UBITECH has actively participated in the kick-off meeting, in Karlsruhe, Germany (January 25-26, 2017) of the UNICORN Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2017. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 731846) and spans on the period January 2017 – December 2019. The UNICORN project aims to simplify the design, deployment and management of secure- and elastic- by design multi-Cloud services – achieved by a) the development and design of libraries that provide security enforcement mechanisms, data privacy restrictions, monitoring metric collection and resource management across multiple Cloud sites; and b) enabling continuous orchestration and automatic optimization of portable and dynamic Cloud services running on virtual instances or micro-execution containers for increased security, data protection privacy and vast resource (de)-allocation. UNICORN enables software developers to design and develop secure and elastic applications through a Cloud IDE plug-in, hence right where they write their code, that incorporates a set of software code annotations, validation and packaging tools for security, privacy protection, monitoring and elasticity policy definition at the platform, application, component and even code segment level – accompanied with a set of continuous risk, cost and vulnerability assessment utilities for eliminating source code vulnerabilities.
UBITECH has actively participated in the kick-off meeting, in Darmstadt, Germany (January 24-25, 2017) of the PrEstoCloud Research and Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2017. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 732339) and spans on the period January 2017 – December 2019. The PrEstoCloud project that make substantial research contributions in the cloud computing and real-time data intensive applications domains, since it provides a dynamic, distributed, self-adaptive and proactively configurable architecture for processing Big Data streams. In particular, PrEstoCloud combines real-time Big Data, Mobile Processing, Cloud computing and Fog computing research in a unique way that entails proactiveness of Cloud resources use and extension of the Fog computing paradigm to the extreme edge of the network. PrEstoCloud enables a smooth transition toward proactive, real-time Big Data, cloud-driven systems which are able to: (a) sense the need for adapting data-intensive services proactively, (b) define on-the-fly the most suitable changes in the real-time processing architecture including offloading of processing tasks at the extreme edge of the network, (c) predict reconfigurations in the underlying Cloud computing infrastructure resources, and (d) optimise continuously the infrastructure performance. PrEstoCloud is driven by the microservices development paradigm and has been structured across five different conceptual layers: i) Meta-management; ii) Control; iii) Cloud infrastructure; iv) Cloud/Edge communication and v) Devices layers.
UBITECH has actively participated in the kick-off meeting, in Genoa, Italy (January 19-20, 2017) of the ANASTACIA Research and Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2017. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 731558) and spans on the period January 2017 – December 2019. The ANASTACIA project develops and demonstrates a holistic solution that enables trust and security by-design for cyber physical systems (CPS) that are based on IoT and cloud architectures, addressing the increasing vulnerability of today’s smart, highly connected and dynamic CPS, by leveraging the same dynamic distributed and connected environment to enact smart security planning, enforcement and monitoring strategies. This trustworthy-by-design security framework addresses all the phases of the ICT Systems Development Lifecycle and enables autonomous decisions taking through the adoption of the emerging networking technologies of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and the use of intelligent and dynamic security enforcement and monitoring methodologies and tools. ANASTACIA incorporates (a) a security development paradigm based on the compliance to security best practices and the use of the security components and enablers, providing assisted security design, development and deployment cycles to assure security-by-design; (b) a suite of distributed trust and security components and enablers, that are able to dynamically orchestrate and deploy user security policies and risk-assessed resilient actions within complex and dynamic CPS and IoT architectures (online monitoring and testing techniques will allow more automated adaptation of the system to mitigate new and unexpected security vulnerabilities); and (c) a Dynamic Security and Privacy Seal, combining security and privacy standards and real time monitoring and online testing – providing quantitative and qualitative run-time evaluation of privacy risks and security levels, which can be easily understood and controlled by the final users.
UBITECH has actively participated in the kick-off meeting, in Berlin, Germany(January 12-13, 2017) of the AEGIS Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2017. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 732189) and spans on the period January 2017 – June 2019. The AEGIS project that brings together the data, the network and the technologies to create a curated, semantically enhanced, interlinked and multilingual repository for public safety and personal security -related big data, delivering a data-driven innovation that expands over multiple business sectors and takes into consideration structured, unstructured and multilingual datasets, rejuvenates existing models and facilitates organisations in the Public Safety and Personal Security (PSPS) linked sectors to provide better and personalised services to their users. AEGIS will bring together data owners related to PSPS issues (linked to them directly or indirectly) from various sectors across Europe, indicatively from the public, insurance, automotive, environmental, criminal, juridical, health, agriculture, etc. sectors, as well as from Web 2.0 sources and enable their interrelation and interoperation. AEGIS aims to capitalise on modern technological breakthroughs in the areas of the data driven economy, and roll out a completely new value chain of interrelated data streams coming from diverse sectors and languages.
The PaaSport consortium successfully demonstrated the results of the 2nd reporting period (last 21 months) during the final project review on 12th of January at the Research Executive Agency (REA) in Brussels. These results included the release (by UBITECH) of the PaaSport solution that constitutes a thin, non-intrusive Cloud-broker that incorporated all the enabling tools and technologies required for resolving the data and application portability issues that exist in the Cloud PaaS market through a flexible and efficient deployment and migration approach. For accessing the PaaSport solution and take advantage of the novel features offered, please visit http://demo.paasport-project.eu/.
UBITECH has actively participated in the kick-off meeting, in Athens, Greece (January 10-11, 2017) of the BigDataOcean Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2017. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 732310) and spans on the period January 2017 – June 2019. The BigDataOcean project that enables maritime big data scenarios for EU-based companies, organisations and scientists, through a multi-segment platform that will combine data of different velocity, variety and volume under an inter-linked, trusted, multilingual engine to produce a big-data repository of value and veracity back to the participants and local communities, bringing together the data, the network and the technologies to create a curated, semantically enhanced, interlinked and multilingual repository for maritime big data, where different stakeholders will be able to contribute with data in order to support their own goals and operations, but also allow new stakeholders (e.g. entrepreneurs, local communities, local authorities) will be able to develop new solutions in order to enable new, socially and environmentally sustainable business models or solutions.
UBITECH has chaired the DIN SPEC 91337 technical committee, organized and supported by DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung – German Institute for Standardization) that has finally created and published a global standard for managing and controlling the life cycle of an application that is executed in a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud provider.
The term PaaS provider is in line with the definition that is provided by NIST according to which a PaaS provider is a cloud provider that offers the “capability to the consumer to deploy onto the cloud infrastructure consumer-created or acquired applications created using programming languages and tools supported by the provider. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, or storage, but has control over the deployed applications and possibly application hosting environment configurations”. The term “life cycle” denotes all steps and administration functions that are required in order to manage an application starting from the submission of an application to the PaaS provider to the de-provision of an application. These steps and functions represent core services that have previously been offered to service users by Platform-as-a-Service providers as non-standardized, heterogeneous programming interfaces. The DIN SPEC 91337 is intended to provide a definition of these programming interfaces, thus maximizing the interoperability of Platform-as-a-Service-Solutions on the one hand and services and tools from third party vendors on the other hand. If adopted by the industry, the DIN SPEC 91337 could be the basis of a new, open and independent Platform-as-a-Service ecosystem.
The standard and publishable materials is provided in English and targeting international users. The package comes in two parts: 1. Normative and 2. Informative. Normative part is a written document of 24-30 pages, while the Informative part is the downloadable zip file including standardized APIs. For more info, please download the DIN SPEC brochure here.
UBITECH continues its successful participation in the H2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, with the award of top ranked proposals at European level (ARCADIA, INPUT, PaaSword, FALCON, ENTROPY, SUBSOL, SAGE-CARE), as highlighted in a recent report published by the Greek National Documentation Centre (Greek National Contact Point for H2020), entitled “Greek Participation in the Information and Communication Technologies Programme of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, 2014-2015 Work Programme”. In particular, UBITECH ranks 5th among all Greek SMEs in the “top organizations by funding” list concerning the ICT related grants in 2014-2015. In particular, UBITECH has successfully participated in the following ICT related funded research projects (that are taken into account in the aforementioned EKT report): PaaSword, ARCADIA and INPUT. For your convenience, you can download the GNDC report (in Greek) here.
UBITECH invites you at the first industrial focus workshop of the PaaSword H2020 project on privacy-by-design and secure cloud technologies, entitled “No More Dark Clouds with the Data Privacy And Security By Design Platform-As-A Service”, which going to take place on November 10th, 2016 (10:00 – 15:00 Athens time) at the INNOVAATHENS – Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Technopolis City of Athens.
UBITECH is proud to be awarded with the Best Demo Award at Cloud Forward Conference 2016 (held in Madrid, Spain) – based on the votes of all those who attended the demo session. In the course of the SME Event and Demonstrations session of Cloud Forward Conference 2016, UBITECH presented an interactive, live demonstration of the PaaSword data privacy and security by design platform-as-a-service framework.
Watch our video highlighting the main aspects of the demonstrator.