Project Abstract

Funded by: European Union

Total budget: 4,862,363 €;
EU contribution: 3,286,144 €

Contract Number: CNECT-ICT-609062
Area of Activity: Framework Programme 7

ICT Objective 1.4 IoT (Smart Cities)


1st September 2013 - 31st August 2016

The Vision

The vision of SMARTIE is to create a distributed framework to share large volumes of heterogeneous information for the use in smart-city applications, enabling end-to-end security and trust in information delivery for decision-making purposes following data owner’s privacy requirements. A secure, trusted, but easy to use IoT system for a Smart City will benefit the various stakeholders of a smart city: The City Administration will have it easier to get information from their citizens while protecting their privacy. Furthermore, the services offered will be more reliable if quality and trust of the underlying information is ensured.

Privacy and Trust are a key prerequisite for citizens to participate in Smart City activities. A Smart City can improve the Smart and Comfort Live of their citizens enormously.

Enterprises benefit from the securely provided information. They can optimize their business processes and deal with peak demands introduced by the dynamics of the Smart City. Furthermore, they can offer more tailored solutions for their customers based on the status of the Smart City.

Main Objectives

  • Understanding requirements for data and application security and creating a policy-enabled framework supporting data sharing across applications.
  • Developing new technologies that establish trust and security in the perception layer and network layer.
  • Develop new technologies for trusted information creation and secure storage for the information service layer.
  • Develop new technologies for information retrieval and processing guided by access control policies in the application layer.
  • Demonstrate the project results in real use cases

Key Challenges

The idea of the IoT brings new challenges regarding security and in consequence also for privacy, trust and reliability. The major issues are:

  • Many devices are no longer protected by well-known mechanisms such as firewalls and can be attacked via the wireless channel directly. In addition devices can be stolen and analysed by attackers to reveal their key material.
  • Combining data from different sources is the other major issue since there is no trust relationship between data providers and data consumers at least not from the very beginning.
  • Secure exchange of data is required between IoT devices and consumers of their information

Technical Approach

SMATIE comprises 7 work packages.

WP2 will extract the formal requirements for the IoT platform and it will outline its functional design.

WP3 will investigate and develop novel technologies to securely gather information from the real world e.g. from citizens, traffic control systems etc. and store it in the platform in a privacy-preserving way.

WP4 will work on the development of new techniques to securely retrieve the gathered, processed and stored information from many subsystems, through advanced access control mechanisms, to offer smart and user-tailored services to the citizens. . In addition privacy preserving data manipulation will be researched.

WP5 will be in charge of integrating all the pieces of the puzzle to build the advanced and secure IoT platform to provide enhanced services to the citizens.

WP6 will deploy such framework in a real scenario and evaluate its feasibility.

WP7 will deal with the dissemination of the new knowledge generated within the frame of this project, as well as the exploitation of the achieved results.

Expected Impact

  • The SMARTIE IoT platform will allow the virtualization of the functionalities of discovery, secure information access, processing and privacy-aware distribution between the consumer and producer of the data generated by the smart objects.
  • It will demonstrate the applicability in scenarios linked to the green behaviour and sustainability of smart cities like efficient transport/mobility and energy management.
  • SMARTIE will facilitate new companies for developing and providing services over its IoT infrastructure/platform.
  • SMARTIE allows heterogeneous and multiple source of data to interact in reliable and secure manner providing third parties developers in Europe to enter the Smart Cities area and in that way increase the share of the IoT market.

Use Cases

Frankfurt/Oder (GER)

  • Traffic management with the possibility to influence real traffic.
  • Focus on authentication, trust, data security, interoperability

Murcia (ES)

  • Monitoring energy efficiency in the campus
  • Users can interact with the system to improve energy efficiency.

Belgrade (RS)

  • Provide smart transportation using location of busses and travellers
  • Focus on data security and privacy using developed access rights and policies

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