are (i) sensing correctly the environment, (ii) exchanging the information securely, (ii) safeguarding private information, users are reluctant to adopt this new technology that will be a part of their everyday lives, which decreases the market value of Smart City applications for the service providers. The ultimate goal of RERUM is to allow IoT to become the fundamental enabler towards a truly Smart City, having the citizen at the centre of attention.
In the project RERUM we will develop, evaluate, and trial an architectural framework for dependable, reliable, and secure networks of heterogeneous smart objects (Internet of Things or "IoT") supporting innovative Smart City applications. The framework will be based on the concept of "security and privacy by design", addressing the most critical factors for the success of Smart City applications.
The work will be driven by the requirements of the target Smart City applications and by an assessment of the threats and open security issues in existing IoT frameworks for smart cities.
RERUM considers four smart city applications to drive the requirements for system development and these will be developed and tested in the trials:
The work will also follow an iterative approach starting from an initial definition of the architecture and the respective mechanisms that will be refined as the work progresses in order to mitigate any identified issues.
The key scientific areas of focus of the project are:
Our chair is leading RERUM's security workpackage "System & Information Security and Trust" and Prof. Joachim Posegga is appointed scientifical and technical co-cordinator. The foreseen main contributions of the University of Passau are in the following areas:
The twelve project partners in RERUM are: EURESCOM GMBH (DE), Advancare SL (ES), ATOS SPAIN SA (ES), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (GR), SIEMENS AG (DE), CYTA Hellas Tilepikoinoniaki AE (GR), University of Bristol (UK), Ajuntament de Tarragona (ES), Linkopings Universitet (SE), Heraklion Municipality (GR), SIEMENS SRL (RO) and Universitat Passau (DE).
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