News: Protection of critical water infrastructure - European research project STOP-IT has started

Barcelona, June 2017

With a successful kickoff-meeting at the beginning of June 2017 in Oslo, a new European H2020 funded research project has begun its work. The project STOP-IT (Strategic, Tactical, Operational Protection of water Infrastructure against cyber-physical Threats) focuses on finding solutions to protect critical water infrastructure against physical and cyber threats. Over the course of the next four years, a team of major water utilities, industrial technology developers, high tech small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) and top European Research and Development (R&D) providers across Europe and Israel will work together closely.

The STOP-IT solutions are going to include mature technologies, like public warning systems and smart locks that are improved by their combination and embedment. There also will be novel technologies, including fault-tolerant control strategies for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) integrated sensors, high-volume real-time sensor data protection via blockchain schemes, irregular human detection using new computer vision methods and WiFi and efficient water contamination detection algorithms.

The solutions are tested and demonstrated with a front-runner/follower approach, where four advanced front-runner utilities, Aigües de Barcelona (Spain), Berliner Wasserbetriebe (Germany), Mekorot (Israel) and Oslo VAV (Norway) are twinned with Hessenwasser (Germany), Bergen Kommune (Norway), Emasagra (Spain) and DeWatergroep (Belgium), to stimulate mutual learning, transfer and uptake of the STOP-IT solutions.

Worldsensing is a task leader in 5.1 and 6.2 WS and will design and integrate key innovative components for the intended secure communications system for Water CIP exploring the requirements of novel technology as NB IoT and sub-GHz communication system (LoRa). Considering potential security test, where adequate, jamming detector will be adapted considering infrastructure provider needs and requirements in order to increase the level of protection for the wireless channel in Critical Infrastructure environment. Moreover, WS will analyze and support pilot experimentations and training to contribute on the optimum configuration of the proposed security product and to test such system in each case. Finally, considering the project´s impact, WS will drive forward market creation and possible exploitation according to the exploitation plan and participate in dissemination activities.


About Worldsensing

Worldsensing is a widely recognized global IoT pioneer. Founded in 2008, the Barcelona-based technology provider delivers Operational Intelligence to traditional industries and cities. With over 70 employees and offices in Barcelona, London and Los Angeles, Worldsensing is globally active and has already conducted projects in over 50 countries across 5 continents.
With a focus on developing integrated software and hardware solutions for both smart city and industrial applications, the company’s flagship products are its integrated City Operational Intelligence Solution Mobility, Loadsensing, the Connected Infrastructure Solution and Fastprk, its Parking Management System.
Worldsensing is an end-to-end provider, who develops projects, manufactures the necessary technology and commercializes it through a global partner network. The company is experiencing fast growth and is planning to double its staff and revenue in 2017.

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