UBITECH is participating at the kick-off meeting, in Brussels, Belgium (January 16, 2019), of the SECONDO Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, officially started on January 1st, 2019. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 823997) and spans on the period January 2019 – December 2022. The SECONDO H2020 project aims to deliver a unique, scalable, highly interoperable Economics-of-Security-as-a-Service (ESaaS) platform that encompasses a comprehensive cost-driven methodology for: (i) estimating cyber risks based on a quantitative approach that focuses on both technical and non-technical aspects, (e.g. users behaviour), that influence cyber exposure; (ii) providing analysis for effective and efficient risk management by recommending optimal investments in cyber security controls; and (iii) determining the residual risks and estimating the cyber insurance premiums taking into account the insurer’s business strategy, while eliminating the information asymmetry between the insured and insurer. Thus, the SECONDO platform will establish a new paradigm in risk management for enterprises of various sizes, with respect to the GDPR framework, while it will enable formal and verifiable methodologies for insurers that require estimating premiums. Continue reading UBITECH participates in the SECONDO Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action on digital security economics, optimal investments and cyber insurance
UBITECH participates in the kick-off meeting, in Rome, Italy (January 15-17, 2019) of the InteropEHRate Research and Innovation Action, officially started on January 1st, 2019. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 826106) and spans on the period January 2019 – June 2022. The key goal of InteropEHRate is to complement and integrate the current interoperability infrastructures with new technologies for health data exchange centred on the citizen, based on a bottom-up approach that does not require the coordination by a superior authority and that leaves more control of health data to the citizen. InteropEHRate will address the current lack of standardization and security, by defining a set of integrated protocols and conformance criteria for mobile apps, supporting secure and portable local storage and backup, released as open specifications. Moreover, the project will integrate these new protocols with technologies for information extraction and translation, to reduce the difficulties in health data exchange related to the different terminologies and languages adopted in different European countries and by different healthcare providers.
UBITECH is going to support the demonstration of the MATILDA 5G PPP project results in the 5G In Action Demo Stand entitled “Building the next-generation network” at ICT 2018. The demonstration is going to take place at the 5th of December 2018, from 9:00 to 13:00, at the stand with number C23-C29 in the exhibition center area “Creating Networks & Technology” (Hall X4). The overall demonstration is going to show the main operational aspects of the MATILDA orchestration framework, focusing on the capacity for realising end-to-end orchestration of Cloud-native applications over 5G infrastructure. Specifically, demonstration of the MATILDA end-to-end orchestration framework for Cloud-native applications over 5G infrastructure is going to take place, based on the “5G emergency communications” application, provided by ININ (Ljubljana, Slovenia), supporting communication and interaction among first responders over an application aware network-slice. The main functionalities of the MATILDA Vertical Application Orchestrator, the provided OSS/BSS and the set of dynamic network slice creation and management functionalities are going to be demonstrated. It should be noted that, with over 60 different 5G PPP experiments planned across Europe in 2018-2020, the overall 5G In Action interactive booth will showcase demos from the best applications delivered by projects funded in the context of the 5G PPP under Horizon2020.
UBITECH presents the 5GTANGO 5G PPP project results in the 5G In Action Demo Stand entitled “Building the next-generation network” at ICT 2018. The project presentation takes place at the 4th of December 2018, from 9:00 to 13:00, at the stand with number C23-C29 in the exhibition center area “Creating Networks & Technology” (Hall X4). Specifically, presentation of the main functionalities provided by the 5GTANGO ecosystem is going to be provided, including the NFV-enabled Service Development Kit for the design and development of network functions and services, the Validation and Verification framework for supporting extensive testing, validation and verification (in terms of performance and quality) of the developed software, and the modular Service Platform for efficiently deploying and orchestrating network services over 5G infrastructure. It should be noted that, with over 60 different 5G PPP experiments planned across Europe in 2018-2020, the overall 5G In Action interactive booth will showcase demos from the best applications delivered by projects funded in the context of the 5G PPP under Horizon 2020.
UBITECH joins forces with Energy Research Innovators, with a long track record in the identification, design, development and commercialization of research and innovation smart energy projects, and establishes UBITECH ENERGY in Brussels, Belgium. Building upon a deep and thorough understanding of energy systems current needs and future challenges, and addressing a wide range of technologies and domains – including smart grid solutions, energy efficiency, IoT, cybersecurity and data privacy, renewables integration, energy markets and services, blockchain technology, cloud computing and big data analytics, the vision of UBITECH ENERGY is to revolutionize the energy value chain with new technologies and pave the way for its new digital era.
UBITECH has successfully demonstrated the MAESTRO end-to-end orchestration framework for Cloud-native applications over 5G infrastructure in the MATILDA review meeting that took place in Genoa during 22-23 November 2018. The realised demonstration regarded the deployment and orchestration of a “5G emergency communications” application, provided by ININ (Ljubljana, Slovenia), supporting communication and interaction among first responders over an application aware network-slice. In more detail, the provided application was on boarded to the MAESTRO development environment, where the set of networking requirements to be considered during placement were specified. Such requirements led to the creation of a slice intent (description of the network slice to be supported for this application). The latter led to a request from the Cloud orchestration mechanisms to the underlying, fully incorporated OSS for the automated creation of the appropriate network slice, as well as the activation of the required network services in the NFVO (OSM). It should be noted that the request is based on the specification and implementation of open APIs for the interaction among the Cloud orchestration mechanisms and the OSS, following the evolving 3GPP specifications (e.g. based on the results of the 3GPP Common API Framework Study). Upon the creation of the network slice instance, Cloud and network orchestration mechanisms were activated, leading to the efficient provision of the application. The deployment was realised over the 5G end-to-end facility provided by CNIT (Genoa, Italy), covering the radio access, transport and core network part. Following the application’s provision, scenarios related to the scaling of the application components given the workload characteristics were realised. The overall demonstration showed the main operational aspects of the MAESTRO orchestration framework, focusing on the capacity for realising end-to-end orchestration of Cloud-native applications over 5G infrastructure.
UBITECH participates in the kick-off meeting, in Athens, Greece (October 31, 2018) of the ENDORSE Greek research project, officially started on September 6th, 2018. The project is co-funded by the action “Researching-Creating-Innovating” (under the instrument “Partnerships of Enterprises with Research Organizations”) of the operational programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religion Matters (Grant Agreement No. T1EDK- 03695) and spans on the period September 2018 – August 2021. The ENDORSE project aims at the design, implementation and evaluation of a prototype integrated platform based on advanced and emerging gamification technologies and biofeedback mechanisms facilitating self-management of health in children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) and/or Obesity. ENDORSE will focus on the development of a pervasive environment able to deliver applications and services with the ultimate goal to raise awareness, to train, to monitor, to comply, to promote healthy lifestyle behavioral changes and to support decision-making by placing the target groups (children and adolescents with T1DM and/or obesity) at the center of their healthcare.
On October 29, 2018 at UBITECH’s premises in Athens, partners of the Horizon 2020 co-funded research projects I-BiDaaS and PrEstoCloud will meet at a joint technical workshop to explore, discuss and promote coexistence and synergies in the area of Big Data and Cloud technologies and applications. On the one hand, PrEstoCloud (prestocloud-project.eu) focuses on the research of cloud computing and real-time big data technologies, providing a dynamic, distributed architecture that enables proactive cloud resource management reaching the extreme edge of the network for efficient data processing. On the other hand, I-BiDaaS (www.ibidaas.eu/) constitutes a self-service solution, aiming to empower users to easily utilize and interact with big data technologies by designing, building and demonstrating a unified framework that significantly increases the speed of data analysis while coping with the rate of data asset growth and facilitates cross-domain data-flow towards a thriving data-driven EU economy. Participants of the workshop will use the opportunity to identify common challenges, create synergies and optimize the research activities of both projects dealing with similar topics.
UBITECH participates in the kick-off meeting, in Nicosia, Cyprus (October 24, 2018) of the PERSONAS Cypriot research project, officially started on October 2nd, 2018. The project is co-funded by the “Research in Enterprises” action of the multi-annual development framework of Programmes RESTART 2016-2020 for the support of Research, Technological Development and Innovation in Cyprus (Grant Agreement No. ENTERPRISES/0916/0063) and spans on the period October 2018 – September 2020. The PERSONAS project leverages virtualization for offering additional security to the end-user, providing a device independent, user-centric and self-adaptive security system, able to cope with the concept of seamless working experience on different devices, in which a user may start a session on a device and location and follow up the process on different devices and locations, without corporate or personal digital asset loss – delivering an agile personalized system, which, based on the context, enables different features for increased security on individuals and corporate devices.
Main features include: (i) enable automation of software virtualization for protecting different types of corporate and personal data based on an active context, and (ii) assist individual users and organizations manage data security processes and related policies more effectively while maintaining a sufficient level of user awareness and control of any automated decisions made by computing devices. The key technological concepts and artefacts comprising the proposed PERSONAS framework and constituting its unique selling points are described below:
The scientific paper entitled “An Ontology-Driven Elderly People Home Mobilization Approach”, edited by UBITECH and presented at the First International Workshop on Semantic Web Technologies for Health Data Management (SWH 2018) Workshop that is co-located with the 17th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2018), hosted between October 8-12, 2018 in Monterey, California, USA, has been selected as the best paper of SWH 2018. As a result, an extended version of it will be included in a journal special issue entitled “Emerging Topics in Semantic Technologies. ISWC 2018 Satellite Events” by AKA Verlag. In this paper, Sophia Karagiorgou, Dimitris Ntalaperas, Georgios Vafeiadis, Dimitris Alexandrou and their co-authors introduce a semantic interoperability agent which exploits mobility tracking and spatiotemporal characteristics to extract human profiling in order to give incentives to elderly people for mobilization at home. The agent exploits an extended ontology composed by UBITECH R&D team over the official collection of universAAL ontology, which facilitates the collation of evidence for the effects of exergaming on the movement control of older adults. This agent enables to support personalized monitoring services through a set of rules which are individually defined to generate incentives for elderly people home care taking into consideration their daily movement habits.