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UBITECH undertakes the technical coordination of the PHOENIX Innovation Action on adapt-&-play cost-effective and user-friendly upgrade of smartness in existing buildings with legacy equipment

UBITECH participates in the virtual kick-off meeting, hosted by the University of Murcia (September 25, 2020), of the PHOENIX Innovation Action, officially started on September 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 893079) and spans on the period September 2020 – August 2023. The PHOENIX project aims at changing the role of buildings from unorganised energy consumers to active agents orchestrating and optimising their energy consumption, production and storage, with the goal of increasing energy performance, maximising occupants’ benefit, and facilitating grid operation. The PHOENIX project will design a portfolio of ICT solutions covering all aspects from hardware and software upgrades needed in legacy equipment and optimal deployment of sensors, to data analytics and services for both building users and energy utilities.

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UBITECH ENERGY kicks off the TIGON Innovation Action on Intelligent DC-based hybrid Grids

UBITECH ENERGY participates in the virtual kick-off meeting, hosted by CIRCE (September 22, 2020), of the TIGON Innovation Action, officially started on September 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 957769) and spans on the period September 2020 – August 2024. The TIGON project aims to enable a smooth deployment and integration of intelligent DC-based grid architectures within the current energy system, while providing ancillary services to the main network. To do so, TIGON proposes a four-level approach aiming at improving (1) Reliability, (2) Resilience (3) Performance, and (4) Cost Efficiency of hybrid grids through the development of an innovative portfolio of power electronic solutions and software systems and tools focused on the efficient monitoring, control and management of DC grids. These solutions will be demonstrated in two main Demo-Sites located in France and Spain.

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Successful midterm remote review for the CYBELE H2020 Innovation Action

The first contractual virtual review meeting for the CYBELE H2020 co-funded research project (https://www.cybele-project.eu/) with external reviewers and the project officer from the EC side took place September 18, 2020, wherein the CYBELE consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the first 18 months of project. CYBELE aims to demonstrate how the convergence of HPC, Big Data, Cloud Computing (services) and IoT can create value in the domains of agri-food by implementing Precision Agriculture (PA) and Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) method. UBITECH, as the technical leader of the CYBELE project, gave an overview and assured the delivery of the fully integrated and technically verified CYBELE Platform implemented in collaboration, mainly, with RYAX, ENGINEERING and INTRASOFT using state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies. UBITECH presented the Experiment Composer Framework (based on Spring Cloud Data Flow) which provides functionalities for creating data pipelines on Cloud infrastructures andorchestrates the migration from Big Data jobs to HPC jobs. Moreover, UBITECH, in collaboration with Suite5, provided the data check-in pipeline with a cleansing module. The reviewers and the PO were satisfied with the results and provided some feedback and recommendations for the future work. The CYBELE consortium is enthusiastic about continuing their work in the project.

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UBITECH presents the Mission, the Technical Challenges and Real-world Testbeds of the FutureTPM H2020 Research and Innovation action at the DeSECSys workshop

The 1st workshop on Dependability and Safety Emerging Cloud and Fog Systems (DeSECSys), in the context of the 25th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS ’20), took place virtually on September 17, 2020, and its focal point was the emergence of technologies that support the safety and dependability of the ever-increasing sensitive data handled by digital applications. In addition, besides these technologies which target security by their design, DeSECSys focused also on other technologies, such as machine learning, which could potentially be applied to secure innovative schemes. The aim of the workshop was to foster collaboration and discussion among cyber-security researchers and practitioners to discuss the various applications, opportunities and possible shortcomings of these technologies and their integration. The goal was to produce a collection of state-of-the-art research about emerging security technologies, their applications, their shortcomings and their verification with a focus on their uncompromised, in terms of security, safety and dependability, integration.

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UBITECH kicks off the PALANTIR Innovation Action on Practical Autonomous Cyberhealth for resilient SMEs and Microenterprises

UBITECH participates in the virtual kick-off meeting, hosted by the DBC EUROPE (September 16-17, 2020), of the PALANTIR Innovation Action, officially started on September 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 883335) and spans on the period September 2020 – August 2023. PALANTIR aims at bridging the gap between large enterprises and SMEs/MEs, by providing multi-layered, infrastructure-wide threat monitoring, cyber-resiliency and knowledge sharing in a heterogeneous ecosystem, while at the same time being able to market these services to third parties in the form of Security-as-a-service (SECaaS). PALANTIR will implement a coherent privacy assurance, data protection, incident detection and recovery framework, focusing on the case of highly dynamic service-oriented systems and networks, taking advantage of their inherent programmability features and abstractions. PALANTIR will also focus on cyber-resiliency leveraging the features of service-oriented systems key building features by a) applying and exploiting Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies; b) considering emerging paradigms such as the application of scalable artificial Intelligence, standardization and threat-sharing techniques to risk analysis, network operation, monitoring and management and c) ensuring the SME’s compliance with the relevant data privacy and protection regulations in the data breach age, implementing the «Privacy by Default» and the «Privacy by Design» principles on how personal data is collected, used, transferred and stored between 3rd party businesses and entities.

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UBITECH undertakes the scientific and technical coordination of the SANCUS Research and Innovation Action on audit and defense processes with respect to the runtime changes of the telecommunications network environment

UBITECH hosts the virtual kick-off meeting (September 10-11, 2020) of the SANCUS Research and Innovation Action, officially started on September 1st, 2020.  The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 952672) and spans on the period September 2020 – August 2023. The vision of the SANCUS project is to support the EU mission of protecting the next generation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) networks by proposing an analySis softwAre scheme of uNiform statistiCal sampling, aUdit and defence proceSses. The key idea is to build a wide‐ranging manifold of new tools and strategies that enable next‐generation ICT system networks with massively distributed environments, to perform automated and Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven analysis of their firmware images at massive scale – as the quantity of the processed firmware grows, the capabilities of the system networks advance towards enabling proactive risk assessment of their applications and services by means of and maximising the overall system resilience in joint terms of security, privacy and reliability.

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UBITECH kicks off the FUDGE-5G Innovation Action on Fully Disintegrated Cloud-native 5G Private Networks

UBITECH participates in the virtual kick-off meeting, hosted by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (September 8-9, 2020), of the FUDGE-5G Innovation Action, officially started on September 1st, 2020.  The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 957242) and spans on the period September 2020 – February 2023. The vision of the FUDGE-5G project is to create a new generation of world leading 5G core network technology companies for private 5G networks based in Europe. FUDGE-5G will make a leap forward in realizing the notion of cloud-native 5G private networks by developing a further enhanced Service-Based Architecture (eSBA) for both control plane and user plane with “decomposed” players of the ecosystem divided into: New Radio (NR) access network infrastructure provider, eSBA platform provider, mobile 5G Core (5GC) provider, vertical application orchestration provider and vertical service provider.

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UBITECH undertakes the project management and technical coordination of the PUZZLE Innovation Action on Digital Security and Privacy for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises

UBITECH is hosting the kick-off e-meeting (September 7-8, 2020) of the PUZZLE Innovation Action, officially started on September 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 883540) and spans on the period September 2020 – August 2023. The vision of the PUZZLE project is to design and implement a novel highly usable cybersecurity, privacy and data protection management framework targeted at SMEs&MEs that enables them to dynamically monitor, forecast, assess and manage their security, privacy and personal data protection risks through the usage of targeted cybersecurity management services, increase their cybersecurity awareness through the efficient processing of heterogeneous information flows and the establishment of online collaboration and knowledge sharing with other SMEs&MEs, and extract insights and threat intelligence reports based on analysis over the processed data through the application of artificial intelligence mechanisms.

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UBITECH announces the launch of the ChildRescue mobile app that fosters the investigation of missing children and unaccompanied refugee minors

UBITECH is happy to announce the launch of the ChildRescue App, an innovative application that can help the investigation of missing children and unaccompanied refugee minors cases. The App will be available for free download, for both iOS and Android devices, from the 28th July 2020 and on. For the ChildRescue Innovation Action, which is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Commission, UBITECH had the opportunity to work with a great team of partners, and contribute to the implementation of a secure and privacy-preserving mobile application, compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems. For more info, please have a look at the official video promoting the ChildRescue App launch or go through the press release of the ChildRescue consortium.

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UBITECH establishes strategic partnership with Exit Bee both as an investor and as their main technology provider

As the related due diligence process has completed successfully, UBITECH is signing today an investment agreement with Exit Bee for acquiring almost 10% of this novel start-up specialized in digital marketing and online advertising, as well as a strategic partnership agreement for becoming their main technology vendor, providing Exit Bee with software engineering and devops consulting services. Exit Bee re-defines what’s possible in display advertising with Smart Exit Ads, a new, premium channel for advertisers and a new revenue stream for publishers. Smart Exit Ads outperform any other display advertising format achieving over 96% viewability and up to 40 times higher click-through rate compared to the avg. banner, while introducing new ad formats and unlimited creative options. Smart Exit Ads are already being used by large advertisers across all industries (e.g., automotive, cosmetics, news media, banking, etc.) and by top publishers and media agencies in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Kenya, South Africa, UK and UAE. For more info about the activities and services of Exit Bee, the new member of UBITECH Group, please visit their corporate website: www.exitbee.com