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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first contractual midterm review meeting for the ChildRescue H2020, No 780938, co-funded research project (https://www.childrescue.eu//) took place in Brussels on September 20, 2019. ChildRescue aims at effectively and timely raising collective awareness and instigating instant community action during the investigation of missing children. It is an ambitious project with a social impact that aims to assist the investigation of missing children and the discovery and identification of unaccompanied minors using state-of-the-art technologies and an innovative methodology. The ChildRescue consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the first 18 months of project. UBITECH, as the responsible partner and leader of the privacy and anonymization methodology of the project as well as the leader of the ChildRescue Mobile App and the technical validation and verification of the ChildRescue Platform, presented the ChildRescue Privacy and Anonymization Framework, the first version of the Childrescue Mobile App and assured the delivery of the fully integrated and technically verified ChildRescue Platform, implemented in collaboration with Suite5 and SingularLogic.
The 4th Plane Pull was held for “The Smile of the Child” on the 18th of September 2019 in Athens, wherein UBITECH participated, supporting the “Smile for the Child” organization, and was awarded the 3rd Prize for the most enthusiastic team. The event took place in collaboration with Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. It was a truly special event for the airport community and it was organized for the fourth consecutive year at the venues of the Athens International Airport. The 4th Plane Pull in Greece became a reality on the airport’s runway with the participation of 14 teams comprised of 30 people, each one aiming to pull a Boeing 737- 400 from the AIR MEDITERRANEAN fleet for a distance of 20 meters.
The common goal of everyone was to raise funds for the actions of “The Smile” in the field of medical care of children. In 2018 alone, 27.121 children with health problems and their families were supported through the actions of the Organization nationwide thanks to the Mobile Medical Units for newborns and children, the program of Preventive Medicine, carried out by 3 Mobile Medical Units, the support to hospitalized children in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Pediatric Care at Home and the provision of shelter to children with health problems.
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From 9th to 10th September 2019 the first FutureTPM H2020- 779391 project review meeting took place in Brussels. The first day was dedicated to the preparation meeting where the planned presentations were rehearsed. In the evening the partners went out for a common dinner where interesting discussions continued in a more informal atmosphere. The next day, the consortium partners came together with three independent reviewers and the Project Officer (PO) for the first review meeting. At the beginning Thanassis Giannetsos (DTU) and Li Chen (SURREY) as the technical leaders of the FutureTPM project gave an overview of FutureTPM. The consortium reported the current project status, results and achievements as well as the ongoing work in the individual work packages. In particular, UBITECH presented the FutureTPM threat modelling, risk assessment, and runtime risk assessment framework. To this end, research has culminated to the development of holistic risk assessment framework capable of providing functionalities during both design-time, where an initial risk graph of all possible threats and risks are identified, and run-time, where the risk graph can be updated in order to achieve the required security, trust and privacy properties in the case of newly identified (e.g., zero-day) vulnerabilities. The reviewers and the PO were satisfied with the results and provided some feedback and recommendations for the future work. All in all it was a successful meeting and partners are enthusiastic about continuing their work in the project.
UBITECH is participating at the kick-off meeting, in Heraklion, Greece (September 10-11, 2019), of the CyberSANE Innovation Action, officially started on September 1st, 2019. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 833683) and spans on the period September 2019 – August 2022. The CyberSANE project intends to improve the detection and analysis of cyber-attacks and threats on Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs), increases the knowledge on the current cyber threat landscape and supports human operators (such as Incident Response professionals) to dynamically increase preparedness, improve cooperation amongst CIIs operators, and adopt appropriate steps to manage security risks, report and handle security incidents. Moreover, CyberSANE is fully in-line with relevant regulations (such as the GDPR and NIS directive), which requires organizations to increase their preparedness, improve their cooperation with each other, and adopt appropriate steps to manage security risks, report and handle security incidents.
In particular, CyberSANE will develop a system that addresses both technical and congitive challenges related to identification, prevention and protection against attacks. At technical level, the CyberSANE system will collect, compile, process and fuse attack related data from multiple perspective, through its main four components: The Live Security Monitoring and Analysis (LiveNet) component, the Deep and Dark Web mining and Intelligence (DarkNet) component, the Data Fusion, Risk Evaluation and Event Management (HybridNet) component and the Intelligent and Information Sharing and Dissemination (ShareNet) component. From a cognitive perspective, the system will enable decision makers (e.g. incident response professionals) to better understand understand the technical aspects of an attack and draw conclusions on how to respond.