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UBITECH undertakes the administrative and technical coordination of RAINBOW Research and Innovation Action on Trusted Fog Computing

UBITECH is hosting the kick-off meeting, in Athens, Greece (February 5-6, 2020), of the RAINBOW Research and Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 871403) and spans on the period January 2020 – December 2022. The vision of the RAINBOW is to design and develop an open and trusted fog computing platform that facilitates the deployment and management of scalable, heterogeneous and secure IoT services and cross-cloud applications (i.e, microservices). RAINBOW falls within the bigger vision of delivering a platform enabling users to remotely control the infrastructure that is running, potentially, on hundreds of edge devices (e.g., wearables), thousands of fog nodes in a factory building or flying in the sky (e.g., drones), and millions of vehicles travelling in a certain area or across Europe.

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UBITECH undertakes the coordination of ASCAPE Research and Innovation Action on Big Data and Machine Learning technologies for the support of cancer patients quality of life

UBITECH is hosting the kick-off meeting, in Athens, Greece (January 28-29, 2020), of the ASCAPE Research and Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 875351) and spans on the period January 2020 – December 2022. The ASCAPE project aims to take advantage of the recent ICT advances in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to support cancer patients’ quality of life and health status. To achieve its objective, ASCAPE will create an open AI infrastructure that will enable health stakeholders (hospitals, research institutions, companies, etc.) to deploy an edge-node locally and execute the AI algorithmson their private data without the need to send their data outside their domain. Any new knowledge produced by this process will be sent back to the open AI infrastructure. This way the knowledge will be shared among everyone and the medical data will remain private. With this feature, ASCAPE is aiming at democratizing access to cancer support. In particular, with ASCAPE even less developed countries or small healthcare providers (small rural hospitals) that do not possess large amounts of medical data, can connect to ASCAPE and benefit from its collective knowledge.

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UBITECH kicks off the PolicyCLOUD Innovation Action on evidence-based policy management through Cloud Environments and Data Lifecycle Management

UBITECH is participating at the kick-off meeting, in Madrid, Spain (January 21-22, 2020), of the PolicyCLOUD Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 870675) and spans on the period January 2020 – December 2022. The PolicyCLOUD aims to deliver a unique integrated environment addressing the full lifecycle of policy management: modelling, monitoring, enforcing, simulation, analysis and compliance. The environment will utilize the capabilities offered by the European Cloud Initiative, with an emphasis on data analysis to facilitate evidence-based policy making. PolicyCLOUD introduces a pioneering approach for the development of policies “collections” to exploit collective knowledge towards policy co-creation and cross-sector optimization. The co-creation of multi-modal policies will follow an innovative modelling process for structural representation of schema-based policies.

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UBITECH kicks off the DataVaults Innovation Action on secure and privacy preserving personal data storage, analysis, sharing and monetization

UBITECH is participating at the kick-off meeting, in Berlin, Germany (January 21-23, 2020), of the DataVaults Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 871755) and spans on the period January 2020 – December 2022. The DataVaults project aims to deliver a framework and a platform that has personal data, coming from diverse sources (wearables, web APIs, smart home sensors, personal data records, etc) in its centre and that defines secure, trusted and privacy preserving mechanismsallowing individuals to take ownership and control of their data and share them at will, through flexible data sharing and fair compensation schemes with other entities (companies or not). The overall approach will rejuvenate the personal data value chain, which could from now on be seen as a multi-sided and multi-tier ecosystem governed and regulated by smart contracts which safeguard personal data ownership, privacy and usage and attribute value to all entities that generate value within this chain and especially data owners. Within DataVaults, UBITECH drives the platform integration as well as the implementation of the Risk Management Monitor, which is a service that offers near real-time monitoring and evaluation the privacy risks of an individual, the Privacy Metrics Dashboard, which displays the information coming out of the Risk Management Monitor service and gives to each individual a clear and comprehensive view of their current and privacy exposure degrees, and the lightweight Edge Analytics Engine, responsible for running analytics at the edge, in case maximum privacy is necessary and there is only a request to share insights that can be generated in the user’s device.

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UBITECH kicks off the SYNERGY Innovation Action on Big Data and AI-fueled synergetic energy-as-a-service applications

UBITECH is participating at the kick-off meeting, in Valencia, Spain (January 8-9, 2020), of the SYNERGY Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 872734) and spans on the period January 2020 – June 2023. The SYNERGY project introduces a novel reference big data architecture and platform that leverages data, primary or secondarily related to the electricity domain, coming from diverse sources (APIs, historical data, statistics, sensors/ IoT, weather, energy markets and various other open data sources) to help electricity stakeholders to simultaneously enhance their data reach, improve their internal intelligence on electricity-related optimization functions, while getting involved in novel data (intelligence) sharing and trading models, in order to shift individual decision-making at a collective intelligence level. To this end SYNERGY will develop a highly effective a Big Energy Data Platform and AI Analytics Marketplace, accompanied by big data-enabled applications for the totality of electricity value chain stakeholders (altogether integrated in the SYNERGY Big Data-driven EaaS Framework). SYNERGY will be validated in 5 large-scale demonstrators, in Greece, Spain, Austria, Finland and Croatia involving diverse actors and data sources, heterogeneous energy assets, varied voltage levels and network conditions and spanning different climatic, demographic and cultural characteristics.

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UBITECH kicks off the INFINITECH Innovation Action on Tailored IoT and Big Data Sandboxes for the Finance and Insurance Services Industry

UBITECH participates in the kick-off meeting, in Lisbon, Portugal (November 4-5, 2019), of the INFINITECH project, officially started on October  1st, 2019. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No 856632) and spans on the period October 2019 – December 2023. INFINITECH is a joint effort of global leaders in ICT and finance towards lowering the barriers for Big Data, IoT and AI driven innovation, boosting regulatory compliance and stimulating additional investments and aims to provide novel Big Data and IoT technologies for seamless management and querying of all types of data (e.g., OLAP/OLTP, structured/unstructured/semi-structured, data streaming and data at rest), interoperable data analytics, blockchain-based data sharing, real-time analytics, as well as libraries of advanced AI algorithms; regulatory tools incorporating various data governance capabilities (e.g., anonymization, eIDAS integration) and facilitating compliance to regulations (e.g., PSD2, 4AMLD, MIFiD II); and nine novel and configurable testbeds and sandboxes, each one offering Open APIs and other resources for validating autonomous and personalized solutions, including a unique collection of data assets for finance and insurance.

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UBITECH presents the FutureTPM and SDN-microSense H2020 projects at the S^2 Hack4Energy hackathon

Alongside the S^2 Hack4Energy event, the first energy related hackathon in Greece against energy-related security breaches, that takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece at October 23-24, 2019, UBITECH presents experiences, knowledge and technologies in the Digital Security domain, introducing the concepts and developments of the FutureTPM and SDN-microSense H2020 projects at the audience.

In particular, in SDN-microSense, the goal of UBITECH team is to evaluate the readiness and awareness of energy-related personnel and processes in case of cyber-attack, system failure and data breaches and to develop a risk assessment framework in the face of emerging threats and vulnerabilities. UBITECH’s Entso Veliou (Security Engineer) presents the current state of the project which is analysis of multiple security standards by multiple partners, find which part of each standard can be used and is subject to smart grids and presented the progress of UBITECH, analyzing ISO27001 information security management standard. Furthermore, he introduces the company’s plans to customize and deploy the corporate risk management suite, OLISTIC (olistic.io) to the Smart Grid Energy domain, covering the supply chains of Electrical Power and Energy Systems.

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UBITECH sponsors the S^2 Hack4Energy energy-related hackathon in Thessaloniki

UBITECH supports and sponsors Hack4Energy event, the first energy related hackathon in Greece against energy-related security breaches. This two-day event takes place in Thessaloniki, Greece at October 23-24, 2019 and is organized by the SPEAR and SIT4Energy H2020 projects and is hosted on the premises of CERTH. As a matter of fact, the rapid progression of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) transforms the electrical grid into a new paradigm called Smart Grid (SG). This new reality offers valuable benefits such as distributed generation, self-monitoring, self-healing, pervasive control, two-way communication between utilities and energy consumers as well as better utilization of the existing resources. SG enables the development of smart energy-related applications, considering both efficiency potentials in the local energy production and consumption. However, at the same time, this revolution raises severe cybersecurity issues since SG is characterized by multiple heterogeneous and interconnected technologies. In this context, the SPEAR and SIT4Energy H2020 projects join forces towards co-organizing a hackathon event that will focus on innovative approaches on energy-related cyber-security and end-user engagement, respectively.

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UBITECH Group undertakes the coordination and the technical leadership of the FARCROSS Innovation Action on regional cross-border electricity transmission

UBITECH and UBITECH ENERGY are hosting the kick-off meeting, in Athens, Greece (October 23-24, 2019), of the FARCROSS project, officially started on October  1st, 2019. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No 864274) and spans on the period October 2019 – September 2023. The FARCROSS project intends to connect major stakeholders of the energy value chain and demonstrate integrated hardware and software solutions that will facilitate the “unlocking” of the resources for the cross-border electricity flows and regional cooperation. The project will promote state-of-the art technologies to enhance the exploitation/capacity/efficiency of transmission grid assets, either on the generation or the transmission level. The hardware and software solutions will increase grid observability to facilitate system operations at a regional level, exploit the full potential of transmission corridors for increased electricity flows that will facilitate transition to flow-based regional market coupling; consider cross-border connections and their specific ICT and grid infrastructure; use a wide-area protection approach to ensure the safe integration of renewable energy sources into the grid; mitigate disturbances; increase power system stability.

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UBITECH presents the ICARUS H2020 project at the BDV PPP Technical Committee in Brussels

UBITECH presented the ICARUS H2020 project (https://www.icarus2020.aero/) at the European Big Data Value Public-Private Partnership  (BDV-PPP) – Technical Committee, which was a joint meeting with the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) Activity Group and the AI-PPP SRIDA 4th workshop, on 02 October 2019 in Brussels. During the meeting, several presentations were given providing insights and results from the usage of AI and Data technology, including the advanced machine learning and AI technologies that are developed or employed on each project, as well as the challenges, problems and obstacles that each project faced with respect to machine learning and AI platform or ecosystems. Dimitrios Miltiadou presented the ICARUS project’s approach and key challenges faced, focusing on the design of the platform’s architecture in order to deliver an aviation data and intelligence marketplace with secure and trusted “sandboxed” spaces for data analysis.